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Old 07-05-2013, 01:40 AM   #16
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Re: Heat and humidity

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Betty333, you are singing my song!!!

Not necessarily the heat & humidity, but everything else is spot on...my doctor is not particularly helpful, nor interested for that matter...I get the distinct impression she thinks I am being a drama queen, despite the fact my life is seriously compromised by these allergies!

On MY insistence she sent me to be tested but like you nothing much came up..slight reaction to dustmites (which apparently 85% of the population has ), no reaction to pollens (an explanation of why I can no longer garden, or walk in the bush etc, would be great) etc etc etc.....which has led me to believe that these tests are next to useless!

My allergies are have got to the point where they occur 24/7, 365 days...no matter what the weather, & it seems absolutely no help is available...I take daily antihistamines (supposed to be once a day, but I need to take twice in a 24 hr period)..nasal sprays, preventative inhaler (which gives me thrush in the throat) + blue inhalers to use as needed....none of which work more than in a minimal way!
I asked my doctor yesterday to give me the injection I have read about which supposedly gives 3 months of relief, but she refused...droned on about bone thinning et al, but I got the feeling that it was more cost related (it would be free, & our govt doesnt like that, & makes doctors jump through hoops ...sigh)....ignoring the fact that if I needed to give up work because of the debilitating issues around my allergies, it would cost the country a lot more in sickness benefit payouts!

Last year, I spent two months wandering about Vietnam & Cambodia...from the 3rd day, I no longer took any of my allergy meds, nor used my huffers...my nose was clear for the first time in 15 yrs!
My doctors explanation for this was that because of the humidity, these countries are like one big nebuliser ..

However....on a trip to Orange, NSW, last summer (with extreme humidity), for a week with my son, I was a sopping, dripping mess the entire time!
It was so bad on a trip to the Blue Mountains (go figure...you would think all that Eucalyptus in the air would help ) I had such a bad attack I very nearly ended up in hospital! It was only a quick thinking pharmacist & some super strength Phenergan that saved the day!

I am beginning to think this is a first world problem, bought about by the chemicals that permeate everything in our lives!

I retire next year, & intend moving to Vietnam to live...its worth a shot, to give me a few years relief from the misery of these allergies!

Your posts on the ineffectiveness of allergy testing, & the general indifference/helplessness of the medical profession have been very helpful to me....
I was beginning to feel that I was just being a hypochondriacal weirdo...but...I am not ALONE!


Hi peachcelia,
Reading your thread I noticed your remark on your In haler causing Thrush in your throat.
As an Asthmatic for over forty years and using two Inhalers, the steroid one did the same with me.
I was given a device by my Dr which you attatch to your Inhaler.
It's called (VOLUMATIC space device). It is specifically to prevent Thrush in the throat and I have never had it since using this.
Ask your Dr about this (IT WORKS).
Good Luck,

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Old 07-05-2013, 01:42 AM   #17
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Re: Heat and humidity

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Hi peachcelia,
Reading your thread I noticed your remark on your In haler causing Thrush in your throat.
As an Asthmatic for over forty years and using two Inhalers, the steroid one did the same with me.
I was given a device by my Dr which you attatch to your Inhaler.
It's called (VOLUMATIC space device). It is specifically to prevent Thrush in the throat and I have never had it since using this.
Ask your Dr about this (IT WORKS).
Good Luck,

Solofelix.
"Sorry I meant to say... (VOLUMATIC spacer device)...

 
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:50 PM   #18
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Re: Heat and humidity

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peachcelia, where do you live?



peachcelia: how long have you been using nasal sprays? which ones?
I was told that sometimes it could take a few weeks to have any effect. I'm not in favor for steroids, I've got glaucoma family history and that would add to the risk.

About the steroid injection, I've got mix feelings. It's a high dosage, and could only last 2-3 weeks as I've read in some posts. I was also thinking about it, I will ask next time my ENT guy.

DOCTORS don't take us seriously!!!!!
I live in the South Island of NZ..Timaru!
A dry climate with little humidity, except during a very hot summer...

I used Alanase nasal spray about a year ago, but only for a couple of months...it made my nose bleed all the time!
After a lecture from my doctor, on the necessity of using them every day for them to work, she started me 3 weeks ago on Flixonase, but I have had nose bleeds for the past two days, so I dont see it as being a long term thing!
It also doesnt seem to be helping any, but I see you say it takes a few weeks to kick in...

Today has been a TERRIBLE day, as there is a Nor Wester blowing....I,ve been a snivelling mess all day, which is a bit disastrous for a caregiver!
Dripping snot all over your clients is NOT a great look! LOL

 
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:54 PM   #19
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Re: Heat and humidity

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Hi peachcelia,
Reading your thread I noticed your remark on your In haler causing Thrush in your throat.
As an Asthmatic for over forty years and using two Inhalers, the steroid one did the same with me.
I was given a device by my Dr which you attatch to your Inhaler.
It's called (VOLUMATIC space device). It is specifically to prevent Thrush in the throat and I have never had it since using this.
Ask your Dr about this (IT WORKS).
Good Luck,

Solofelix.
I've got a spacer, but my doctor keeps insisting on trying me on the powder based preventative inhalers...the powder ones dont work in a spacer!

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:31 AM   #20
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You mean the discs? Like Advair or the like?

 
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Re: Heat and humidity

My two Inhalers are (Ventolin) and (Seretide).
I don't know if they are powder or what but they do work in the
(Volumatic-spacer device).
I suffered terribly from Thrush in my throat until I was given this. I was told it's intended to stop the spray hitting the back of the throat hard.
What Inhalers are you using?...

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Old 07-07-2013, 03:22 PM   #22
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Re: Heat and humidity

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My two Inhalers are (Ventolin) and (Seretide).
I don't know if they are powder or what but they do work in the
(Volumatic-spacer device).
I suffered terribly from Thrush in my throat until I was given this. I was told it's intended to stop the spray hitting the back of the throat hard.
What Inhalers are you using?...

Solofelix.
I use the blue inhaler (Salamol) for quick relief , & does work in a spacer....but the preventative one she now has me using twice a day, is the powder one ( Pulmicort )...
because it works by depositing a fine powder in the chamber, before inhaling, it will not work with a spacer, as it doesnt have the airborne mist...this is the one that gives me thrush!

 
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:48 PM   #23
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Re: Heat and humidity

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Betty333, you are singing my song!!!

My allergies are have got to the point where they occur 24/7, 365 days...no matter what the weather, & it seems absolutely no help is available...I take daily antihistamines (supposed to be once a day, but I need to take twice in a 24 hr period)..nasal sprays, preventative inhaler (which gives me thrush in the throat) + blue inhalers to use as needed....none of which work more than in a minimal way!
I asked my doctor yesterday to give me the injection I have read about which supposedly gives 3 months of relief, but she refused...droned on about bone thinning et al, but I got the feeling that it was more cost related (it would be free, & our govt doesnt like that, & makes doctors jump through hoops ...sigh)....ignoring the fact that if I needed to give up work because of the debilitating issues around my allergies, it would cost the country a lot more in sickness benefit payouts!

Last year, I spent two months wandering about Vietnam & Cambodia...from the 3rd day, I no longer took any of my allergy meds, nor used my huffers...my nose was clear for the first time in 15 yrs!
My doctors explanation for this was that because of the humidity, these countries are like one big nebuliser ..

However....on a trip to Orange, NSW, last summer (with extreme humidity), for a week with my son, I was a sopping, dripping mess the entire time!
It was so bad on a trip to the Blue Mountains (go figure...you would think all that Eucalyptus in the air would help ) I had such a bad attack I very nearly ended up in hospital! It was only a quick thinking pharmacist & some super strength Phenergan that saved the day!

I am beginning to think this is a first world problem, bought about by the chemicals that permeate everything in our lives!

I retire next year, & intend moving to Vietnam to live...its worth a shot, to give me a few years relief from the misery of these allergies!

Your posts on the ineffectiveness of allergy testing, & the general indifference/helplessness of the medical profession have been very helpful to me....
I was beginning to feel that I was just being a hypochondriacal weirdo...but...I am not ALONE!
How's you allergy now? Do you live in Sydney? Or have you moved?
Going to see my ENT at the end of this month. Probably will be another useless check up. But I'll go anyway, at least it's free.

 
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