Hello, I'm hoping some of you more knowledgeable than me may be able to help me with the mystery of my chronic allergies. I have had them since I was very young (about 20 years or so now). I used to get attacks about once a month (if that) and as I have gotten older they have increased in frequency. I now find myself getting one severe attack every week or so, and mild attacks anywhere from 2-5 days a week. This is the same year round. I live in a warm & humid climate. I take Claritin everyday but I don't think it helps. My only know allergen is dust mites and I have taken all the basic precautions but I live in an apartment with carpet so I know I cannot completely escape them (if they are even the cause of my problem).
A mild attack usually consists of only of my nostrils (they alternate) getting a constant tickle that causes my nose to run out of that one nostril. I usually have to blow my nose every 30 sec - one min. I usually sneeze a few times, will have some post nasal drip and maybe a mild throat tickle. This usually comes on in the morning or at night and lasts anywhere from a few hours to 1/2 a day.
A severe attack is usually a mild attack that continues on. The tickle is often more severe, and I usually have to blow my nose more frequently. I will also usually sneeze a lot more (sometimes 10 + times in a row). As the attacks goes on, my eyes will itch and get bloodshot, I get sinus pain, get very fatigued, and sometimes get chills. This usually lasts 24-36 hours and ends in what I would probably call sinusitis that lasts a day or so. No joke, I go through about 4 large boxes of kleenex with these.
Allergists have not been very helpful. I'm hesitant to try other antihistamines as I have severe chronic fatigue already and I am about concerned about sedation, and I also don't like the idea of steroid nose sprays (have had some family members have big problems with steroids). Does anyone know if what I experience (in terms of frequency) is normal? Has anyone experienced anything similar and does anyone have any treatment advice. Is there something I could possibly be missing here and is there anything natural to try? Thank you so much for your help!
Hashimoto's Disease, Fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, Vestibular Migraines, Chronic Allergies, Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder & OCD.
Meds: Zegerid, Xanax, Claritin, Zofran PRN & Carafate PRN.