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RE: Allergies [Re: Ummm...]

I do remember times feeling just like you do under an allergy attack (with
the added asthma.)  I'd still recommend seeing an allergist about allergy
shots.  I've had to go through the regimen twice, but it has really made a
major difference, in addition to the meds.  Allegra did absolutely nothing
for me, nor did any of the other "pill form" meds.  Straight benadryl worked
somewhat, but there was always three days or so where I felt really drowsy.
I'd also ask about other nasal spray meds.  Of course everybody's body is
different.  Hopefully your allergist can help you find what you need.  I too
have a sensitivity to fragrances (especially artificial ones) but once my
allergies are under control, I can tolerate them more.  I used to have to
get DH to go down the laundry soap aisle for me and get a product with no
fragrance, dyes, etc.  If I tried it, I couldn't breathe well by the time I
found what I needed.  I also couldn't go into a Hallmark store because they
always had the heavily scented candles in the front of the store.  Since I
like to breathe, I just didn't go there.  Now I just have to avoid cats.  I
can't go into my older daughter's home because she has two cats and can't
visit my next door neighbor inside her home for the same reason.  (O.K.,
that affects not only my breathing but makes my eyes swell shut, too.)  I
can't get an allergist to give me shots for animal dander...something about
that being a bit dangerous and better just to avoid the animals.

Both my mom and dad smoked like trains, and when I got married, DH and his
parents smoked.  His mother didn't quit until she lost a lung.  It is my
personal opinion that bypass smoke does just as much if not more damage than
actually smoking.  I decided not to smoke because of a comedy routine that
told how the native Americans rolled up dry leaves in a piece of paper,
stuck it in their mouth and  set it on fire.  After that, it just seemed
like an absurd thing to do.  And dad and mom both regretted ever having
started the habit and suffered terribly trying to quit multiple times.  DH
also had a difficult time quitting for good. 

I hope you are feeling better today!

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of SueNY
Sent: Monday, August 21, 2006 7:16 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: Allergies [Re: [CHAT] Ummm...]

I'm allergic to most perfumes, mold, dust mites,ragweed, goldenrod,.pine
sap, bleach, cigarette smoke, feathers, grass pollen, tree pollen, and
catnip. When I have an attack I have severe sinus swelling, sneezing fits of
up to 20 sneezes in a row, coughing, runny nose, post nasal drip, sinus
pressure, severe headache and because I also have asthma, weezing and
tighness in the chest.. There is not much I can do other than take my meds,
lie down in a dark quiet room, and wait.. FH gives great facial massages and
it really helps. I was on Claratin but it didn't do a thing for me. Allegra
is great though. I was on Rhinocort but it irriated my nasal passages too
much so I was taken off it.  I don't get attacks too often now, but when I
was still living at home I got them constantly-asthma attacks too..my dad
smokes 3 packs a day and their basement had leaks and lots of mold. (It took
years to get him to understand his smoke was making me sick. He can't smell
the stench so he figures no one else can either. My mother and I have
finally gotten him to go outside to smoke, since he refuses to consider
quitting, despite having emphysema..sad)I used to go through a box of
benadryl a week (didn't know about the prescription meds back then) and as
anyone who's ever taken it knows, that stuff makes you feel even worse cause
it drugs you up. Fortunately FH doesn't smoke and we do not allow anyone to
smoke in our home. We also have a wonder air purifer which really makes a


----- Original Message ----- >
 On Mon, Aug 21, 2006 at 10:03:34AM -0400, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
> > Sue, I have terrible allergies, too.  Do you know what you are 
> > allergic
> to?
> > What do you do when you have an attack?  Is it primarily sinus 
> > symptoms?  If so, there may be a few things to make you more 
> > comfortable, in addition to some of the newer medications (mostly
> > prescription) out on the market.  I use Rhinocort with great success.
> > If I'm out, I've found steamy showers, standing over a pot of 
> > boiling water or eating a nice large bowl of chicken soup will give 
> > some temporary relief.  If your DH will give you a nice gentle 
> > pressure over your sinus cavities, that too can give temporary 
> > relief.  There is so much more that can be done to help alleviate 
> > symptoms that was not available years ago.  And if you get allergy 
> > attacks frequently and they keep you from enjoying what you love to 
> > do, I'd recommend checking into getting allergy shots.  It's a long 
> > term investment, but
> over time, it does seem to help.

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