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Post by Carolin » June 6th, 2014, 1:42 am

is anyone else stricken with hay fever?

i am allergic to all sorts of pollen (virtually all trees, bushes and grass), and these days the sun is shining and we have a small breeze... i wish it was raining! just looking at the nice weather makes me sneeze.

the worst is: i cannot record! :cry:

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Post by Piotrek81 » June 6th, 2014, 2:04 am

Well, I don't know if I have an actual allergy because I get sent from an alergologist to an ENT specialist and back without any definitive diagnosis, but I can relate to what you said about sneezing. I tend to have much more problems with a runny nose, though, almost every day, usually in the mornings. It does interfere with my recording schedule at times :roll:
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Post by neckertb » June 7th, 2014, 4:00 am

Carolin, have you tried getting desensitised? I was allergic to pollen, cats, dust and I don't know what when I was a teenager, and I had to go through two runs of desensitisation, but I do sleep with a cat on my pillow now and I can mow the lawn without problems, so it was definitely worth it :)

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Post by WoollyBee » June 9th, 2014, 9:40 am

YES. I definitely cannot record right now.

I'm also allergic to dust mites, and I dusted and cleaned out a closet the other day, which made made my allergies even worse. :shock:

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Post by Jessi » June 11th, 2014, 11:48 am

Yeah me too, though not for the past few days because we have had a thunderstorm every evening with lots of rain, but before that where it was just hot, it was terrible. I hate it especially when the eyes won't stop burning and all those sneeze attacks all the time :roll:

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Post by Tauriel » August 31st, 2014, 10:55 am

I'd definately suggest Young Living's Essential Oils for allergies. We use their oils and products for tons of stuff at our house, and I've read that Lavender is good for allergies. But I'm sure there are others as well.

The only downside about the oils is that they can be kind of pricey...but that's because they are so pure. If you were to decide to try to buy them from somewhere other than Young Living, make sure that you get therapeutic-grade oil/s (not perfume-grade).

Just a suggestion. :)

EDIT- Oh, I just remembered my Mom says that Lemon works really well for allergies.
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Post by Hazel Pethig » September 19th, 2014, 7:44 pm

Since I have raised a child with severe allergies and asthma I thought I might weigh in here. When she was 11 we made the decision to begin immunotherapy, more commonly known as allergy shots. To begin we tried other treatments, some worked well, some a bit and some none at all. Before we started her on injections her board certified allergist (a medical doctor who specializes in allergy cause, effect and treatment) tested her for the 50 most common allergens by doing a scratch test for each one. When he knew what caused the greatest reactions he wrote out a prescription for the company that custom makes the allergy serum. Each patient receives injections that are specific to her. It takes about a month for each allergy set (consisting of 4 vials of different strength serums) to be manufactured. Her doctor went over the injection schedule with us before beginning treatment.
Treatment generally starts with 20 shots once a week. Starting with a low dose of the weakest serum, she slowly worked up to the largest dose of the strongest serum over a 4 month period. If all is going well, the patient receives one injection a month for 3-5 years. Injection are always delivered in a doctor's office and the patient need to stay at the office for 20-30 minutes after each injection. Treatment may need to be repeated depending on reaction from patient. This is an ideal situation.
My daughter was never a typical patient. Her asthma never presented normally and she did not react to the immunotherapy in the typical manner. She never could make it to the top dose as her reactions were always more sever than allowable. In the end, she received 6 and a half years of weekly shots. While others may think this was excessive, the treatment changed her life for the better. For the much better! before treatment began her asthma was very bad, needing round the clock treatment to keep her out of the hospital. She was having constant allergy symptoms and her life was a misery. She couldn't go to friends houses, be around animals, or even sleep through the night. Other kids were scared of her, and teachers didn't want her in their classes. To be around her now you would never know she was so sick as a young child. She is now in university and is attending as a regular student, instead of as a student with special medical needs.
The key to the best allergy treatment is a medical board certified allergist. One who has training in pulmonology is a big plus. The doctor my daughter sees comes over to the island from Vancouver to treat patients here. While he specializes in pediatric allergy and asthma, he doesn't make his patients age out, so she can continue to see him as an adult. Our doctor gave me extensive training in administering meds and figuring out dosing. He supported her at school by talking to teachers and sending letters detailing treatment.
I guess the whole point of this is don't give up and make sure you discuss your treatment with a real doctor.

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Post by PeregrinTook » October 7th, 2014, 11:31 am

I suggest eating natural local honey. :D It's said to help build up your immunity to pollens in your area.
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Post by Hazel Pethig » October 7th, 2014, 1:40 pm

Until it has a DIN or NHP number it won't be used as medicine. However, it's still used in my bread dough!
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Post by WoollyBee » October 8th, 2014, 6:03 am

PeregrinTook wrote:I suggest eating natural local honey. :D It's said to help build up your immunity to pollens in your area.
This is a really, really good idea. We have beehives and I've been eating a spoonful of honey everyday for a couple of years - it definitely helps. :)

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