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bookworm21
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   Posted 12/31/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
So I've been using an air filter and hypoallergenic pillow for a week now, and it has made no difference in my allergy symptoms. How long do they take to work?

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   Posted 12/31/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Not sure...
Give it some more time.

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   Posted 12/31/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
To make my daughter's room somewhat completely allergy free we put in an air purifier, encased all her pillows AND mattresses in a hypo allergic cases, we removed her carpet in her room (installed Pergo flooring) and took down her curtains. She noticed an improvement within a few days. The result was in the purifier cartridge. When the six months were up, we took out her filter and it barely had any dust on it but when we replaced the cartridge in the purifier in our livingroom (which has carpet), there was a HUGE layer of dust on it. Do you have carpet and curtains in your room? Any stuffed animals or other pillows such as decorative?
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   Posted 1/1/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have curtains, decorative pillows, or stuffed animals. But I do have carpet, and I don't think removing it is an option--we only had it put in a few years ago! I am so sick of having a stuffed up nose all the time!

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   Posted 1/1/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I had to pull up my carpet to stop my troubles.

Joy

bookworm21
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   Posted 1/15/2010 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I don't think the filter and special pillow are helping that much. I'm still stuffed up.

Maybe I should get the allergy shots...they won't affect my UC, right?

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   Posted 1/16/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
They may or they may not. I know when my allergies act up, so does my Uc. Allergies are nothing more then your immune system revving up to try to stop a foreign invader - the allergen. Allergy shots are concentrated serums of what you are allergic to. These shots are supposed to get your body used to having that allergen in your system so it will stop attacking it and causing allergic reactions. Have you tried allergy meds? I think you have but I can't remember. What about Zyrtec?
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   Posted 1/16/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried an over-the-counter product called Nasal Rescue (made by Peaceful Mountain)? I have no financial interest in this company or product. My Naturopath recommended colloidal silver nasal rinses and I was at the health food store and found this Nasal Rescue product. It works wonders on my stuffed up nose (I have bad sinus allergies as well as sinus infection problems). I find I don't need it more than a couple times a day. I was using Pulmicort nebulizer solution sprayed in my nose and even it was not working anymore, so I'm really glad to have found the Nasal Rescue. I know, I probably sound like an infomercial or something...
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   Posted 1/16/2010 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I do take Zyrtec during the the main allergy seasons. I still have allergy symptoms (i.e. stuffy nose) throughout the year, but I don't want to take Zyrtec every single day of the year.  And one of the cities I'm considering for grad school is an "allergy capital" and I don't want to rule out a grad school just b/c of my allergies, which is why I'm thinking of trying the allergy shots.
 
Is the Nasal Rescue like a neti pot? Because I use that whenever I can, which is not often because the skin inside my nose gets irritated easily.
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   Posted 1/21/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Besides all the other suggestions here that are all essential, I would make sure that you wash your bedding weekly in very hot water. If you have a comforter and can't wash it often, take it out of the room and get a blanket you can wash. When I had carpet, I found that my sinuses were much better after I had the carpet steam cleaned. Just make sure they don't put a lot of perfume or deodorizing chemicals in with the cleaning. Do you have a hepa vacuum as well? That may help. Also, wiping the walls down with a damp mop/mild soap keeps them dust free. I hope you get some relief. My allergies are so much better in my bedroom where I have the air filter and do not allow my pets in there. It helps control the dander and dust in there. I do not have carpet, have everything encased, and wash my bedding every week in hot water. I don't even wash the floors very often or my blinds, drapes and I think it is the air filter. It wasn't all that expensive either, about $39 from Wal Mart.
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   Posted 1/22/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
They have HEPA vacuums?!
I need to be more diligent about my bedding washing.

I often have a sore throat in the morning when I wake up. I found that a humidifier helps, but that a humidifier will make my allergies worse! What should I do?

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   Posted 1/22/2010 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you think your throat is sore because you have to open your mouth to breath since your nose is so clogged up? If this is the case, you can be snoring or just getting too much dry air into your throat. If you can get your nose stuffiness down, then you may not open your mouth as much when you sleep which in turn may make you not need a humidifier.

Yes, they make HEPA vacuums but the thing is that you have to replace the filter regularly or it won't work as well over time. I know some of them can be rather expensive. I used to have a Wind Tunnel with a HEPA filter and the filters were about $45 a piece to replace.
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bookworm21
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   Posted 1/24/2010 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you're right, Sherry. But I don't know what else I can do to get rid of the stuffiness. I mean, I can't remove my carpet! Ugh, I hate you allergies (and UC and IBS)!

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   Posted 1/24/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
For my daughter (and her daughter's) allergies we purchase new pillows about every three months. Get them at Big Lots or any place we find them for about $5 apiece. Getting rid of carpet helped her allergies a LOT! Comforter goes into the freezer or out in the car if it's cold enough, about once a month to kill all the dust mites. Much easier on the blankets and linens if they get frozen instead of constantly washing. She has also found that in the summer showering just before bed is best. This rinses all the pollen and dust out of her hair so she doesn't have it next to her nose all night. NEVER hang sheets on the line outside. They just act as pollen magnets that gather all the allergens and then you fold it up and put it in your cupboard until you put it on your bed and try to sleep on it. Drying sheets on the line in your basement is ok. Good luck with this.
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   Posted 1/25/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Jeannie has some great ideas. I have just thought of something too. Arm and Hammer makes a pet allergen carpet powder. They also have regular allergen powder as well. If removing your carpet is out of the question, what if you were to clean your carpet first with an allergen shampoo, let it dry and then in between shampooing's try using this allergen powder on your carpet?
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   Posted 1/29/2010 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, there are HEPA vacuums, air filters. Get that carpet steam cleaned but make sure they dry it thoroughly. I think the dry chem company is pretty good.
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   Posted 2/3/2010 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
The colloidal silver nasal spray is a nasal spray bottle containing colloidal silver and dionized water...nothing else. I just squeeze the bottle and the stuff sprays out the top into my nose...real simple, no neti pot needed.

Also, if you eat dairy products, that may contribute to a stuffy nose - dropping the dairy helped me to some extent with my nose, too.

Good luck,
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bookworm21
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   Posted 2/11/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess I'll have to look into collodial silver nasal spray, although I'm not too crazy about spraying something into my nose. Sometimes I feel like the neti pot doesn't get everything out. Like yesterday, I used the neti pot and then tried to take a nap, but I couldn't fully breathe through my nose. Argh.

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   Posted 2/16/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have mite covers? They are expensive but they do last. There are also mite pillow covers. They only need to be washed every six months.

Unfortunately carpet removal would probably be your best bet. What's more important how you feel or how the floor looks? Do you know if you are allergic to mites? They live in the dusty places.

I am sorry you are not feeling well. Have you ever seen an allergist? Hope you are better soon. Sinus problems are no fun.
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