Allergy Shots or Pataday Eye Drops?

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hpowders
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   Posted 10/24/2013 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
My wife just tested positive for dust mites and mold spores. She has red, itchy, burning eyes and has the feeling that sand is in her eyes. The allergist gave her some eye drop samples. The one that worked is called Pataday.

He mentioned that he could devise a custom allergy mix for shots just for her based on her allergy test results. He said the shots work in about six months.

My question is should she just keep taking the eyedrops indefinitely or should she go for the shots and possibly get permanent relief?

The allergist is one of the best in Florida and I have complete confidence in him.

Thank you for your input! :-)
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Chartreux
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   Posted 10/24/2013 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Go and make an appointment for her with an eye doctor to get seen. Just to make sure it's not something more serious such as dry eye. Dry eye presents like allergy eye's and if she is suffering year long then it could be dry eyes and drops such as GenTeal and Blink are good eye drops you can get without a prescription, warm water helps. Never use Visine(sp?) as Visine can do bad things to your eye's.
Allergy shot might help for the itching and over all allergy symptoms. But she should see an eye doctor as well for better eye allergy drops...
You should also take the effort and remove all carpets as they do harbor dust...Wash bed linens on Hot...
If you believe in this doctor then go for the allergy shots, but to be on the safe side make sure she gets her eye's look at by an eye doctor.
Many well wishes and do keep us posted on how the shots work I have dust allergies as well and wonder if they could help...
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hpowders
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   Posted 10/24/2013 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Chartreux, she has been seen by an eye doctor. He prescribed various antibiotics and steroid eye drops, none of which had any effect. We did replace our bedroom carpet with laminate.

We had a bathroom leak 4 months ago and the inside of the walls had to be exposed-which were filled with moisture-played right into my wife's mold spore allergy I bet, since her eyes got really bad right around this time.

The drops the allergist prescribed are working, but I wonder if allergy shots would be better in the long run?
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Chartreux
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   Posted 10/25/2013 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Probably give the allergy shots a try.
and try the warm soaks on her eye's, run really hot water over a wash cloth and wrap that in a wooden spoon and place on eye's, it can help soothe the eye's...
I had the allergy testing as well and positive for dust, every mold they tested me for I'm allergic to along with dogs...the dog was the redest and most severe allergen for me, cat was next to it and nothing.
It's good you got rid of the carpets, but laminate can still harbor more dust than tile floors, but the cost of tile is expensive, I guess it's those little grooves in the laminate that hold the dust...
Sure hope she's feeling better soon...Maybe try replacing all bedding linens with new ones as well, bed linens can harbor dust. Plenty of websites out there offer allergy items for your bedroom, take all indoor plant to the outdoors as plants harbor molds...again well wishes with the allergy shots and give them a try...

hpowders
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   Posted 10/25/2013 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! The allergist eye drops are working, but I think the shots would be a better long term strategy. I hear there are allergy drops you place under your tongue in place of the shots, which would be much more convenient for patients, but are not FDA approved yet and insurance won't pay for it.
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Chartreux
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   Posted 10/25/2013 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep the insurance game of trying to get them to pay for things takes years...We pay a lot into insurance and for them to deny things is an incredible hardship...these will be consider experimental for years and thats another way of denying us access to something that could work....
There a back proceedure that has been fda approved since 1993 yet insurance still calls it experimental and won't pay for it, crazy. this proceedure could help people and reduce costs for doctor visits yet insurance comes and can say no. It's a game to them, deny, deny, deny....
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hpowders
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   Posted 10/25/2013 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll see what happens with the allergy shots. Hope they work for her.
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Chartreux
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   Posted 10/27/2013 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Wanted to apologize for my ranting. Good luck to your wife on the allergy shots. Sure hope they'll help her.
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hpowders
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   Posted 10/27/2013 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. No apology necessary! It may take at least 6 months for her to see results from the allergy shots. I will have to "cheerlead" her as best I can during this time interval because she's very into "instant gratification" and I know she will want to quit. The allergist's office will call Tuesday to set it up.
Thanks to Gerd and Barrett's Esophagus: Giving up all the foods I love so I can feel better!
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