Thanks, I would like to wear one of those little masks from the hardware store but the part where it goes over your nose has some sort of metal clip and it REALLLY hurts to wear those. I was hoping to find some of those little fabric masks like the doctors wear? Those look like they are clip-less so it should be easier for me to use
I just make sure I do not have the fans or anything running at home so none of the air gets sucked in from outdoors, I can't do anything about my office sucking in outdoor air though. Is there a way to get a HEPA...uh...something for my office?
I can't believe how much this stuff is still attacking me even being so drugged up
Here are some tips that I compiled to help with allergy season:
Have you looked into the possibility of allergy shots yet?
Thanks for all the replies, I still haven't found a decent mask yet so I just wear a scarf over my nose and mouth when I go outside. Not that I ever go outside by choice, just going outside from my home to the car and from the car to the building at work. Since the weekend, I keep having these horrible coughing fits about 3 times per day where I just cough really violently for about 5-10 minutes straight and I can't even manage to talk when that happens. I am still low in the green zone on my asthma meter though so I guess I shouldn't worry that much.
I actually love Advair, but the allergist said that I've had more asthma attacks since they had me on it than before I ever used it. He said the salmeterol (however you spell it) makes asthma symptoms stronger and more life-threatening during an asthma attack, so even though it does have the nice benefit of helping you breathe well all day, it's not something I should ever use again since I keep having asthma attacks despite being on it. I haven't been on Advair since January.
I already do the stuff like washing my sheets and having my bedding covered with plastic and not wearing shoes indoors and vacuuming with the hepa vacuum and changing my clothes when I get home and using the saline sprays and so on. I even left that winter plastic seal stuff up on my windows to keep the pollen-filled air from getting in through drafty areas! Nothing seems to really help though, it's all the things I'm severely allergic to that I can't seem to find relief from, and those are stupid plants outdoors, not anything I can really remove from my house.
I would like to get allergy shots, but they told me I'd have to go in 3x per week for about 3-4 months and then 2x per week a couple months, 1x per week for a couple months, etc, it's a ton of visits. It's about 40 miles round trip, which is expensive with $3.80 for gas, and then I also have no way of being able to miss 6-9 hours of work every week without getting fired. I actually work 2 jobs back to back so I have no way of changing my schedule to fit in the allergy shots that often . I know they would probably help a lot but until they start offering shots at 5am I have to hope for something else.
However, I will ask about the different nose sprays, maybe one of those will help. Would like to try the vitamins and ginger too but I also am lucky enough to have Crohn's disease and I'm not sure how well any of those will be tolerated by my insides. Crossing my fingers!
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Post Edited By Moderator (Red_34) : 6/26/2008 6:33:50 AM (GMT-6)
Hi, I am new here but had a suggestion on the allergy shots. Can the allergist have them sent somewhere local for you to go to the 3 times a week so that you are not using gas/time? Can you give them yourself? You might check into this. I know that they do the allergy shots locally here (allergist is 40 miles away also). I am not on the shots but I know that if I need it, I can have them done at my local doctors office. Hope this helps. Good luck with everything. Keep looking for the mask - they change designs alot so maybe one day you will find the perfect one (crossing fingers for you).