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Allergy breathing issues? Help!

i have been since September trying to figure out my breathing problems, I have been to regular dr, gastro l, pulmonary and ENT. I have had x rays, ct scans, breathing tests, barium swallow and others. I have a constant wheeze in my throat with chest tightness and chest wheeze and sometime feeling of hard to breathe. I have tried all different inhalers with no luck and montelikast as well. Today I was allergy tested and tested severe to dust mites all kinds and dust, has anyone experienced seemingly chronic breathing issues because of an allergy? I do not get the typical itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose at all but I do have post nasal drip. Is it possible to have literal non stop issues if untreated? I was just prescribed olaoatadine, mometasine, cetrizine and montelukast. How long would it take for one to feel better if allergies is the issue? Feeling kind of lost, thanks for any help! 

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  • Melissa G

    Glad you are getting some answers Kyle! 

    I am allergic to dust, dust mites and mold. It took me a few weeks of being on an antihistamine and at times a decongestant before I really felt better. I noticed quickly that I didn't have as much sinus drainage. Post nasal drip can really cause some issues when it is not being controlled. 

    Besides taking medication there are other things you can do to help

  • kyle boeckmann

    Thanks Melissa I saw the Zyrtec says it starts working in an hour and thought it must be too good to be true lol, that and mometasone are antihistamine have you taken either? I’m really just hoping this is the final answer even if it takes a few weeks, thank you for the link too!

  • Melissa G

    I have been on Zyrtec, Allegra and am currently taking Xyzal. The Zyrtec and Allegra, worked but after a while, they can lose their effectiveness. 

    You may feel better more quickly, I think it just depends on all you have going on. 

  • kmcnamara68

    Hey Kyle,

    How ironic, I had allergy testing done yesterday also. I too was allergic to everything. I had allergy shots many years ago (30 years ago) and it helped tremendously. Well, my allergies came back later in life with a vengeance. They told me at allergist's office that I was the most severe case they had seen in many years. In any case, since I was so bad, they started me on Xolair right away. So, I will be getting Xolair shots every 2 weeks in addition to weekly allergy shots. The answer to your question is yes, if allergies are bad enough, they can affect your asthma severely. I do not have the sinus issues either, just the breathing problem. My allergist says that is entirely possible as I use daily nasal spray. In any event, he said that he is 95% sure that after a few months this treatment should help. He said that those of us that test the worst tend to respond the best to treatment. Are you scheduled to start allergy shots? With regards to dust mites, you could put a mattress liner on and wash it once a week, that might definitely help. Hang in there buddy, I think we might both be on the right track for at least some relief.

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Kyle, it sounds like you are getting to the bottom of things!  

    I love KMcNamara68's reminder of the little things we can do to control dust mites. Melissa's link gives great info … 

    Could you take a quick look around and see what things are rolling out the welcome mat for dust mites in your home and surroundings? AAFA's blog post, "" is a great place to start!

    One quick thing to do … could you buy a new pillow? The blog says this:

    • Replace your pillows every two years. After two years, 10% of the weight of your pillow can be from dead dust mites and their droppings. You can’t see them, but they are there.

    The bold and italics are mine … I went   "eek!" when I read that. And the blog post has lots of other good tips as well.

    KMcNamara68, so hoping your allergy shots and Xolair will help you and you will see that improvement within a very short time.  

  • kmcnamara68

     Thank you so much. I hope so as well, it's been a struggle last two years. Allergy/asthma doctor told me he is 95% confident these two treatments will make a huge difference in a matter if months. So, we'll see.

  • birchoak

    Hi Kyle, I'm sorry for what you're going through.  I've had trouble breathing for close to four years now and have come here hoping for answers.  I, too, have had a battery of tests, none of which indicated anything wrong.  In my case, it seems to be something in the air here in Massachusetts that triggers tightness in my chest and having to "gulp" for air at times.  When I'm out of state, my breathing slowly improves, then deteriorates once I return to MA.  I had the skin prick allergy test twice; both times it indicated I wasn't allergic to any of the more common suspects: pet hair, dust, pollen, etc., so it must be something less common.  Good luck with your medications and be prepared to try other things if what you're on now doesn't pan out.