can someone help with a few questions??

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   Posted 1/21/2006 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Well for years I just thought  I caught alot of colds. Finally I went to an allergist when I felt like I had a cold that wouldn't go away. I went couple of months ago and tested ++++ for some trees, all grass, fish, and dogs,dust and dust mites, and a few molds.
Well I've felt sick(like a bad cold) for 4 1/2 months now. Just started taking shots. I may feel a little better one day(but still not good) then feel worse the next. So after 4 1/2 months of feeeling bad, I find this sight wondering if I can get a few questions answered. #.1  Why would I feel so bad for so long, Being that I never felt this bad for so long before? #2 I live in south florida (palm beach county). Which is a good site to find out the pollen levels for the day. The local heath dept. says no pollen today while pollen .com says high. One news paper says none while the other paper says high. #3 my symptoms are stuffy nose,itchy eyes, headache, tired, and a very slight fever. Could you get a low grade fever 99-100 with allergies that last along time? My temp. resting is like 99 and if I do anything it's like 100 and I feel like I have a temp. #4 I am getting 2 shots a week as of now. How good have the shots worked for you? Knowing they take awhile to work. When did you first start feeling them work a little. I know this was long and thank you for any answers.   Matt

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   Posted 1/21/2006 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Matt, I used to take these shots for mold,cats & dust mites, the one for dust mites & cats worked, the one for mold did not. It took about 3 months for me to notice a difference.Allergies can cause real havoc with the immune system. As far as pollen advisories go , listen to your allergies for going out, that,s the greatest accuracy of all, your own system.,but do get out whenever possible.Maybe you shold discuss your symptoms in detail with your physician. Hope this helps.Take care & God Bless. Also welcome to the forum! later....

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   Posted 1/22/2006 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Matt, welcome to Healingwell :) I will answer your questions the best I can.

1. Like lerie said, allergies play havoc on your immune system. Once your immune system is lowered, you are prone to more sensitivities. If allergies have been with you for a long time and you do nothing for them, it wears you down after a while because think of it this way....allergens are an invader to your body, your body thinks it has to go into overdrive to get rid of it. If nothing is done for your allergies, your immune system needs to comepensate so you may feel ill all the time.

2. I found out that even if my states pollen count is low, I still have a high sensitivity to ANY pollen in the air. Listen to your body and not the forecasts.

3. Our bodies natural temps can range from 97 to 100, it flunctuates. If you are feeling like you have a fever, you may very well have a mild infection. Fevers are your body's way of fighting off invaders. Keep an eye on it and if it becomes worse, definately go to the docs.

4. I have never had allergy shots but my hubby's aunt has severe allergies and it took almost a year for her to see a difference. It does take a while and sometimes even then it may not help. So this is one of those let wait and see kind of things.

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   Posted 1/24/2006 3:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Judging what kind of allergy day you will have based on the reported pollen counts in your area isn;t the best way to do it. Pollen is not pollen. Sure the tree pollen count may be low, but perhaps the grass pollen is high. Not all pollen reporting systems break down the types of pollen out there and even if they do, it's not always helpful. If the tree pollen is low, but all that pollen is from Oak trees and you are allergic to Oaks, it's going to be a bad day for you. But, if that low count is all Maples, and you'r not allergic to them, you might have a good day. So, using your own body to determine how you feel is a much better barometer than the generic reports available.

When I was first Dx with athsma, it was by a Doc who I worked with in the ER. She literally chased me around with her stethoscope cause she wanted to listen to my chest. I kept assuring her that it was just my spring cold, but she was sure it was allergic athsmatic bronchitis. She started me on an anti-histamine and inhaler and within 20 minutes of first using them, I was perfect! I couldn't believe it! Every Spring and Fall I suffered like this only to discover almost by accident that it was really allergies.

An allergic reaction is regulated by our immune system. If your symptoms involve your sinuses and you chest, there will be inflammation in those areas (sinusitis, bronchitis, laryngitis, etc.) This inflammation brings with it a whole load of White Blood Cells & histamines to fight off the offending allergen. It's not all that uncommon for a stong allergic response to push our immune system into overdrive and to create a low grade fever. Anything Higher than 101 should get an evaluation for infection, but most often, fevers occurring with allergic reactions are lower than that.

I've also got some horrible allergies and even worse sinus problems. After the failed sinus surgery and the disasterous attempts to fix the problems that the first surgery caused, it was decided that I should once again try the allergy shots. I had begun them in my teens but stopped when it just got to be too much and then our insurance changes and I couldn't continue at the same place. I started again in m early 20s, but other health problems ended up interfering with my schedule and the painful local injection site reactions just got to be too much, so I quit again.

Anway, this third time around, I stuck it out for a year. Somewhere about 5 months into the treatment, I had a horrible increase in migraines. I had previously been able to control them with Fioricet, but suddenly they were more and more often and I needed to self inject Imitrex for relief. I eventually got to where I was injecting 2 to 3 times a week! I mentioned the shots to a co-worker one day and she said that her nephew had been taking allergy shots too, but that he had to stop because of the headaches! My Allergist tried me on a relatively high dose of steroids both before and after my shots, but I wasn't happy on that high of a steroid dose. I had seen some significant reduction in my allergies, but I just couldn't tolerate the migraines anymore, so I quit again. It took between 4 and 6 motnhs to finally notice the decrease in my migraines.

I hope that the shots will help you, but remember to pay attention to your body and how it's reacting. Discuss the dosages with your Doc, especially if you get large welts at the injection site. I had to have my dose reduced several times because of thos elocal reaction. Also, since you're being injected with something that you're allergic to, it's possible to have a proplonged allergic reaction to the shots, sinilar to what happened to me with the migraines. Best Wishes.
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   Posted 1/24/2006 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, it takes a long time for the shots to help you. They can not give you a lot of what you are allergic to all at once or you could go into shock. I took shots for almost 20 years. I now have asthma. Allergies and asthma can make you feel very tired, cause stuffy nose and lots of other symptoms. It is definately not normal to have a cold for four and a half months so you should be seeing some medical professional. There are antihistamines out there which can help you and some of the new ones do not cause droziness. Speak to your pharmacist for information. As far as newspapers and who has the correct pollen counts...I have never heard of so much disagreement. Most of them up north here all say more or less the same thing. Don't forget you are probably allergic to mites and that does not count in the pollen count. I had all my wall to wall carpeting removed, use a foam mattress and a futon couch. I also have mite covers on my bed and futon mattress. I have no drapes or ventian blinds but use light weight curtains. Discuss with your doc or allergy nurse if you have a big sensitivity to mites and what steps you need to take.  Make sure you check all your skin sites and you do not have welts from the shots.  A half way decent allergy group will make you wait 20 minutes after the shot and check you out before they let you go home.  If you have a reaction, you will be given a antihistamine and they will lower your next shot until you work up to the level which you can tolerate it.  You might check out your bookstore and library to see if there are some layman's books on asthma. Best of luck.

Post Edited (Joan Mack) : 1/24/2006 6:39:38 PM (GMT-7)

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