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Posted by michelep on June 02, 2000 at 13:34:42:

In Reply to: Is this allergies? posted by Lindi on May 25, 2000 at 23:52:02:

I agree with Vicki, you should definitely get tested. If you know what you are allergic to, you may be able to take steps to avoid it.

This spring has been my first real experience with allergies, but our experiences sound sort of similar. I get sinus headaches, post-nasal drip sore throat, ear pressure, and just generally feel really yucky. I even have some very low-grade fever and feel hot and yucky. I was hoping it was tree pollen and would go away when the tree pollen season was over. Well, it's still here, although it is getting a little better. My doctor told me that, once you have a major allergic reaction, you are then more sensitive to things that normally you'd only be a little bit allergic to. So, it can take a long time to recover. I'm very frustrated with how long I've been feeling like this. I'm going to see an allergist next week, and hope he has some answers for me. It will be good at least to know exactly what it causing the problem - although I'm afraid that it will turn out that I'm not allergic to anything, and then I won't know what to think! I wonder it the flu feeling is directly from the allergies, or if our bodies are constantly fighting off an infection, because the inflammation caused by the allergies makes a good environmnet for bacteria to grow in. Anyway, I hope you feel better soon!

: For the past 3 years or more, every spring I would start feeling ill around May or so. Like I had the flu or something but didn't. Throat always felt scratchy. Then each year the symptoms got worse and went into other things. Last year I had thick mucus in the back of my throat starting in March and in May ended up with bronchitis and near pneumonia. Doctor said he thought it stemmed from a sinus infection of some sort. I have face pain off and on, right in front of my ear by the hairline. It is sharp pain and sometimes wakes me up at night it hurts so much. When I get that the flu feeling comes back. I never have gotten entirely rid of the thick mucus or post nasal drip although it lessens sometimes. Eating meat and dairy really makes it bad. When I wake up in the morning it is there and I have to cough but only once or twice. Then I sneeze for a minute or two. Doctor thinks its allergies of some sort because of the timing. Any ideas?

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