ALLERGIES: What do you suffer from?

  • HndsmKansan

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    May 31, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    The itchy red eyes, sneezing, headaches, etc... all characteristics of
    hay fever, allergic reactions to a variety of pollon, etc. Blah!

    Actually I'm very lucky, I'm only allergic to the blooms of "hedgetrees" in Kansas.. they are Osage Orange trees, rows planted to keep cattle in back in the early 1900's... they bloom at this time of year, yielding sticky
    "softball" sized green fruit in the fall. It only lasts about a month. Sometimes I'm hardly affected.. the problem is.. we had a row of them across the back of our property while I was growing up.... and have them now across the back of my property.

    Compared to many, my problem is really mild. I'm always hearing about the misery friends are suffering and I'm glad I don't have the problem. It appears that this year is pretty mild (last year was great)... By late June, its all gone.
    It was worse when I was in college. I remember teaching horsemanship
    in the back of our property and getting so sick I had to stop the lesson.

    Do you have allergies and if so, what medications do you take.... or do you just put up with it?
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    May 31, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    i guess i'm blessed that way. the only allergies i have are to some people i've had the misfortune of meeting on the internet. icon_razz.gif
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    May 31, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    waaah. allergies have been a part of my life since I was about 4. A doc told me, that they would go away after 25 to 30 years, but I'm still waiting...

    I got tested only once and was allergic to furry animals, trees, grass etc. I got shots for a couple of years as a child and things got a little better but never went away. Especially my allergy to cats and dogs. I always joke that "I'm allergic to everything with more legs than I."

    I'm so glad that I never developed Asthma from it. The only 'like' attack I ever had was at a friend's who had a couple of cats where I stayed for a weekend. It scared the hell out of me. I walked up and down his balcony in the middle of the night for about an hour until I could breathe normally again. I popped meds like smarties that weekend.

    In my 20s I developed an allergy to Aspartame. It took me a while to figure that out though and since then no more diet-coke or diet-anything for me. Splenda I'm still ok with, but let's see how much longer...

    Now I manage them with over the counter stuff (Claritin or Zyrtec) when it's allergy-season for me. I also pop a pill before going to friends' place that own cats and all my clothes go into the laundry right afterwards.

    I used to smuggle Zyrtec into the US before it became 'over-the-counter' here. Problem with Zyrtec is, the full dosage dries me out, making my nose feel stuffed up and giving me nose-bleeds, so I split the tablets.
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    May 31, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    Having lived all over the US, my allergies come & go depending on where I am. I was fairly allergy free in the Upper Midwest, but haven't done so well since moving down to Florida. San Antonio, Texas used to be a major problem, especially during cedar pollen season, while the Pacific Northwest was pretty good for me.

    The only other allergy I have is to cat dander, but it's mild. Ordinarily I can be around cats and handle them, and so I don't avoid them. But if I'm exposed for a prolonged period I'll get all stuffed up. That used to happen if I fell asleep watching TV on the sofa, my nose near the fabric where our cat would lie.

    I rarely take anything, unless I'm too stuffy to breath for hours, and then I get something prescription from the doctor. I never bother with over-the-counter.
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    May 31, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    After many years on the West Coast--I was allergy-free. Now back East, my childhood allergies are back in full-force. This year is especially bad. My symptoms are mainly itchy red (REALLY red) eyes. I've been taking Loratidine (otc Allavert) and that didn't help. I finally got a prescription for Flonase (nasal spray once a day) and my eyes were 99% better in 2 days. I get the symptoms in mid-May until early June and once again in August. (grass, I think, and definitely lilac bushes!)
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    May 31, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    OMG...i am huge time sufferer here...i swear by VISINE-A works wonders, and ZYRTEC icon_cool.gif
  • 2theTEE

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    May 31, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    Fortunately, none that I'm aware of icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    May 31, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, none. I'm really sensitive to changes in barometric pressure, though. I get all the allergy symptoms when we have a sudden change in pressure and none of the medications that can help. Yay me.
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    May 31, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    If it is not the tree pollen (now gone), it's the grass pollen rearing it's ugly head. Itchy, watery eyes and the head feeling like a balloon is a given. But if we have any savvy docs on here, this has only gotten worse in New Orleans since Katrina. Would the mold have something to do with this? I heard it would take up to 7 years to get rid of that crap from decaying houses and buidings which are still unattended. Sitting here with a horrible headache awaiting your reply. Thanks in advance!
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  • jlly_rnchr

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    May 31, 2009 5:26 PM GMT
    I have a latex allergy. If I touch latex, I get a touch of leprosy. It's quite nasty.
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    May 31, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    I had Hay-fever as a teenager, but that only lasted about 3 or 4 years, probably because I lived across the road from an active field that was used to plant cotton, soy, and some other stuff.

    I hadn't suffered from allergies in about 15 years until last year. Then I started sneezing constantly and having sharp sinus pains. I tried everything I could think of. I went to the doctor, but he couldn't find anything wrong. He told me to use saline nose spray, but it didn't help either.

    I spoke to a pharmasist and he told me to try Sudafed, Chlortrimaton, and Aleve all together. It is the only thing that works, and if I don't take them all together it doesn't work.

    I've been dealing with this crap for over a year straight. UGH!
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    May 31, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    I have the usual allergies such as Pollen, etc... I also have allergies to Magnolias, and Cherry Blossoms. Unfortunately, Zyrtec doesn't help. Even if I take it before bed time, I'm still drowsy throughout the day.
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    May 31, 2009 6:21 PM GMT
    Pollen, and CATS.


    Oh, good grief. And I love the kittehs~!
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    May 31, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    Soulasphyxia saidPollen, and CATS.


    Oh, good grief. And I love the kittehs~!


    I may or may not be allergic to cats, though not as bad as my dad. I think there is certain medications one could take if they wanted a cat (like I do one day). I saw some cute kittens in the adoption center at my local vet. They were so tiny, and rambunctious it was sickeningly cute! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 31, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
    Grass pollen, cottonwood pollen, alfalfa, and bureaucrats are pretty constant. I cannot drive on the interstate within a quarter mile behind a truck carrying alfalfa (a.k.a. "lucerne" in some parts).

    I've had really strong allergies to sage-brush, hymenoptera, and poison oak that gradually faded, however. One time I flew in to Idaho Falls during sage-blossom and halfway down the boarding stairs, it was as if someone suddenly sprayed tear gas in my face. I literally couldn't see to walk to the terminal. Had to cancel the job and leave on the next flight.
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    May 31, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    Buffyfan84 said
    Soulasphyxia saidPollen, and CATS.


    Oh, good grief. And I love the kittehs~!


    I may or may not be allergic to cats, though not as bad as my dad. I think there is certain medications one could take if they wanted a cat (like I do one day). I saw some cute kittens in the adoption center at my local vet. They were so tiny, and rambunctious it was sickeningly cute! icon_biggrin.gif



    I use to have a kitty that I wasn't allergic to, which was my favorite kitteh of all time (Her name was AC(Attack Cat)).

    *sigh*

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  • metta

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    May 31, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    I have allergies. Always have. I think that mine is grasses, but I'm not sure. I know that the seeds on the ends of the blade of grass make me itch.

    Symptoms: itchy nose, eyes, and especially the roof of my mouth.

    Treatments:
    - I use a neti pot. This is one of the best methods
    - locally grown honey
    - stinging nettle (herb taken orally)
    - real licorice
    - steamroom



  • jon_6699

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    May 31, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    I'm Blessed with no allergies icon_biggrin.gif
  • GQjock

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    May 31, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    One of the reasons I moved down south was because of the seasonal allergies I had
    Every Sept I suffered ...ragweed mostly

    and walnuts too
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    May 31, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    Tree pollen (early May to mid-July) and cats.
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    May 31, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
    Does ignorant people count?icon_lol.gif otherwise i'm part of the percentage that's allergy free
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    May 31, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI have only two allergies but they're kind of unusual.
    Peas and lentils.


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    May 31, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    I have long discontinued use of aftershave lotions after developing coughing from irritated throat caused by the vapour breathed in.
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    May 31, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    jlly_rnchr saidI have a latex allergy. If I touch latex, I get a touch of leprosy. It's quite nasty.

    I forgot latex, one of the reasons I avoid co-ed saunas or steam rooms where I must wear a swimsuit or gym shorts. Ordinarily a latex waistband doesn't bother me, covered in fabric. But the heat, moisture & perspiration seem to cause the irritants to leach out into contact with my skin, and/or my skin becomes more susceptible with heat, resulting in a nasty rash.

    I once lived in a housing complex with a co-ed community sauna, and my solution was gym shorts with only a drawstring at the waist, and no elastic. But those are hard to find, so I only use men's facilities, where a towel wrap is the most I need to wear, if that.
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    Jun 01, 2009 1:26 AM GMT

    I'm deathly allergic to bee stings. I was desensitized about 20 years ago and it worked for a long time. I was hiking with some friends in Hong Kong in 1997 and we were swarmed by wasps miles from anywhere. I got seven stings and was fine apart from a little wheeziness.

    Last October I sat on a bee in my car and it stung my back. I had the good sense to listen to my mother (a nurse), who suggested that I just go hang out in the waiting room of the local hospital's ER - just in case. The reaction was slower than it used to be, but within half an hour my throat was itchy, my face started swelling, my bp fell and I was on my way to to anaphylaxis. I spent the day in the hospital getting steroids and respiratory therapy. And I was on prednisone and antihistamines for a week after that. So it's time to try desensitization again. And everywhere I go, my epipens go with me.

    I also have an even more severe allergy to something we haven't been able to pin down. It looks likely to be some types of pine sap. But two rounds of testing have been inconclusive. Whatever it is, triggers a reaction identical in symptoms to what happens with a bee sting, but it all happens faster.