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Old 05-08-2003, 10:32 AM   #1
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Question How many of you have allergies?

just wondering how many people here have either generalized allergies or know of specific allergens in their lives..

i have them- i think i must be allergic to everything, seasonal & non-seasonal. maybe there is a connection? not necessarily a direct connection, but i have wondered if my sensitive immune system causes the acne just like it fights the allergens...

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Old 05-08-2003, 11:38 AM   #2
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I have known food allergies. I am allergic to dairy which I just discovered a few years age. I know for a fact that food allergies can affect the skin and I often wonder if I have other allergies? I was told that allergy test are expensive and painful so I haven't really persude it.

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Old 05-08-2003, 03:34 PM   #3
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allergy testing isn't too painful. it can really help you identify triggers to avoid. i am sure a food allergy can cause acne. so i wonder if allergy medications like zyrtec could help acne??

Old 05-08-2003, 05:14 PM   #4
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i am allergic to every single injectable allergen the doctors have to test for. The last time I was tested I went into shock and had to spend the day there while they watched me.

Since then, I have worked very hard to desensitize myself by exposing myself to allergens for short periods of time over the years. I am now doing well and can cut the grass again and I have cats living in my house and a dog.

Thanks to Advil, I can combat just about anything that comes my way if I do get allergic reactions, and it even seems to work better than antihistamines most of the time. I've thrown out all prescription drugs and just take that and vitamins and I am healthier than I've ever been. I also get migraines and only use Advil for those too.

Keeping your life and body as simple as possible really makes a difference.

I guess I experiment a lot in certain phases because I like to find what works--and then I do stick with it. This has been another experimental stage for me, so I will probably use whatever I find has been best pretty soon and just go off to my corner and establish a routine. I always like to know that I've at least tried most of the options if I'm going to experiment, since it really isn't something I'm known to do on a regular basis. I'm usually just too busy to make it a priority like I have been lately. Starting next week, I'll be far too busy to deal with all this again, so I was pretty anxious to try what I could while there was time.

I'm grateful for all the help and advice I've gotten here over the past few weeks. I've learned a lot.

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