Sadly, Claritin/Loratadine have never had a great deal of effect upon anything but a minor case of the allergic sniffles for me. I have pollen allergies which are more mild than they used to be, and also some lovely skin ones - wool, metallic threads, dust (yes, skin allergy and nasal, too!), many detergents, etc. Plus I'm allergic to chocolate (mild, can eat some now and then) and peanut butter (not mild, can't even eat a PB cookie!!)!
My prescription plan won't pay for most medications that are approved for both indoor and outdoor allergies ever since Claritin went to over-the-counter sales, either, so my best choice is to grab some Benadryl, which just puts me to sleep. Of course, if I'm sleeping, I really don't notice the hives, do I?
Again, thanks for the feedback, friends.