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Old 12-27-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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Very strange allergic reaction...to what?

I've dealt with food and seasonal allergies my whole life, so I have a pretty good hold on them. Usually, a Zyrtec or Allegra will clear me right up when I have an attack. However, within the last year I've faced very different (and honestly, very weird) challenges with my allergies.

On four separate occasions that I can remember, each one regularly spaced about 2-3 months apart, I've had a sudden onslaught of allergic symptoms. Without warning, my nose will get stuffy, my eyes will water, and I will sneeze uncontrollably. These symptoms last all day long, and my throat will get sore and dry from all the sneezing. No antihistamine clears these symptoms. I'll go to bed, have a terrible night of sleep, wake up the next morning and be fine.

Non-smoker, light drinker, a bit overweight but not obese, fairly athletic, young. No real health problems other than well-controlled asthma and the aforementioned food allergies. I've been unable to find a common ground between the four occasions when this happened. Not only did they occur in four different seasons (early June, late July, early October, late December), but they all happened in four different environments (old house, workplace, new house, parents' house)! The most recent attack occurred today, in the aftermath of a New England snow storm (which makes me rule out seasonal allergies as the culprit), in a well-controlled environment with low humidity.

I have absolutely no idea how or why this happens, or if anyone experiences the same type of thing. Obviously, the vast majority of the time I am unaffected, but when these attacks happen, it's unbearable. And since I can't predict when it will happen, it does affect my daily life and schedule.

Does anybody out there have any insight?

 
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