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Re: Allergies [Re: Ummm...]

  What kills me are the perfume inserts they shove into magazines and
bills...lately it seems they've taken steps to contain the scents better,
but they used to get my allergies going in no time flat. Same for the
perfume counters in department stores..I usually have to run through
them...and don't get me started on those clerks who stand around spraying
  Laundry soap and most candles I am fine with..except for really heavy
flowery scents. The only actual flowers I am allergic to are
Lilies...especially the really fragrant ones like Stargazers. I am
completely fine with animal dander..even have two cats and they don't bother
me at all-but their catnip does...LOL!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 10:19 AM
Subject: RE: Allergies [Re: [CHAT] 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
> somewhat, but there was always three days or so where I felt really
> 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
> 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
> found what I needed.  I also couldn't go into a Hallmark store because
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> 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!
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> 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
> 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
> lie down in a dark quiet room, and wait.. FH gives great facial massages
> it really helps. I was on Claratin but it didn't do a thing for me.
> 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
> years to get him to understand his smoke was making me sick. He can't
> 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
> it drugs you up. Fortunately FH doesn't smoke and we do not allow anyone
> smoke in our home. We also have a wonder air purifer which really makes a
> difference!
> Sue(6B)
> ----- 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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