Severe allergies!


anoosi23
on Jan 10, 2017 @ 11:05 pm

Does anyone else struggle with severe allergies?

I have severe environmental allergies and it really does limit my daily activities. How do you deal with it? I clearly am just dealing with it by doing nothing! Of course I do have regular doctor's visits because I have asthma as well.

I also have recently had surgery to remove polyps from my nose, a side effect of prolong allergy symptoms and chronic sinusitis. 

What are your daily battles and struggles?
 

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TiaQ
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 07:58 am

I am a severe allergy sufferer--- environmental and food. Some years are a bit more rough--- i have to take reactine daily..other times I can build my immune up. I try and keep the house as dust free as possible, and groom my dogs (which I am slightly allergic to...)
every once in awhile, I will take a benedryl at night to help my body catch up and not get run down from my allergies!
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MelRichard
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 08:02 am

Glad to see this posted as I have the same struggles! I have extremely severe allergies. I did allergy shots for 8 years as a kid, then moved across the country. Now there are different allergens here and I cannot find a doctor to do allergy shots for me as they all say my allergies are too severe! I also suffer from asthma.


I currently take prescription Reactine, Singulair, nasal sprays, corticosteroid inhalers, Atarax, and prednisone for my allergies. I also had polyps removed a few years ago, and my adenoids removed a few years before that! About six months ago I started on biological treatment - it's bi-weekly injections called Xolair. (Maybe this is an option for you?) It's costing me about $12,000 - so I really hope it helps!!


I work really hard at it, but still I'm sick daily and I am ALWAYS tired (partly side effects of med, partly from being in a state of inflammation all the time). My house is an allergy-sufferer's-heaven - fancy electrostatic air filters, no carpets, hypoallergenic covers on all of the beds/pillows/duvets... But still I struggle. I'm always the sniffly girl, the person that blows their nose constantly. The sides of my nose are always cracked and dry from blowing all day long.

I cope by avoiding allergens (as much as possible). There are many friends' houses that I cannot visit because of dust/animals. I avoid wearing fragrances. I avoid smoky situations. On days that there is lots of pollen outside, I stay inside with the windows shut (or I often wear a mask!) I think avoidance, when possible, is an allergy-sufferer's best friend. I've also discovered (over 30 years of trial and error) that consuming dairy really increases my mucous production, so I try to avoid dairy also. Have you had an allergy test done recently? I found that even the items he mentioned to me as "oh, you're kind of allergic to this..." have been worth avoiding. For example, he told me I was allergic to bananas, which I thought was ridiculous. Turns out if I eat bananas two days in a row, I break out with eczema! So he was right! Now, I just avoid bananas and I feel better for it.

I'm with you anoosi. Allergies SUCK - they can be really debilitating!! Anybody who says "just allergies" has NEVER SUFFERED FROM ALLERGIES! I'm sorry to hear that this is your struggle too. You're not alone!



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anoosi23
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 08:15 am

I'm glad to hear I am not alone.

MelRichard I am sorry to hear your struggle. I feel like I am in the same boat. I actually was allergy free (or symptom free) as a child. I started developing systems about four years ago, but they were growing rapidly.

I started biological treatment for my asthma, but have yet to commence for allergies but I definitely will be looking into it soon.
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TiaQ
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 08:42 am

I have noticed my allergies have gotten better by taking a lot of vitamins and watching what i eat as well. I know it sounds weird-- but it honestly has helped with my environmental allergies! I was puffer-reliant as a child, and i weaned myself off of it and worked on my asthma..

Mine possibly could be better as an adult as our allergens change as we grow (horomones, places, etc) i moved across province and had to readjust completely.
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TiaQ
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 08:44 am

though I think my allergies have now developed through my excema and psoriasis. as opposed to asthma in the past. I get bloody noses, i cannot go to a house with cats etc....

I just have focused on taking extreme care of my body and keeping it as healthy as possible so it can fight all the allergies
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anoosi23
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 08:45 am

I honestly am hoping for mine to improve as they seem to be worsening.
My doctors find it strange as well because it does not run in our family. I am the only one in my family who has allergies, NOT to mention how severe they are.
I do try to eat well, however I will admit I'm not the best eater out there and I will defiantly be improving what I eat.
I've actually considered a vegan diet just to see if my allergies would be defected by it.
I will give up anything to feel healthy again.
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MelRichard
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 09:01 am

Anoosi - have you ever taken prednisone? If not - look into it and ask your doctor! LIFESAVER.
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anoosi23
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 09:04 am

I take it frequently. The problem with prednisone is that I am stuck in between feeling better now versus will I only develop more problems from medical side effects in the future.
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MelRichard
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 09:07 am

Oh girl I'm sorry to hear it. We are totally in the same boat! I've never met anybody like me before. I am also the only person in my family with allergies! I love prednisone because it makes me feel "normal" (minus the insomnia, weight gain, and mood swings, of course!) but unfortunately I now have osteoporosis after taking it for 30 years. That being said, it's the ONLY thing that works when my allergies FLARE.

Just out of curiosity, where are you located? I'm in Alberta and since moving to the prairies my allergies have been far worse than when I lived on Vancouver Island!

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anoosi23
. on Jan 11, 2017 @ 09:18 am

I actually am located in Alberta too!
It is strange hearing about someone so similar to myself. It is also a relief.
When people find out about my allergies or I tell someone, I can almost feel this sense of "stop being dramatic" coming from them.
To be fair most allergies are not like ours.
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