Posted 3/13/2011 12:47 AM (GMT -6)
My name is David, and I'm an allergic… to dogs, cats, and all types of house dust. My IGE level is 3500, which according to the way it's measured where I live in Argentina, is 35 times that of a normal adult. My symptoms are mostly on the nose, the biggest of them is an intense pain in the middle of it, as if swollen, and it comes and goes, sometimes stays for days, sometimes seconds, but it's incredibly painful and blocks me from doing anything in a normal way. No-one yet has been able to tell me exactly why I feel so much pain, I've had surgery done twice on my nose to correct the deviated septum which according to the doctor was pressing against the swollen turbinate. Both operations made no difference whatsoever to the pain. I also get puffy red eyes, specially when I wake up, lots of sneezing, runny nose and rashes and itching on my skin. Oh and yeah, I have asthma… I'm currently taking allergy drops and an antihistamine every day, but I still wake up the same every morning. Nose sprays don't do much either, except make me sneeze...
Anyway, I'm not here to seek a miracle cure, I'm just trying to cope with my allergies, so recently I decided to change the way I live in my house. I live with two dogs and my family, and I share my room with my sister. So keeping in mind that a lot of the things in my room aren't mine, I am trying to do my best to keep the room as allergen-free as possible.
So now I came across the issue of allergy covers for the mattress and pillow. I've been trying to find them here in Buenos Aires but there doesn't seem to be any, I can only find what they call 'water-proof covers for incontinence, etc.' and I don't understand whether these covers will help with keeping the allergens truly away from me. Also, they are not zipped, they do not cover the mattress entirely, so it doesn't seem right.
I would love to have someone's opinion on this, what could I buy, what could I do to be able to sleep alright and not wake up in such a terrible state every day. Because this is as much as I can do, I can't clean the entire house every second, I can't kick the dogs out (I love them and so does everyone else) and I can't remove all my sister's things from the room.
I will greatly appreciate any tips you may have, I'm truly sad because I'm a generally positive person, and I love doing many different things, but the allergy stops me from enjoying or even doing them, I love animals and I keep away from them as much as possible, it's incredibly frustrating. My work is of course affected by it too, in fact I reject any jobs with human interaction because I can't do them in that state...
Anyway, thank you so much for your help,