Unbearable Allergies

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   Posted 4/7/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I would love to know if anyone else is experiencing a big increase in allergy symptoms in the spring. Last year I was slammed by tree pollen--as soon as the weather got warm, I experienced the worst allergies in my life. I had tremendous amounts of mucous in my sinuses, lungs--even coming out my eyes,and my voice became very hoarse! Antihistamines and optivar eye drops helped some, but I was forced to stay inside for 3 months, with windows shut.

I was hopeful that it was a "fluke" and that this year would be better. However, we had just one 67 degree day, and I was back in the same boat. The tree pollen was flying, and I started suffering the same symptoms as last year. Is this a problem that others have experienced? Any ideas about handling it?

I have read that global climate change, and the increased levels of CO2 has caused much higher pollen levels, and that allergy sufferers will experience more extreme symptoms in the future. Not fun. I appreciate input! Thanks.

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   Posted 4/8/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, my Mom, who hasn't had pollen allergy symptoms in years, started having seasonal allergy symptoms again last year. I've also noticed my own allergies seem more difficult to manage.

Allergy Shots - the shots retrain the immune system to not react to pollens; my Allergist told me that about 80% of people who try the shots get either partial or complete relief from their allergies.

NAET - Acupuncture-based allergy treatment; works for about 80-90% of people who try it; requires periodic follow-up treatments to "tune up" after initial treatment set has been completed.

Sublingual Desensitization - Naturopathic Physicians have used sublingual desensitization for years with some very good results (similar to allergy shots, but without the needle poke).

Medications - Allergy medications such as antihistamines, steroids, mast cell stabilizers, leukotriene inhibitors, etc., can be used to manage symptoms but doses or types of medications may need to be adjusted with time as symptom type or severity changes.

The above are the most common ways to treat allergies. Some Naturopathic Physicians also believe toxicity in the body is at least partly responsible for causing allergy symptoms, so they may advocate detoxification protocols in addition to or in lieu of the above treatment options. Also, there are some herbs, nutritional supplements, and homeopathic remedies which have been known to help some individuals, but treatment must be customized to each person and therefore it is more difficult to recommend a particular treatment name or product in this type of setting.
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   Posted 4/8/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Razzle,
Thanks for your response. I've taken allergy shots for probably 20 years, and they've definitely helped me for a long time. However, last year I suddenly began suffering much more with tree pollen. My allergist didn't want to mess with my serum last year, because it's pretty strong already, and I was looking into having a Nissen Fundoplication to control GERD that was causing my asthma to be chronic and untreatable. Well, I've had the surgery (and it has helped my asthma), but my allergies started up full steam ahead the first warm day of the season.

Accupuncture sounds interesting! I'm also seeing my allergist in a week, and will discuss the possibility of adjusting my serum and maybe retest me for my tree pollen allergies. My serum might just need an adjustment.

Antihistamines (Allegra) help, but don't do it for me. I am forced to stay indoors if I want to stay somewhat allergy free. Windows closed in a non-air conditioned classroom during 90 degree weather just doesn't work. Fans help, but good grief!

Thanks for the information.

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   Posted 4/8/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I've noticed that my allergies have really picked up this year. I have even started sneezing in my sleep! I definately feel this is going to be a horrible allergy season :(
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