Posted 3/24/2013 9:53 PM (GMT -6)
I'm new here! I have been trying to take control of my allergies for years now. I've had surgery for my allergies but a year later my sinuses look the same on the CT scan as they did before (basically I have no open space). I've had an allergy test (allergic to trees, grass, pets - stuff I can't really avoid :/). I can't do allergy shots because my allergies are too severe. I suppose I could risk doing shots but they may cause a bad reaction or just not work. Just the allergy test caused me to get quite sick. Allergy drops may be an expensive option.
Right now I am on Singulair, Allegra and Nasonex. They help with the congestion tremendously and I can breathe well. However, I still have no sense of smell and I still experience fatigue and facial pain. I find exercise helps well too so I have become an avid runner. I don't use any fragrances.
I was on a at-home Nebulizer for a month and it did work pretty much immediately. I got my sense of smell back and I felt great. I was prescribed steriods and antibiotics for the nebulizer.
I don't want to be on meds forever because I am worried about long-term effects of everything I am taking. However, the nebulizer was the first thing to really work and I am tempted to see if I can just keep taking that. I hope to see my dr next week to discuss this. So here are my questions:
1. Are there long-term effects to using allergy meds and nasonex daily?
2. Are there long-term effects to using nebulizers daily with steroids?
3. Has anyone tried allergy drops? Good or bad?
4. Are there any other options for me that don't include meds forever? I don't expect you guys to really know the answer but I'd love to hear other people's experiences on what worked. I am open to anything.
Thanks everyone for your input. My goal this year is to get these allergies under control. Right now I feel like my life revolves around them. :(