Allergies and Allergens

Old 05-22-2017, 10:15 AM
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I need to avoid smokers and people who wear lots of cologne. According to my allergist, It's not allergy, though. It is a chemical sensitivity. Feels exactly the same to me.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:33 AM
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I am a big fan of Zyrtek (generic otc available). My major allergies are to dust mites & mold - as someone above posted, try getting away from those any time of year. That & the occasional seasonal use of previously prescription nasal sprays (Flonase, astelin, synocort, etc) gets me through. So far I haven't needed an actual inhaler.

Zyrtek seems to mitigate the severity the best of all the prescription meds I tried (most of which are over the counter now).

That said, when things get out of control, only Benadryl helps me. I hate taking it because it turns me into a zombie. Grant you, a clear breathing zombie, but a zombie nonetheless.

We are both mildly allergic to cats but have 4. We will take daily meds to enjoy their company. : )
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:39 AM
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I have been to many specialist about my allergies. The bottom line has always been my immune system needed to be stronger. A healthy diet, lots of exercise, and dental work. Your dental health is very important to your immune system. I didn't have any dental problems that I knew of. But I had tiny bleeding and that was a sign of infection that lowered my immune system. Once my dental health was corrected I started to feel better I didn't know how run down I did feel because it was so gradual. My immune system started to get stronger and it has made a big difference. I still have allergy but not severe anymore. In fact now my allergy is mostly annoying instead of miserable.
I had the same experience about my allergies being bad and when I strengthened my immune system, my allergies were much less. I've noticed they are getting bad again and also that I've been sick a couple times so I'm going to talk to my nutritionist about working on my immune system. Oh, I also have dental problems but just had laser surgery to correct a few problem areas and I'm good again on that front.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:54 AM
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I've noticed with cats - there are some I am very allergic to - others just mildly so -

Seems to depend on the cat. Length of hair did seem to be a factor, nor where they were living.

My Mom had several inside cats - I could pet Babe for hours - he was a long hair sweetheart - with minimal reaction - she had a short-hair black one - two strokes on him (when he got close enough!) and I was miserable for hours later.
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Old 05-23-2017, 01:01 PM
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I agree dental health is one important factor in immune strength. Do not overlook any dental problems. When symptoms appear, don't dismiss them. Bleeding, soreness, or sensitivity. Don't ever think oh it's just my teeth, I can live with it. Dental infections, even the non painful kind, will knock you down fast by lowering your immune system and then whamo you feel bad all the time. It takes a long time for your body to fight off anything if your immune system is weak.
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:15 PM
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I was told by a holistic Doctor that if I bought local honey, and used it a few times a week, it would help with my allergies. She was right. It has made them much better. I quit using antihistamines after about two weeks. I am allergic to mold, mildew, and about half the flowers that grow in Oregon, in addition to grass. Local honey is my new medicine forever.
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by madamekelly View Post
I was told by a holistic Doctor that if I bought local honey, and used it a few times a week, it would help with my allergies. She was right. It has made them much better. I quit using antihistamines after about two weeks. I am allergic to mold, mildew, and about half the flowers that grow in Oregon, in addition to grass. Local honey is my new medicine forever.
I haven't tried local honey - it is certainly worth a try.

As to cats, it takes us a few weeks/months to get used to a new cat but our allergies eventually return to a baseline.

Our cats seem to have seasonal allergies ad well. We give them daily lysine but I've started giving them Zyrtec too. It seems to help.
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