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Old 02-19-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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Late Phase Allergic Responses-Cause of Always Feeling Sick?

Hello Everyone,
I have suffered from chronic allergies since I was a child. I am very allergic to pretty much every tree, weed grass and mold out there and of course dust and cat and dog dander.

I have always been one of those people to catch every cold that goes around. It seems my immune system is just a piece of garbage - I used to have violent convulsions as an infant because my body couldn't handle fevers.

I tried allergy shots in the past but they didn't help.

Now, I am sitting here on my lunch break at work feeling like a pile of garbage again...feeling like I have caught yet another cold. I have at least 2-3 days a month that I just want to stay in bed-probably more. And I feel like I am getting a cold at least once a week. Right now I do feel that I have a cold. But I wonder if it is just a really bad second phase allergic response to allergens I faced this past weekend. You see I stayed at my boyfriend's most of the weekend. He is a smoker but doesn't smoke when I am at his place-but does smoke in his place when I am not there-it doesn't smell that bad normally. The thing I did notice this weekend is that everyone in his building smokes and I could smell it coming into his apartment. I took an anti-histamine but it didn't seem to help. Smoke is one of my worse reactions. Now I am wondering if I have a cold or if I am still reacting to this weekend's smoke exposure.

I tend to not have primary allergic reactions. I rarely get where I start sneezing and having itchy watery eyes upon exposure to an allergen...instead I feel like I am constantly coming down with a cold.

I have dust mite protection on my bed, an air purifier in my room...etc. I don't know what to do anymore. I am so fed up. Does anyone else have these kind of responses? Does anyone know more about late phase allergic responses? I really am at the point of wanting to live in a bubble. I am so fed up!

 
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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Re: Late Phase Allergic Responses-Cause of Always Feeling Sick?

Do you not take an antihistamine every day? That would help. It's often too late to wait till you have a reaction. How long were you on the shots? They can take a year or more to show improvement.

And which antihistamine do you take? I have to admit though that cigarette smoke and perfumes and the like are hard to deal with no matter what meds you take.

 
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