New to serious allergies - is there hope?

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   Posted 6/29/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I've got another post going about about my specific allergy (mold), but I'm rather anxious in general about how to care for myself now.  I don't know much about allergy treatments yet, as my testing indicated very mild levels just 3 months ago, so we didn't begin anything major.
When you have serious allergies - mine makes my throat try to close up when outdoors, or when I eat mold, as in bleu cheese - what helps to prevent the symptoms?  How do you make yourself feel safe?
I'm just scared that I'll be in fear of my life forever due to these inhalant allergies and am looking for reality stories from folks who've also experienced bad allergies.  I've been taking Singulair and Claritin daily for 3 months, and carry an EpiPen.


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  • DX: Anxiety, Depression, LPR (acid reflux), Allergies
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   Posted 7/9/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety always seems to make allergy reactions feel worse, so anything that helps reduce anxiety will also likely help reduce how bad the allergies make you feel. I used to get anxiety real bad when I'd get an asthma attack, but now I know how to handle the asthma so it doesn't freak me out anymore. I also get anaphylaxis from some forms of sulfite preservatives, but because I know how to deal with the anaphylaxis before it gets too bad, again I don't get so freaked out about it any more.

Also, you might consider looking in to oral desensitization treatment (more commonly available from Naturopathic physicians or Environmental Medicine specialists).

Good luck & take care,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, homeopathy.

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