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Red_34
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   Posted 5/1/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I am on Zyrtec and Singulair for my allergies.  These two meds do a fairly good job of controlling my allergy symptoms but for some reason on some nights, I will wake myself up with sneezing fits.  This doesn't happen all the time, it's just random.  Like last night I woke myself up at 4am and must have sneezed at least 50-75 times until about 9am.  I do follow my own advice regarding allergy precautions such as keeping my room dust free and allergen free but why in the heck do I still keep sneezing like this???  All I know is that I got hardly any sleep at all last night and I am TIRED!  Has anyone else ever have this?
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   Posted 5/1/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Red, I am not sure I know why you have these sneeezing episodes.  Could it be possible you need a nasal allergy med like nasonex or one of the others?  I don't know if you do this but when my asthma became so serious last year I had a special company come in that cleans mattresses and then they treated the mattress with an allergen protective and also cleaned the carpeting and sprayed it with the protectant.  I went out and bought all new bedding including the best dust mite covers for my mattress and pillows and all non allergic linens. I know it is expensive but the truth is it is cheaper than all the dr visits I had to make. My pillows have dust mite covers, pillow covers and then a pillow case.  I tend to sleep on my side or stomach so my face gets into the bedding.  Could this be happening to you?  Also, do you have a ceiling fan or any other type of fan in your bedroom?  I discovered that the fan I was using had piles of dust between the ridges and my ceiling fan was also very dusty.  If you are running fans with dust on them you are breathing that in and that could cause sneezing. I am just taking a guess but maybe this could be a reason. Also, do you change your furnace filters every month?  How about the air ducts in your house - do they need to be  cleaned?  These are all possibilies for what you might be breathing in. I don't know what area of the country you live in but in the Midwest the allergy season has already begun and I am feeling the effects. Mold is the worst for me. You may need to keep windows closed and run your furnace fan or AC. Hope this helps.

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Red_34
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   Posted 5/2/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Aurora :) I do have a fan in my room but it is brand new. So that got me thinking, maybe I am allergic to whatever factory dust that was on there. I slept pretty good last night but I still sort of congested in the nose (from allergies). My ducts were just cleaned not too long ago but pretty soon we are getting a whole new AC and furnace unit. My furnace is ancient and my 25 year old AC unit finally died. So maybe when we get the new ones in that it can help. As for the nasal sprays, I can't do them. I've tried almost all of them and every single time I had the worse colds ever - it was horrible because it quickly turned into bronchitis or some other chest infection (which is a big no no for me since I am on an immune suppressing drug). But thank you so much for bringing up some of those ideas! I forgot about the furnace and fan thingy! :0)
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dencha
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   Posted 5/2/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Red,
Is it possible you're bringing pollen in on your hair or clothes? I believe I've read that between the hours of 4 and daybreak, your body is most susceptible to allergic response. I know that it's when I'm likely to have most of my problems.
Good luck finding an answer to your question!
Denise

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   Posted 5/2/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Red. I am glad to hear you are feeling better.  I think having a whole new heating and AC system will help you a lot.  Just be sure you change your filters every month.  I do know what you mean about the nasal sprays.  They can cause colds and brochitis  so you are wise to stay away.This year is supposed to be a bad one for allergies so try to take as many precautions as you can.  With a little luck and careful planning we will make it through! Take good care.

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   Posted 5/4/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Remove all animal products from your bedroom
Add a HELPA filter with Honeywell filters is helpul. Place next to your bed and leave running through the evenigns. Make sure there is no blowing air filled with fungus from plug ins and windows. Clean vents. It should help you cut back on ur allergies and sneezing
 
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Red_34
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   Posted 5/4/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had allergy testing and my tests all came back negative. But I find that very hard to believe since I have so many symptoms associated with allergies. I'm thinking that my allergy testing was messed up due to some of the medications I am on. But I could very well be dragging some pollen in with me. I do change my clothes outside of my bedroom and I do brush my hair before bed. But I imagine that I can still get some in there. I do not let my dogs in my room so there is no animal products in there. Our bedroom is in the basement so the only window I have is one of those small basement casing windows that we don't open.

I haven't sneezed that like that now for a couple of days. Like I said, it's very random (painful but random! LOL) My husband wakes up with a stuffy nose every day though and sometimes I do but not always. So I do believe that something is in there, I just have to find it.
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Red, I don't know where to tell you to look but you mentioned your bedroom is in your basement.  Is it possible there is mold somewhere that you are not seeing that could be causing your problem?  Mold is something that people can be higly allergic too and if you have dampness anywhere in your basement you could have mold and that might be your problem.It can really be hidden under things so it would take some careful looking to find it if it is there.  Just a possible idea.

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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I think Aurura is right, its probably mold/mildew or dush. Also you might want to see how the airflow is, I wake up stuffy every morning if I dont have two fans blowing on me and the window open.
 
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DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Depression, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux, Tumor Behind the Eye, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyolgia, Clasterphobic, Arthritis
 
Medications:  Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prilosec, Protonix, Zantac, Advair, Cingulair, Albuterol, Calcium + Vitamin D, Pro-Air, Pepcid, Rolaids, Zofran, Compuzeen, Refresh Plus Eye Drops
 
PRN: Epi-Pen, Albuterol Nebulizer, Benedryl
 
Undergoing Radiation
 
Taking Lorazepam (Ativan) on Radiation Days

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