Allergic reaction to chemicals

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/1/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am new to the forum.  I want to find out if anyone else has what I have and if they are doing anything different for it.
I thought I had alzheimers disease because it runs in my family.  Went to see Dr when I could barely function, working part time because I couldn't keep up with conversations.  Very frustrating to have to think out each word.  Recommended to allergy/asthma care 7 yrs ago and now functioning well with 5 meds:  Allegra-D, Nasonex, Foradil Aerolizer, Qvar, Proventil.  Testing proved I am allergic to nothing organic, just to "everything else".  Mostly chemicals such as perfumes, cleaners, exhaust, pesticides, fertilizers.  Since prescribed Qvar I can think and do anything I did before problems, but still have the sinus and asthma attacks when I first come into contact with new/unfamiliar air pollutents, fall asleep around perfumes at church.  The last asthma attack happened when walking by bathroom that had been sprayed with heavy duty cleaner of some sort.  Lost muscle control, couldn't even get my emergency inhaler out by myself.  Took 2 weeks to get over that attack.  I hate taking all this medication but it seems to work.  Only problems are when I am out in stores, unfamiliar buildings & homes
We are planning to move from humid FL to dryer CO.  Good idea we hope.
Does anyone else have these problems?
Thank you for any help you have.

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   Posted 3/21/2007 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a similar problem. Perfumes set me off the same way. An alergy Dr. said it is not an alergy, just an irritant. I argued with him briefly until he got his point across that alergens produce Histamines in your body, irritants do not. I do not get to actually smell these perfumes most of the time , it just gives me symptoms. Cleaming supplies get me too. I have to use special soaps & cleaners around the house. Do a search on workplace perfumes, it will tell you quite a bit.

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   Posted 3/21/2007 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   


Thank you for your reply.  I feel so isolated at times.   But good to know there are others that can share information.  I will look up information you suggested.

Thanks again.  KLBFL

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   Posted 5/31/2007 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
This is an odd topic. If you have chemical sensitivity, it "can" cause inflammation in your body which is usually caused by a hystamine breakout.

I suffer from problems with pesticide, gasoline etc. If I breath them i get histamine reaction and my entire body swells up like a balloon.

I have had some doctors tell me it can't cause histamine and a larger number told me "yes" it does.

I was also told there is no test for chemical allergies and that chemicals effect everyone differently. Some get nasal problems, some get hives, some get rashes and some get like me with an entire flaired up body where the tops of my feet swell, just below my knee the muscles swell, chest swells and inflamate around the bones etc.

There hasn't been enough research for a total explaination on why chemicals do what they do. I think if there were more tests, it would make trouble for the way our countries are run, chemicals are in everything from our drinks, to our foods, cleaners, beauty products etc.

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   Posted 5/31/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean about chemicals in everything around us.  I just took a walk and I tend to hold my breath as we walk the neighborhood.  My fingers always swell.  Everyone has been working on their yards today.  The pesticides, fertilizers, dust from lack of rain, gas fumes and smoke from yard tools are all in the air.  We are planning to move out west soon, for one thing the air being drier and thinner, doesn't hold particles as well as here in Florida.  I want to live where I don't have to have a lawn.  We were there in April staying in 8 different hotels (all using the heavyest cleaning chemicals they could find) and I had to find a doctor because my sinus' were so dried up.  Very informative Dr. told me to stop taking Allegra D while there and gave me Clarinex, and a steroid shot, but what really helped was something called NeilMed Nasal Rinse.  I was to use it twice a day to flush out and sooth the nasal passages.  I was skeptical but purchased it at a drug store.  I think it has really helped me even after coming home.  I still have the allergic reactions but not as bad now.  It can be used any time to flush out the sinus passages.

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   Posted 6/3/2007 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   

  I don't mean to jump forums, but when I seen this post it really hit home with me. I have CFS and MCS do to chemicals as I was a autobody painter and exposed to all kinds of chemicals in doing so, I had a time when I had a overload of work that needed to be done, working 12 to 16hrs a day in a poorly vented room upon doing so for 3 weeks straight my body shut down and I was taken to the ER.

  Upon taking blood work thay had found chemicals in both blood and urine work, and rashs on my legs and arms from bring overexposed to the chemicals I worked with. Pryer to this I had a physical done 4 to 6 month pryer to this as I wasn't feeling good and had rashes still on me do to an overload of work at the time, but as things slowed down I started feeling better and the rashes had gone and was feeling better all around. In Aug. I then went hunting for Caribou and we dropped 9 off them and was able to pack out my part to the planes without a problem, then came all the overtime, I had more work then I have ever had to do in my life.

  Like I had said I was overexposed to the chemicals and dropped like a rock, I then took a week off from work to recoup, per pdoc request in follow up I did this and upon returning to work I ended up back in the ER, rested some more and again returned to work and again ended up in the ER and at that time I was told I could never return to that kind of work again.

  But in the meantime I was having Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, CFS, MCS, and had been diagnosed with CNS damage do to the chemicals after miny testing. Even after 13yrs I still have found little relief from it all, and even the smallest amount of chemicals I have a reaction to much like that of an allergic reaction to like allergies just from the air around me and now must live in a so called safe house from chemicals and away from the city's and the smog.

  I just hope that someone will understand that the chemicals that we must live with are hurting us in the long run as I'm living prof of it

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