(Closed) asthma and allergies enough is enough

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have asthma and allergies (mostly only bother me with exercise or certain pollens) I just got over a sinus infection by using a Neti Pot. If you aren’t familiar with them, it looks like a tea pot that you mix water and salt (saline solution) You then tilt your head to the side over a sink and let it pour into one nostril, flushing out your sinus’ and out the other nostril. Pouring water in your nose sounds really awful to a lot of people, it’s really not that bad though though.

Anyway it is supposed to help flush allergens out of your nose. They are less than $20 and might be worth a shot 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

p.s. Oprah swears by it, lol, not sure if that carries anyway weight with you. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

🙁 that’s too bad. I was hoping it was a little drug free miracle worker. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hmm…I don’t have any useful suggestions for allergies but the only thing that works for me when my asthma is really bad is Flovent. It totally cuts down on my reliance on Albuterol inhalers and helps me breathe better. It’s prescription, so you’ll have to get it from a doctor, but it’s totally worth it IMO.

ETA: the actual medication name (as opposed to the brand name) is Fluticasone.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Also, if you’re using OTC medications, try switching brands. Sometimes we get so used to taking one that it doesn’t work as well, and you need a switch. And just like any other medication, some things don’t work for some people. I can only use Zyrtec, and Claritin doesn’t do anything for me. Darling Husband is the exact opposite. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would try using the nasal rinse instead of the Netipot.  It’s easier in my opinion.  You might also want to look into allergy injections.  I have been thinking about getting them.

I agree it’s been a bad allergy year, I’m constantly sneezing!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I have allergies and asthma too and nothing has been working for me either.  As matter of fact I’m struggling with allergies and a sinus infection today.  I’ve been popping Claratin like they’re M&Ms but sadly they aren’t helping much. I’m seriously thinking of going to an allergist to get allergy shots cause I’m so miserable.

Sorry I was no help, but just wanted to tell you that you aren’t alone, I’m feeling your pain too.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

MissAsB: Agree about the Nasal Rinse bottle. Another thing you can try is a rinse, then applying a local barrier oil, which can help to keep things inside your nose moist.

Fluticasone, mentioned by Little Gray Kitten, is a corticosteroid which can help to control the inflammatory response which is involved in allergy. Often, topical steroids are more effective than antihistamines in controlling allergy symptoms.

Immunotherapy (allergy shots and sublingual) is the only treatment that can truly alter allergic disease. Everything else just helps with the symptoms.  My job involves allergy testing and getting patients started on immunotherapy, and I’m happy to answer any questions you have if anyone would like to PM me.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Fiance has severe allergies and severe asthma. He has been miserable for about three weeks now.  I just have allergies.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Fiance and I ended up in the ER last night. A combination of his allergies, a potential sinus infection, and his asthma gave him an asthma attack that he couldn’t get under control. One breathing treatment, dose of steriods, and four hours later we were home.  He scared me.

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