Post # 1
it just keeps coming this year. this is the first time i’ve ever experienced seasonal allergies…the sneezing and running/stuffy nose, and post-nasal drip causing a hacking cough in the morning and at night. it even went so far as to cause little white bumps on the insides of my eyelids. my eyes were itching so bad…DS had conjunctivitis and gave it to me, and it was weeks later, so i went to the eye dr because i thought i still had it. nope. eye allergies. ARGH. she actually put me on steroid drops for two weeks.
the worst part is that i got bit on the hand by a deerfly while walking in minnehaha park on friday evening during my visit with Fiance. within 20min my whole palm had swelled and stiffened up, turned bright red, and itched and burned like mad and HURT. benadryl didn’t help at all. by morning the itching/burning/redness had faded, but the swelling spread to the back of my hand too and it was still uncomfortably stiff and sore. took three days to go away. and just this evening i got bit just above my ankle by ANOTHER deerfly and the same thing, only the entire outside of my ankle. i’ve NEVER reacted to bug bites before, beyond the normal bump for mosquitos and maybe a larger welt for a greenhead or something (back when i lived on the east coast still). my mom swells up whenever anything bites/stings her (except for mosquitos), but she’s been that way her whole life.
i’ve never had any allergies before now. i don’t get it. i’m 28, FFS. grr.
any suggestions for good bug spray i can put directly on my skin? lol.
Post # 3
Have you been stressed a lot lately? I know a lot of stress comes with wedding planning, plus jobs, and any other big life changes. Stress can do a lot of crazy things to the body. I feel like I’m constantly in stress with law school, and my body finds fun new ways to react to the stress every semester. I’ve also heard of people allergy free their whole lives, then with one big event they’re suddenly allergic to everything. Even if its not stress related, I’d go talk to a doctor if I were you. And sorry, I don’t really know of a good bug spray, I always just pick whatevers at thee drug store haha.
Post # 4
eh, i can’t go to the dr because i’ve been unemployed sort of long-term (over a year) and have no insurance. we’re not actively wedding planning yet…but yeah, the past 18 months (since i got laid off, pretty much) have been loaded with stress. hm.
Post # 5
I also have crazy allergies. I suggest you go to an allergy DR and get the full panel. At least then you’ll know what you are dealing with and can figure out what you need to do to help yourself. In the meantime, take advil when you have a bad reaction – it helps with inflammation. I’d start taking something like claritan every day.
Get foods tested too. Do you have any food allergies? I have allergies to things like peanuts and oats that I didn’t know about until much later in life. They aren’t Epipen crazy death allergies, but I will get eczema and swell up like a beast if I eat something bad. It’s crazy.
Post # 6
up till now, i’ve never had a single allergy.
Post # 7
Some people do develop allergies as an adult. I didnt have allergies as a child but developed several allergies as an adult. I dont have health insurance either so I know how it is. This is what I have been doing first buy some OFF it has to have deet in it thats the best when you are outside. You also should take zyrtec or claritin (walmart sells claritin cheep) you should always have some benadryl on hand as well as a hydrocortisone anti itch cream. All of this is OTC and not very expensive at all. I have been able to manage my allergies very well using all of these. When you get insurance you should go have an allergy test done