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ceebee
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   Posted 12/23/2006 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
What is an air cleaner? What does it do? Where do you get one? I was wondering if it would help me. I am tired of being in the hospital with major attacks nobody knows what is causing. Thanks:)

Chartreux
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   Posted 12/23/2006 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello ceebee nice to meet you
an air cleaner or air purifier might be able to help you out, just becare try not to get one that puts out OZONE.
The allergy buyers club has some of these rated, check them out first and let me tell you these units can be very Expensive okay.
Hope you'll feel better real soon.
Lots of soft gentle (((Hugz))) to you

Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/23/2006 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Ceebee,
I have raised two kids with asthma to adulthood and learned a lot from my children's doctor. He had some good rules for the kids feeling better.

~Get rid of the carpeting or at least get it steam cleaned every four months
~Get rid of the dogs and cats or bathe them weekly. Alternatively, confine the dogs to one part of the home so there is a dog-free area for the person with allergies.
~Use washable curtains and drapes and take them to the laundromat at least every 6 months
~Get rid of the houseplants
~Get vinyl or leather furniture (doesn't hold dust mites)
~Use air conditioning if possible to prevent introducing pollen & molds into the home in hot weather
~Never hang clothes on the line to dry. They simply catch all the pollen in the air and then you fold it up and bring it into the house. Sheets and pillowcases are the worst offenders.
~Wash your hair before bed to remove the day's allergens and give you less hassle while you sleep
~Get a hepa filtration vacuum cleaner
~Get a hepa air filter for your bedroom or perhaps a whole house filtration system. If this is prescribed by your doctor it may be deductible as a medical expense.
~Filters that are washable are often the least expensive in the long run to use.

He also recommended that the kids start their anti-allergy meds a bit before the season to prevent the body from going into overdrive at the first hint of pollens and molds. He believed it was easier to prevent the reaction than to try to tamp it down once it's full blown. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


ceebee
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   Posted 12/24/2006 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Jeannie , it has to be horrible to watch a child suffer with asthma. I raised four children and my heart goes out to you. Did the children grow out of the asthma as they got older? You sound like a wonderful Mom:)

Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/28/2006 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
My grown children both still have mild asthma but it only surfaces when they have bad colds. They have a wonderful uncle for inspiration. He was born in 1953 and was diagnosed with asthmatic emphysema when he was four years old, with a prognosis of maybe living 10 years. It just so happened that the president of the academy of allergy specialists worked in his home town and the man really knew his stuff! He pushed to the edge on meds and treatments and their uncle grew up to become a tennis pro (!) in the summer and a ski instructor in the winter. In the fall he guides bicycle tours in Vermont... In the spring he just takes care of his equipment (LOL!) This same doctor treated both of my children and he was always so positive that I became that way.

Asthma is still a problem for so many people and for some of them making some simple changes in their environment could make all the difference. Education is always the key to helping children and adults with breathing problems.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


ceebee
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   Posted 12/28/2006 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I only seem to have asthma attacks when I am sick also. But I seem to be getting sick every couple of months and having major attacks where I am in hospital for a week and down at home for a month. I get so worn down I get sick again and it starts all over. I feel I am getting into something I am allergic to as I sneeze and have drippy eyes and nose but docs can't figure what it is. Any ideas besides the normal things I could be tested for? I am starting to feel good right now and would like to stay this way. I only have three days of 1 prednisone to go. Thanks for all the advice and caring I recieved here. It sure helped me get through a bad time:)

Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/28/2006 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Ceebee,
My one daughter is allergic to most everything! You may want to be tested for:

~tree allergies (cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, nuts)
~bulb allergies (garlic, onions and Easter Lilies!)
~grass allergies (ragweed, hay fever, celery)
~molds (beer, most antibiotics, bread, wine, raisins, aged cheeses)
~commercial beef and chicken (animals are given antibiotics to keep them healthy)
~dust mites (washing linens in hot water and drying in a dryer helps this)
~insect droppings (many older homes have some evidence of insect invasion and the droppings can cause problems)
~aloe (and the darned stuff is in everything from lotion to shampoo!)
~Latex - she had to have her airbags in her car disconnected. A minor accident could kill her from the latex dust.

I can't think of any more just yet but I'll write more when I have time.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


younglady94
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   Posted 12/30/2006 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome ceebee,
 Air Purifier I believe they work good. I bought mine from Target. I cannot afford to buy one from an allergy store. Mine seemed to clean the air I had less problems when I was running the machine it seems. Have to keep the filters clean and changed as directed. Otherwise, that dirt goes out into the air. Allergy tests would be good if you haven't already. I have no carpet in my house, and it is easier to keep clean for one thing. I think it helps my lungs also. I use a good nasal prescription spray for my congestion in nose.
 Hope, things improve for you. Best Wishes!! Happy 2007!! Brandi... yeah

HolisticRN
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   Posted 1/2/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ceebee,
My family has allergies/and chemical sensitivities. We use the IQ air which has great ratings and helps remove both chemical and environmental allergens. We have two machines in the house, they are expensive but have helped us immensely. http://www.iqair.us/
Sincerely,
HolisticRN

pegleg
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 1/3/2007 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Ceebee: If you have central heat & air, the best thing to purchase is a HEPA filter for the central system. I just changed ... the old one was 13 years old ... still good shape, but just changed after Katrina hit us. I paid $75 for the one I had ... just had to take it out, hose it down, shake the water out and return to system. Not only helped my son who has asthma, but my husband's allergies decreased. Even WalMart carries various brands at prices starting around $15. Febreeze also makes allergen spray for furniture. Have you ever tested positive for cockroach dust? If so, it is contained in chocolate (Gadiva has the least amount w/little positive reaction for asthma attack ... depends on allergic severity). Also try to use saline nasal spray twice a day to rinse your celia in your nose ... this will keep down colds and helps wash away possible triggers. Good luck. If you have a specific question, let me know & I will research in my med bks.
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