Help me please, i am so lost

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sassygal
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   Posted 5/9/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
i have beeing having congestion and postnasal drip - recurring frequently the past couple of months (since January).
sometimes i have itchiness all over my body- no redness, no nothing. I just get this slight itching and i have to scratch but its not so severe that i am going to make it bleed or anything...it usually happens when i am in bed at nite!!

Does this sound like an allergic reaction to food, or dust mites? i am thinkiing its dust mites but i dont see anything on the internet that itching all over a symptom of dust mite allergies.

I went to my HMO doctor she says i might be allergic to dust..but wouldn't give me a allergy test.

SHe gave me Zyrtec- it helped but i can't work w/ it..makes me very sleepy.

My thing is, if she gave me an allergy test, i could deal with it better. LIke cleaning the apt better, and getting a purifier..etc.

What do you guys suggest i do?

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 5/9/2007 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Could you be allergic to the soap you use for washing clothes or for showers?Maybe a cream you might be allergic to.I would ask for testing to be done.
SnowyLynne


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   Posted 5/9/2007 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Awe Geeze HMO's don't we just love'em (lol) just jokin. E-mail your hmo and ask if you need a referral to see a specialist if not then make an appointment for an Asthma/Allergy Doctor, otherwise sounds like you might be stuck with your primary care doctor as your allergy doctor. This is just my advise and I hope it helps. Take care and lots of hugz to you and keep us posted with updates

sassygal
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   Posted 5/9/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
hi guys,

thanks for the advices!! i just got a call from my doctor..i told her that the problem came back, and that i dont want to take the medicine because its affecting my work. So she said she'll send me to a referral. I am just dying of curiousity what kinds of allergies I have!!!

scarlett6
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   Posted 5/9/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sassygal:

I had problems with dust mites a number of years ago. My small daughter and I both nearly scratched ourselves to death. Some of the things I can remember that the doctor ordered done: strippng all bedding and then having our house exterminated, washing all bedding in very hot water, usig a zip on mattress cover on our mattresses, using zip on pillow covers on the pillows before putting cases on. Additionally, we had to apply some type of lotion head to toe, I want to say it is Quell, but can't recall for sure. It finally got rid of the problem.
Good luck,

Cathie

sassygal
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   Posted 5/9/2007 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Cathie,

it sounds like you guys had scabies, are you sure that was dust mites? usually with scabies, you scratch a lot.

sassygal
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   Posted 5/10/2007 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you hippy girl. i am thinking about getting the dyson DC14 vacuum, does anyone recommend this? its supposed to have a HEPA filter.
also what i noticed is when i am out of the house, i feel much better.

So would you guys recommend thatt i sleep w/ the windows closed? its so hot w/o the window open sad

i wont be going to the doctor until next week..so for now i need to make myself feel better.

Post Edited (sassygal) : 5/10/2007 2:29:42 PM (GMT-6)


sassygal
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   Posted 5/10/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Sarah!

quick question, what do you mean by freezing the bedding ? so i put the dirty bedding, freeze it , then take it out, andwash it in hot water? or either hot water , or freezing?

sassygal
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   Posted 5/11/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hippy girl, thanks for the advices. I bought the vacuum yesterday we vacuumed a 1/2 a canister of dust! OMG i was so shocked. anyways, it felt better. but still, in bed i felt itchy. When i went to work, i was totally okay.

So i am freezing the bedding tonite like you suggest, and tomorrow we're gonna wash it. HOpefully it helps. Also, do you use the mattress covers?? i'm thinking about getting it. My plan is to wash the bedding, then vacuum the mattress w/ the hepa vacuum, then put the mattress cover on..ALso, my husband noticed that he got itchy too....we also noticed that right outside our bedroom window there is a big tree...we are possibly getting allergic to the pollen. If we keep the window closed, we need probably an AC of some kind to keep the room cool.

YOu knowwhat else is interesting? my husband is now vacumming, the longer he vaccums the more dust he is sucking in. so i think sometimes we need to vaccum couple passes.

anyways will keep you updated!! i know about calamine..i used to use it for mosquito bites!!!

ps: do you suggest a cover to cover the bed during the day?

Post Edited (sassygal) : 5/11/2007 7:59:48 PM (GMT-6)


sassygal
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   Posted 5/11/2007 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
i am not sure how to PM..i am goingto get the cover from target?
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