Treating mold allergy - how?

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percycat
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   Posted 6/27/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
 
All, 
 
I've been diagnosed with a mild allergy to molds, and wasn't too worried about it until lately.  Last night was the straw that broke the camel's back.  After a full afternoon of fighting throat tightness that went away indoors but returned outdoors, I went to the ER for a Decadron shot.  That mostly helped, but today the tightness wants to return when I'm outside.  I suspect mold not just because of my positive test results but because I have a history of (uncorrected) exposure, we had high mold counts here all week, and if I eat foods with molds (bleu cheese - SCARY! - or accidentally on fruit), I get the tight throat.  It just seems to be getting worse month by month.  Frightening!
 
For those of you with mold allergies, how do you get by?  Is there a way to suppress the symptoms, or will I have to stay indoors forever?  Advice?  Commiseration?
 
My regular followup with my allergist isn't until July 7, but I'll call Monday to see if I can move it up.
 
Thanks in advance!
 
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   Posted 6/28/2009 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been tested for allergies, mold being among them. I got a lot of false negatives, probably from my medications. But she prescibed me allergy meds anyway. I found the best combination that works for me is Singular, Zrytec, and saline nasal spray. I don't have as severe allergies as you though it seems. Have you ever tried allergy shots yet.
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percycat
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   Posted 6/28/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Red,

Thanks for the advice. After my testing, my doctor and I agreed that shots didn't seem to be indicated. Now I for one am of a different mind. Unfortunately, I've got a 6-week trip coming up, and my allergist doesn't like to start the shot treatment when it's going to be interrupted, so I know I'll have to wait to begin it.

I hope he can suggest something that makes me feel "safe" while I'm travelling. The Decadron shot seems to have helped a lot. I just went into the moldy part of out restroom at work and got a little snuffly and ear-stuffy, but nothing else bad is happening. I need to tell the doc about that place, so he can put pressure on my employers to clean it up. No one else needs to get sick!

percycat
 
PS - Whoa!  I spoke too soon.  about 10 minutes after checking out that moldy room, I started getting the throat tightening.  I've taken a Benadryl and am doing well.  Will definitely report this to the doc and to my employer ASAP.


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   Posted 6/29/2009 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Naturopathic Physicians sometimes use oral drops in lieu of allergy shots to desensitize the immune system - perhaps that would be helpful in your case?

Also, you may have mold growing in your sinuses, which would need to be cleared out. There is an oregano oil based nasal spray that may help if used before and after mold exposure: http://www.oreganopro.com/SinuOregaNasal.asp (I am not financially or otherwise affiliated with this company or product)
The nasal spray may also be available in your local drug store.
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Atopmom
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   Posted 7/28/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have an EPIpen??? It sounds like you need one!
My DD is allergic to mold...but we keep the Epi for peanuts.
I would get an Epipen before your trip - seriously.
Throat tightening is very scary...having that epipen will buy you some time to get to an ER if you need to.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I have mold allergies. My bathroom kept growning mold despite me washing the walls down with bleach (which would set of my asthma). I finally bought some special anti-mold paint and repainted the bathroom. No signs of mold for several months :)

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   Posted 8/7/2014 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I had really bad congestion which affected my sleep and used to live in a damp, moldy flat which im sure caused my allergies. Irrigation helped me a little but then i become convinced i had a fungus infection. Well a doctor told me to try sinusoothe nasaler spray and it was a great recommendation by him. I have not had any allergy symtoms since using the spray almost three months ago.

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   Posted 8/7/2014 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am allergic to mold, among other things. I take the allergy shots and they completely eliminate my symptoms. No sneezing or coughing, no watery eyes or drippy nose, no hives or itching, no pills.

I get my shots weekly in summer, bi-weekly or monthly in winter when I have fewer allergens around. That's after the initial building up phase when starting the shots, of course. When I started, I had to have the shots diluted a lot because I reacted to them right at first. That's not too unusual. I was not able to build up tolerance to the shots as far as many people, but they work perfectly for me! I also have to get them in my butt because of unusual sensitivity to pain in my arms.

Alcie
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   Posted 8/22/2014 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to disagree. Don't take it personally. We just have a different, non-doctor opinion.

Allergy shots are not synthetic. They use dilute allergens to get your system to build up its own immunity.

We're not allowed to advertise websites that are selling stuff.

Eating fruits and veggies don't protect us against allergies. The WEB MD site you referenced doesn't say anything about allergy protection.

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   Posted 8/22/2014 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Good point Alcie, they are not synthetic. I was generally responding to some of the Zyrtecs and other comments, not the shots. I used to do allergy shots as a child but never did follow through with them I guess. Is that something one has to do annually for upkeep? I hate needles but it is the best way to get things in.

I have been all over the pharma spectrum for mine and didn't want to do the same for my child. This is when I ran into this drink with a wide spectrum of ingredients that happened to alleviate our sinus problems which in turn keeps our chests clean of congestion. Sickness has now been so few and far between.

I believe the quercetin, grape seed extract and high vitamin C have documented evidence regarding allergy relief, especially combined. Coffeeberry (most of all) and other ingredients also supply a tremendous amount of antioxidants significantly reducing inflammation. If the drink is not for you I would target the three aforementioned products for allergy relief from high quality sources.

I posted the webmd link to show even the government has raised the minimum requirements for these food groups and listed common life threatening diseases (allergies should be in there, its just not worthy in context). My hope was to demonstrate the correlation between recent professional recommendations on nutrition vs common diseases and practical application (my family and friends) which apparently failed miserably. They did indicate flash frozen can be as good as local grown though and that's what is used here. Thank you for the feedback!

I wouldn't knock it until you've tried it. I'm about 15 for 15 here in Texas helping folks alleviate the nasal congestion and drip with this drink.

I apologize for supplying the link and will go back and read the website policy. I guess there are other ways to get that done but I sure think its terrible someone might have to suffer longer because of a over arching policy.

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   Posted 8/23/2014 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
There are some new under-the tongue alternatives to allergy shots, some available, some still being tested. Grass is one of the ones that has had some decent testing.

Some reports say the immunotherapy drops or pills are "moderately" effective. That's not nearly as good as my shots which give me complete relief. They may also be needed daily instead of weekly or monthly as shots are taken.

I see there are many brands of oral allergy immunotherapy, but I would not take any, without my allergist's approval. I don't hop on any of the natural remedy bandwagons without reading serious independent scientific research. Who knows where some of these ingredients came from or whether there was any testing! When I see "testimonials" I run the other way.

I'm not against all natural remedies. Turmeric, for instance, has been evaluated as an antioxidant that relieves inflammation. It's pretty mild, but it's handed out by veterans' hospitals. Before taking it though, one should ask their doctor. Natural substances are still chemicals that can react and interact just as negatively as pharmaceuticals.
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