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Old 10-14-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

There may be typos here. I'm typing from my Kindle and I still am not used to touch screens. Forgive me in advance, please

As far back as I can remember, I've had terrible allergy problems. I don't have a particularly bad season, though spring is always rough on me. I've tried everything I know to do except dietary changes and the neti pot.

A little background: I get frequent sneeze attacks that pretty much make it impossible for me to function for a few minutes because I'm just sneezing over and over, usually barely able to keep it from being painful to myself. I unfortunately have to keep my nose shut tight and my mouth seems to automatically stay closed when I'm sneezing. My sneezes are always quite painful if I don't do it that way and will leave me with a sore throat, a sinus headache, and more problems for hours after I sneeze. Sometimes, I'll have these attacks multiple times per day. I'm terrified I'm going to have one while I'm driving. I've come pretty close. I'm also worried that if I start having these troubles in public, or rather if I continue having them, I'll get weird looks. I was having a particularly rough day last friday and my manager asked if I was having a seizure because of how I looked on the outside while struggling to hold a sneeze attack at bay.

I seem to have an extremely sensitive and extremely reactive nose. I went in to see an ENT specialist and the doctor put this cloth-thing in my nostrils with something on it that was supposed to open my nasal passages up a bit, giving me more room to breathe through my nose. I may have remembered part od that wrong, but the doc was surprised to see me pull that out and start having violent sneeze attacks every couple of minutes. I was still having a rough time with it for 4 hours afterwards. The doctor said I had "a nose from Hell," which, while funny, is just as rough as it sounds.

The doc ordered a scan od my head and found something benign. He couldn't explain my allergies.

Before seeing him, I frequented a local Allergy/Asthma center and was put on close to every medication they could throw at me (one or two at a time, of course). Rhe doctor there got kinda tired of me asking if there was anything else they had for me. Pills never work, sprays make me sneeze, and I was on rhe maintenence level after about 3 years of allergy shots withour ever noticong a difference.

Again, sorry for the typos...

When I first went in for allerfy testing, I tested positive foe over 80 of the 100ish things they tested at that facility. They told me I was "allerfic to life," which is where I got the username.

There has to be some way to avoid these allergies. I do need to clean up my room more and I really need to get dust away from me, but this level of environmental allergies just seems ridiculous...

Add my sleep issues to that (I seem to get very little restful sleep, mostly due to mild apnea and overthinking things at night) and you can probably see that I feel stuck. What can I do to get some relief?

Somewhat odd question... can people be allergic to sunlight? My allergies seem to flare up when the sun is bright outside.

 
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:44 AM   #2
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

I somewhat feel you. My allergies are making me feel sick. Normally, I'm fine with cold weather..I guess my immune system is really bad -.-.
And to your question, about being allergic to sunlight..um, I guess so?
There are some people who have to really avoid the sun because of a rare skin condition that they have called: xeroderma pigmentosum ( XP ) . I'm not sure if it's real or not,but I got that from a movie that I watched. It sounds pretty real.
Sorry, but I had to bring that up.
Maybe it's the humid/ air ? You know when there's sunlight there's all this other stuff.
Maybe that's it. I hate it when it's stuffy and hot/ warm..makes everything even worse -.-.

About your sleep issues, I don't really have advice that will help you..but maybe try reading something you like? it can make you feel a bit better. that's what i'm doing right now. i don't feel like sleeping because of my stuffy nose & etc.
hope that you'll feel better! hang in there !

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Old 10-19-2012, 06:06 AM   #3
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

I sometimes sneeze up to 10 times in a row and it is super annoying. I've done it all my life. At one point in high school one of my teachers asked me to keep track of how many times a day I actually sneeze, it was in the upper 30s just during the school day. It is reduced by my Allegra, but still there. So I feel you! I never try to hold it in though, that always makes me feel worse and hurts my sinuses. I just let it out.

Have you tried Singulair? Nighttime used to be the worst for me and my allergies. I have had trouble sleeping my whole life because of my allergies. I would wheeze in my sleep and be really congested. I started taking Singulair before bed a few years ago and I sleep like a baby. It's not for everyone, but it really works well for me. It also helps my asthma.

 
Old 11-01-2012, 12:38 PM   #4
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

I hear ya I too have lots of issues.


I know I have Asthma and allergies ( hay-fever).I am getting so discouraged because I am so sensitive to so many different things. I have eczema also.


I guess I am just feeling a little down that I have been at so many jobs and not being able to continue, because of the atmosphere. Pretty much, I have very low tolerance for any chemical, cleaner,spray including things like tires, wood etc.... When I'm around these things it will make my chest tighten and make me feel horrible and weak. The longer I am exposed to it the worst it will be. Many people don't look at this as a disability but it really is. I'm not lazy I want to work but just have so many problems trying to find a job I can actually do.Its already hard to find work these days.

 
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

I, too, am sensitive to all sort of stuff and it is called vasomotor rhiniitis and often walks hand in hand with hay fever. Allergy injections have helped me tremendously. YOu may want to see an allergist and be tested. Before my injections really became effective, I could not walk into a fabric store because of the sizing on the fabric and i LOVE to sew. I also could not go near perfume or new rugs and you name it.

 
Old 11-01-2012, 04:31 PM   #6
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

When you had your issues what were the symptoms? I was told at another site to look into copd..just to make sure.

I looked up vasomotor rhinitis, and I really don't have those symptoms, but it's definitely something I will look in to .

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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

They were just like yours. When I was around those things, my chest would tighten and I would get weak. I could not walk down the detergent aisle of a market, go near perfume, be near new rugs and all sorts of chemicals. I was at a new allergist the other day and he tested my lungs and said they were excellent, but that was the other day and I have been back on my injections for some time. I don't think he would have said that before because I have had to walk out of places because my lungs would fill up. I urge you to go to an allergist and he will test you. In that way, you will know.

 
Old 11-01-2012, 04:46 PM   #8
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

I will try to see an allergist, do you notice any side affect from your allergy injections?

When I'm around certain chemicals my chest will tighten and burn, and I will feel very week. Depending on how long I am exposed to the chemical determines how long the symptoms will bother me. Eventually I start to get Phlegm and in the lungs...

I work at a warehouse with a ton of tires, Iv worked there only two days.. and it has bothered me already..smh I don't even know what to do at this point.

 
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

No, I do not notice any side effects from the injections. I went to an allergist years ago and was on injections and when I moved, the new man told me I only had vasomotor rhinitis, which was wrong,but I was not well at the time, so went off the injections. When my former allergist found out what the second one did, he was FURIOUS because allergic rhinitis and vasomotor rhinitis often walk hand in had. My injections have helped me TREMENDOUSLY with both of these allergy afflictions. So, if one dr. tells you that you only have one type of allergy, please get another opinion,

 
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

I agree 100% do you have asthma or bronchitis?

 
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

I do have asthma, but it only flares up when I am around chemicals. As I said, the allergist found my lungs to be in excellent condition the other day, but I had not been around some chemical. A story in point: I went to Boston with my husband and we stayed in a nice hotel and new rug had been put down in the room. I spent a great deal of the time on the staircase. Had I known the new rug were there, I never would have gone. New rugs have all sorts of chemicals in them. Maybe if I had been on my injections, my reaction would not have been so bad. I COULD NOT WAIT TO GET HOME! As far as bronchitis goes; I do not believe I have it, but that does not mean to say that I will not be prone to it, if I come down with some other thing. The best thing you can do is visit a GOOD allergist and lay the cards on the table with him. I could not be around perfume, but can be around it more now that my injections are working.

 
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

OK that's is very informing, I appreciate it. I will try to see an allergist I was diagnosed with asthma at age 7, and have not had my lungs thoroughly checked since then. I want them to look into the copd and allergies...

In your opinion, does the shots just mask the symptoms or stop the problem completely. I mean if the shots worked for me...would It still be a bad idea to be constantly be around things that irritated you before the shots? Basically is the damage still being done you just don't feel it?

 
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

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OK that's is very informing, I appreciate it. I will try to see an allergist I was diagnosed with asthma at age 7, and have not had my lungs thoroughly checked since then. I want them to look into the copd and allergies...

In your opinion, does the shots just mask the symptoms or stop the problem completely. I mean if the shots worked for me...would It still be a bad idea to be constantly be around things that irritated you before the shots? Basically is the damage still being done you just don't feel it?
Nothing stops the symptoms completely, but they have made it much easier for me to be around them. However, I am not the first to run to the perfume counter in a store!! I think you are asking me if you can still work where you do and I am in no position to answer that. You can discuss this with your allergist and for all I know, he may be able to tell you to take an allergy pill that will help you. I wish you the best of luck and if you have any more questions, please feel free to write.

 
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

I'll ask the allergist if its more of a (mask the symptoms)or an actual cure...If that make since... Because in COPD, the chemicals are said to damage the lung tissue....

I say that because for example, I use to visit a friend with a pet and I would use Benadryl, and it would make it so much better, but once the Benadryl wore off later in the day or the next morning.. the mucus, runny nose, would still come..as if the Benadryl was just blocking the symptoms for the time being.

Thanks for your help

 
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Re: Struggling with uncontrollable environmental allergies...

Shots/ immunotherapy etc dont just mask allergy symptoms.They cause the immune system to not over react and create histamine which is what every allergy sufferers problem is.Thats why when you pop an antihistamine ( Benadryl ) you feel better.It reduces the histamine your body produces,hence reduces swelling in the sinuses and lung tissue( in extreme cases muscle inflammation ).The shots/drops treatment just prevents the body from over reacting so its better than meds and a lot less hurtful to the liver.

 
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