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Twinstride
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   Posted 10/20/2005 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 
Help! every year around the fall season my husband has severe allergies, sneezes, coughs, and spreads germs like crazy!.  eyes    Then, I get bronchitis!!  My kids also experience symptoms of him spreading his germs by sneezing every 5 min.  Bless his heart, he really does suffer.  Anyway, my question is:  What type of preventative can be taken prior to the start of major allergy season?. 
 
My twins do get sick almost at the same time.  One year, I sprayed lysol and the other twin did not get sick.  I am wondering if this perhaps might help and has anyone tried it during this time of year?
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   Posted 10/20/2005 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kathy and Welcome back! yeah
 
Allergies are not contagious.  Though...when you do have allergies and your body is trying to fight that off your resistance is lowered somewhat and you may pick up "what's going around" more easily. sad
 
Is your Husband in good health otherwise?  I would recommend that he goes to his Dr. and asks for a recommendation for something to help contain his allergies.  It could be a prescription or something he recommends OTC.  Sometimes the salt/saline nasal sprays help out - my daughter's used them before and had pretty good success with them.  Right now she takes Zyrtec 10 mg. per night and Flonase, a nasal spray, and she is 95% controlled.  Everyone's different! :)
 
I don't know what to tell re your children becoming ill at the same time?  Coincidence?  Perhaps they have similar allergies?  Using lysol, or small amt. of bleach mixed with your laundry detergent, just be careful with that tongue
or alcohol used to wipe off a countertops, telephone, door handles.
 
Remember to wash hands a lot - that's the worse offender in aiding the spread of disease.
 
Wishing you all the best and good health!
 
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Twinstride
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   Posted 10/20/2005 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Teri for your helpful hints. He is in really good health. He really does need to see someone but you know men...they go only if they are gonna faint to get there!. LOL.

He has no problem going to get the OTC drugs. lol. I will tell him to get some saline and can you get the Zyrtec OTC?

As far as the kiddos go, they probably are affected with allergies too. My daughter and grandaughter are affected.

thanks again, your a sweetheart!
Kathy, mom to identical twin boys with CF (9yrs), daughter 20, grandaughter 2 1/2, one on the way!
 
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   Posted 10/20/2005 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, Kathy, Zyrtec is a prescription.  sad There are plenty of OTC types, I don't know if Allegra made that group or not, yet...I never tried Claritin, perhaps we'll get some responses here as to what others have taken and tried and what helped them the most!
 
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Twinstride
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   Posted 10/20/2005 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Well Teri, he took some claritin and said it didn't help. He has taken, Mucinex, Tylenol Sinus, Robitussin, Claritin, Comtrex...and he is still stopped up!...bless his heart.

Oh yea, did I tell you that my son has been home from school with a poison ivy outbreak....had to take him to doc's office for some steroids to help his horrible looking little body. He was really bad. Things are getting better, slowly but surely.

The other twin was also seen for a virus and fever.

So, the whole family is sick right now. My bronchitis, hubby's allergies, one twin with poison ivy, one with a virus....and our prescription doctor bills are "sky high"!. Oh well...better days are ahead. LOL.
Kathy, mom to identical twin boys with CF (9yrs), daughter 20, grandaughter 2 1/2, one on the way!
 
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KMiyoko
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   Posted 10/20/2005 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kathy,

My allergist has me take Clartin, sudafed(for the stuffiness), Nasarel nose spray, and I also take stuff for asthma. My asthma is allergery related due the seasons. The Clartin by itself didn't help me, but with the sudafed and nose spray made a difference. If I keep the allergies symptoms in control it helps keep my asthma in control.
Good Luck,
Kay

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   Posted 10/21/2005 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
My hubby takes Allegra for his allergies and its been one of the best things for him RX wise. He never had any success with any of the others (ie. Claritin, Zyrtec, Clarinex ect.). Good old OTC Benadryl (the green box) has always been very good to him too but he seems to be a bit more drowsy on the Benadryl than the Allegra so he will save the Benadryl for the weekends when what he needs is sleep.
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   Posted 10/21/2005 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tried almost every RX allergy med there is but none seemed to help me but know what does? Good ole Alavert(non drowsy) which is OTC.....go figure. Claritin does nothing for me except dry me out.

Boy Kathy, it sure sounds like you got your hands full at your house! Fall is beautiful but it plays havoc on everyone I think. My allergies are at their worse in the fall and I always feel so dragged out because of it. Feel better and I hope your family gets well soon :)

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Mikido
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   Posted 11/2/2005 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Kathy.... My husband takes Claritin D which is a decongestant, and it works great for him.  I have been using Flonase nasal spray for years and I swear by it, but it doesn't work right away it takes a few days to kick in....Good luck !

Twinstride
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   Posted 11/5/2005 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Update....

My husband is still sick and we have a medicine cabinet that is overflowing!. I think now, he has what I had some down in the chest coughing...poor baby.

Ugggggg, when will this ever end?

Any suggestions on what to do "before" the season even gets here?
Kathy, mom to identical twin boys with CF (9yrs), daughter 20, grandaughter 2 1/2, one on the way!
 
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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 11/5/2005 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem year around,but I use kleenex like it's going out of style,Get him some & make him use it.It does make a difference.
SnowyLynne


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   Posted 11/6/2005 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Has he had allergy testing? Allergy shots? My friends daughter has severe allergies and had the testing done as well as the shots and they seem to be working for her very well. She no longer gets sick from her allergies like she used to. The shots can take a while to work in some because it slowly builds a resistance to those certain allergens. But for some, it can be way worth it.

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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 11/6/2005 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I also use Allegra spaingly.It's not a medication that's good in someone with Alzheimer's,or any of the others antihistamines..........Singulair is good though..........
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whoa182
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   Posted 11/23/2005 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Omega 3 stopped my allergies...  Pollen used to be one of my main problems but I don't get affected now.
 
 


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   Posted 11/30/2005 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   

 Hi twinstride,

I would suggest an air purifier for your home if it's in your budget. Im just saving up for one now. I've been dealing with severe allergies around the same time as your husband for years now. For some reason I didnt get it this year - even when my husband and daughter came down with 2 different strains of a virus. I'm not sure if it was coincidence or a fluke but I started taking my meds immediately before i start coming down with symptoms. All i take for the allergies right now is Benedryl in the pill form. Nothing else has seemed to work for me. I also got the humidifier going soon as I started the heat. I also have sinus and respiratory problems so I started taking my inhaler on a regular basis for my chronic bronchitis instead of as needed and I was taking my prescription corticosteroid nasal spray along with a Drixoral and Naproxen for my sinuses. I don't take need to take any nasal spray for my allergies because the prescription one I take helps me out a lot. But I would highly suggest he try one specifically for allergies  if he can get one OTC. If not, than a quick little trip to the doc would serve him well. I did take one before I developed respiratory  and sinus problems (we have them OTC here in Canada) and it worked wonders. tongue


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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 12/1/2005 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Whoa,how much Omega 3 do you take??
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   Posted 12/1/2005 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to have to take co-Tylenol every single day for many years (makes me sleepy) and still sneezed a lot! I did try Allegra and it did nothing that I could see.

There are a lot of natural remedies for allergies. (Usually no side effects)! I have rhinitis and I do tend to sneeze a lot from time to time, but not as often as I used to now.

Also, I use an air purifier daily and when I am by it, I do not sneeze much most the time. When I leave the room, I sneeze. (Not all the time). Well now I have several so I can go into the living room now! When I have sneezing attacks, I sneeze many many times yes, but remember like someone just said that is not contagious not the allergies anyways. Cold yes but not the sneezing from allergies. I have been boosting up my immune system now for awhile with a long list of healthy remedies such as enzymes and vitamins and herbs. Even herbal tea may help him out. Simply go to any health food store and ask the person there to recommend something, tell them what his symptoms are and I think for sure they'll find something there probably more than you'd ever need. He is not alone, but he will survive.

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Meds currently taking: Colazal 750mgs-9 daily
Uc status: Remission (1yr but not sure if much longer)
Diagnosed with Secondary Reynaulds Syndrome in 2004
Meds currently taking: Niacin 650mgs-1 daily
SRS status: Very active.....give me 100 degree weather and I'll be happy!!!!!
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   Posted 12/5/2005 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, try Cod Liver Oil and Acidophilis

I too take Fish Oils with Omega 3's in them as they are very good for us, I also now eat Sardines and Salmon as they are very good for us.

But regardless of what I try or take, I just still have to use kleenex most the time.

Cold air is so bad and it sure is cold now.

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whoa182
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   Posted 12/11/2005 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone here tried fish oil and had any success yet?

Just please live a healthier life style if you don't already. Get lots of vegetables, Olive Oil, Fish Oil in the diet everyday, and things SHOULD improve.

My friend Liam has had asthma for years now and I told him to take fish oil and gave him a book about nutritoin. He followed it for a while and now he is much better.  You CAN do things about your situation, don't keep relying on prescription medicine.

Not every case will be cured by a lifestyle change but you will feel better for it.  For me, because of my new life style all allergies have GONE, completely.


 
 

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   Posted 12/11/2005 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Whoa, how does changing your diet effect your asthma or allergies from effects of outside allergens? Sometimes no matter what is changed in your lifestlye, like you said, will alter the fact that someone will have to rely on those meds for the rest of their life. It's great that you are feeling better and it's wonderful that your allergies are gone.

I personally cannot digest fish oil. Tears my poor intestines up!


**Sherry**
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1992
Meds currently taking: Colazal 750mgs-9 daily
Uc status: Remission (1yr but not sure if much longer)
Diagnosed with Secondary Reynaulds Syndrome in 2004
Meds currently taking: Niacin 650mgs-1 daily
SRS status: Very active.....give me 100 degree weather and I'll be happy!!!!!
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   Posted 12/11/2005 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to go sleep now because i have work later on... I'll reply more later but have you ever tried

-  Green Tea - Green tea contains an ingredient that acts as a natural antihistamine (you can get EGCG capsules wchich are equal to 10 cups of tea)
-  Flax seed Oil - Anti Inflammatory and you body convert to EPA/DHA Omega 3.

I was also diagnosed with IBS and had stomach problems for a while but not diagnosed with GERD or anything. I seem to have gotten over both now. Everything that was wrong with me like frequent headaches (which lasted for weeks), allergies, heart burn, IBS etc.. all cleared with good nutrition.

There were occasions when taking fish oil would make me feel sick a bit later. Mostly if I took it at night tho...

Another benifit i've noticed is that I don't really get sick anymore, flu, colds and other infections have come into the house now 3 times in the past few months, plus all my close friends have been ill, my both teachers and students have been ill and plenty of people at work. 

So there is a lot of benifits to gain from doing something simple and slowly changing your diet.  Oh and cut out refined sugar :)

Matt 

 


 
 

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Red_34
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   Posted 12/11/2005 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
It has been known for a long time that eating healthy foods such as fresh veggies and fruits will keep the body (and it's immune system) strong. So I can see where by eating healthy it can help your body fight off the ever draining effects of allergies. Our body is like the engine of a car, kept up properly it will get you where you want to go for years but you let the maintenance slide and it starts to sputter.

I drink green tea in moderation but I have never tried flax seed oil. I am very leary about using any of the natural remedies because of my Uc and I have been doing great lately and I don't want to throw a wrench into the scheme of things for me. Unfortunately that also means that I can't eat the raw fruits or veggies so the main nutrition I get is from other sources as well as a good multivitamin.

I sincerely hope things continue to go well for you and eating healthy is always a good thing!

**Sherry**
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1992
Meds currently taking: Colazal 750mgs-9 daily
Uc status: Remission (1yr but not sure if much longer)
Diagnosed with Secondary Reynaulds Syndrome in 2004
Meds currently taking: Niacin 650mgs-1 daily
SRS status: Very active.....give me 100 degree weather and I'll be happy!!!!!
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whoa182
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   Posted 12/12/2005 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
It seems, although I can not tell for certain, you are probably deficient in omega 3 which would clearly make any problems you do have even worse.
 
Here are some common problems associated with a deficiency:
dyslexia, violence, depression, memory problems, weight gain, cancer, heart disease, eczema, allergies, inflammatory diseases,
arthritis and diabetes.

I think it's something definitly worth looking into...

You do know that Omega 3 Supplementation is thought to be an effective treatment for Ulcerative Colitis, right?

Heres a bit on a study done a while back

Fish oils ameliorate ulcerative colitis
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. Ulcerative colitis, a common form of inflammatory bowel disease, is accompanied by an increased level of leukotriene B4 in the lining of the colon. Fish oils are known to inhibit the synthesis of leukotrienes and it has therefore been postulated that they might be beneficial in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center have just released the results of a study aimed at testing this hypothesis.

The study involved 11 male patients aged 31 to 74 years who had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The patients were randomized into two groups with one group receiving 15 fish oil capsules (providing 2.7 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 1.8 grams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) daily); the other group received placebo capsules (olive oil). After 3 months on the supplements all participants underwent a 2-month wash-out period and were then assigned to the opposite treatment to what they had received during the first stage for another 3 months. Clinical evaluations of all patients were performed at the start of the study and every month thereafter.

Evaluation of the patients' clinical data at the end of the treatment periods showed a significant beneficial effect of fish oil supplementation. The mean disease severity score for the patients on fish oil declined by 56% as compared to 4% for the placebo group. Eight of the 11 patients (72%) were able to markedly reduce or totally eliminate their use of anti-inflammatory medication and steroids while taking the fish oils.

The researchers conclude that fish oil supplementation results in a marked clinical improvement of active mild to moderate ulcerative colitis.
Aslan, Alex and Triadafilopoulos, George. Fish oil fatty acid supplementation in active ulcerative colitis: A double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. American Journal of Gastroenterology, Vol. 87, April 1992, pp. 432-37

Fish oils benefit patients with ulcerative colitis
NEW YORK, NY. Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine report that fish oil supplementation is highly effective in alleviating ulcerative colitis. Their small pilot study involved 10 patients with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis who had not been helped by conventional medical therapy. The patients were given 15 capsules of fish oil daily containing a total of 2.7 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 1.8 grams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The capsules were taken in 3 divided doses for an 8-week period. All patients underwent rigid sigmoidoscopy at entry to the study, at 4 weeks, and at the completion of the study. They also kept a daily log of the number of bowel movements, stool consistency, and any side effects. At the end of the 8 weeks 7 out of the 10 patients showed marked to moderate improvement and 4 out of 5 patients on prednisone were able to reduce their daily dose by 20 to 66%.

The researchers speculate that the EPA in the fish oil interferes with the synthesis of the highly inflammatory leukotriene B4 in the lining of the colon and that this effect accounts for the improvement. They recommend a large, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial to confirm the beneficial effects of fish oil supplementation in ulcerative colitis patients.
Salomon, Peter, et al. Treatment of ulcerative colitis with fish oil n-3-omega fatty acid: an open trial. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1990, pp. 157-61


 
 

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