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  • Kathy P

    My environmental allergies have been awful for about a week! Olive pollen is high and one of the worst offenders for me. Privet is related to olive and our neighbor has an entire hedge row of the stuff! Ugh! We don't have A/C, so have the windows open in the summer. Yup, that stuff blows right into my bedroom!

  • Shea

    I am on a prednisone taper, with guidelines from my new rheumatologist/ immunologist, and I was scheduled to lower another milligram on my prednisone this week… I did lower yesterday (so I was on 18mg), (I just finished 19mgs for 2 weeks without flare). Today, however I woke up early from my asthma, wheezy, stuffed up, and body aches. The weather has been very rainy (which is often hard on my body even when not on a taper). I also have extra stress this week due to an upcoming event, AND my parents and sister (my main supports) are out of the country for 5 days– soooo I decided to take 19mgs this morning and postpone going down until Saturday. It wont hurt me to do that and it could prevent a flare up. I mean, I have been unsuccessful lowering on prednisone in the past and have been stuck on 20mgs for wuite some time to manage my churg-strauss syndrome, and I have finally learned when the perfect storm comes, to stay in and take it easy until it blows by.

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, it sounds like you know your body and your fight against allergies well! Slow and steady wins the race!

  • Jen

    Even though school let out last Thursday for the summer,  I need to make a trek up to the high school today to pick up dd1's  epinephrine from the nurse.  They were supposed to call her down on the last day of school to pick it  up, but that never happened. Fortunately, the high school is less than 10 mins from our house.

  • Kathy P

    Hugs Shea – hope you can weather the storm and then be able to taper down over the weekend. It's awesome that you know your body well enough to know what you need to do.

    Jen – ugh on having to make an extra trip back to pick up the meds from school.

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, is your plan to take it easy and rest up helping? I hope so!

    Jen, how aggravating about the extra trip … and a spare set of epinephrine auto-injectors is not something you'd think a nurse would forget! Glad you got it.

  • K8sMom2002

    Well, today makes the fourth or fifth day when I sound like I'm losing my voice. How many others suffer from at least twice a year laryngitis? I used to lose my voice totally every spring and every fall, and then for a few years, it skipped over me. 

    This year is a bit different. Before I'd start out with a sore throat from post nasal drip, and then it would get better, but I'd lose my voice for a week. This year, no sore throat, and really not much in the way of post nasal drip, but my voice is pretty croaky. It's hanging on, though, and hasn't quit on me, so that's good. 

  • Shea

    I do not know how you survive without AC, Kathy! I am sure that I could not. Today it felt like it was 100 degrees outside. I had to fix my reed fence, I took down an old part that had been beaten up by the wind, and put up a new roll, attaching it to the wooden stake posts with some zip ties. It took like 20 minutes to do, but it was the heat of the day (normally I would not have done it at that time, but it my mom was with me, so I took advantage of having a little help). But jeez I was sweating my butt off and it just took everything out of me.

    K8Smom, bummer on the croaky voice. Hopefully you won't lose your voice all the way.. Although it is kinda cool too not have to talk to anyone… One time I tried to take a vow of silence for 3 days as part of a Buddhist thing I wanted to try.. I could not do it, lol, but I swear it was lack of support by my family that broke me.. And my neighbor had like a breakdown too, so I had to talk to her… But I still want to try it! Maybe I will just tell everyone I lost my voice, lol. 

    I am doing OK on 18mgs prednisone, but it is a struggle. I feel stressed a lot and body aches and just fatigued, but I am hoping my body will adjust and I will start feeling better soon. In the meantime, just trying to be good, not do too much, take moments of relaxation, and eat well. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, I'm still croaking along — it's the weirdest thing. Again, my throat doesn't hurt and I don't feel any more post nasal drip than usual. But last night when my DD called me from the beach, she commented, "Your voice STILL hasn't come back?"

    As for three days of silence … hmh. It's HARD. Every time I totally lose my voice, I'm always so tired mentally and physically because it's such an effort to communicate. 

    Hugs on the prednisone taper … I hope things will continue to go in the right direction for you. You've been so diligent on taking it slow and easy and allowing your body to adjust. You're quite the role model when it comes to that.

    And on Kathy's AC-less existence — but I tend to think her humidity is a bit different than ours. Here in Georgia (and still worse where you are), the humidity is such a bother. In the last couple of days, our humidity has eased, and it made such a difference in how easy it was to breathe. 

  • Kathy P

    Well now I'm all croaky! My allergies are really bad – I think it's grass. My throat just is twitchy and I can't stop coughing. So my throat is really dry and sore. Ugh! I'm constantly sipping water all day long, but even that is not helping.

    Are you still croaking K8sMom?

    How are you doing Shea?

  • Shea

    Lol, frogs are definitely our spirit animals, with the croaking and environmental sensitivities! Kathy, I forget the time of day when grass allergies are at their height… That is a bummer about the throat dryness…. I can only think of honey… Honey kinda coats and has helped me with dry throat. Has anyone tried local honey for allergies? 

  • Kathy P

    Ooh good idea….I have a honey and lemon mix I make into tea. I usually only drink it in the winter. But i think I should fish it out of the fridge and make some tea. Maybe that will help.

  • K8sMom2002

    When I talked to my doctor about how honey seemed to ease my cough, she said yes, that was right, it could definitely help in that department. But my doc has explained that while honey is a great soother, she agrees with the :

    3. Will eating local honey cure allergies?A common myth is that eating a spoonful of local honey a day can build allergy immunity. The idea is that bees pick up pollen spores from flowers, transfer them to their honey and help you better tolerate pollen. Seasonal allergies are usually triggered by windborne pollen, not pollen spread by insects. There is no scientific evidence that honey will provide any benefit or reduce . Your best bet? Talk to your allergist about ways to avoid allergy triggers, the best medications to treat symptoms and whether  could be beneficial.

    Still, it's tasty and does me as much good as cough syrup, with less side effects. Of course, you're not supposed to feed a kiddo under a certain age honey.

  • Kathy P

    I've been drinking lots of Breathe Easy tea w/ honey and lemon. I double up and add a black tea bag too – LOL! It does help to calm my throat.

  • Jen

    When I just can't seem to kick a cough, I have found that a spoonful of honey seems to coat my throat and help some.

  • Kathy P

    Things are calming down – I wound up with a secondary infection. So getting that cleared up with antibiotics and a prednisone burst to calm everything down. Yay me!

  • K8sMom2002

    So there was SOMETHING in the air this weekend — not sure what, but something made both my nose and my DD's nose itch like crazy. I spent Saturday and Sunday wishing I could calm that itch down. DD's is sore, too … but maybe whatever it was has bloomed out and gone, because it does seem to be better today.

    How's everyone's allergies doing? Does the fall bring on more issues for you? 

  • Jen

    The fall stuff hasn't seemed to hit yet for us.  But…back to school is coming up in about 2 weeks now.  Just yesterday, I had to mail the school med forms for dd1 to the allergist.  I made a note to call today to refill her epinephrine so I can be sure to have a fresh set of autoinjectors for the school year. 

    AAFA has a blog post with  more information on .

  • Mark

    I had to work outside this weekend so my allergies are acting.  Even with taking allergy shots it doesn't seem to help when I'm mowing.  Also I ended up switch schools I worked at and couldn't take my bearded dragons with me so this weekend we gave them to a friend and when I was cleaning out the cage it triggered my asthma and I ended up feeling bad the whole day.  I have also been back to work teaching for about two weeks and my allergies have been worse, but my allergist did say that teaching can be bad for allergy because of all the pet dander and other things that the kids bring in.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Yikes, Mark! Hadn't thought about being stuck in a classroom with 20-30 kiddos who are covered in various amounts of pet dander and perfumes and cigarette smoke from home. So many classrooms these days don't even have windows that open or any sort of good ventilation.

    And big hugs on having to re-home your bearded dragons — that had to be tough, especially when cleaning out the cages triggered your asthma as well. 

    What sort of allergy meds are you on every day? And what does your asthma action plan say to do during a flare or times when you've been triggered?

    Hope you get to feeling better. 

  • Mark

    I don't have an action plan because when I'm on meds I very rarely have an attack.  For allergies I'm only on Zertec and have tried almost every nasal spray made and none help.  

  • Jen

    Hi Mark,

    It sounds frustrating to have things like mowing the lawn and allergens brought in by students triggering your asthma.  I think it would be worth talking to the allergist to see if you can adjust meds and/or have an action plan to deal with those situations that seem to bring on an attack.

  • Jen

    Today, I had the beginning of school year conference with ds's teacher.  She asked if there were any allergies.  I explained that while ds isn't allergic to peanuts, his sister is.  Not an issue with my other kids, but ds tend to mouth things (he has special needs), so we don't feed him things with blatant peanuts.  The teacher understood and made a note.  

    How did allergies affect you today?

  • Jen

    Dh participated in a bike ride in Delaware today.  He texted to ask if we had any more Flonase.  He said he was itchy and sneezing a lot.  He does take Allegra every day, but looks like I may be picking up some Flonase at the store tomorrow.

    Is anyone else noticing their fall allergies act up?

  • Kathy P

    Apparently, I'm allergic to Alaska! My allergies have been sooooo bad here. I'm maxed on my antihistamines, nose spray. I had to pick up a nasal rinse kit and that is helping.

  • Jen

    Do they have stuff blooming right now?  Hmmm…makes me wonder if maybe there was something blooming in DE that isn't blooming in MD.

  • Ceciliart

    Hi all,

    Looks like it's been a while since there was a post.  I have actually had a pretty long flare-up this past month.  It lasted about 2 weeks.  I usually will have a flare-up a few times a year but am able to get my lungs back the same day. This time after having a sinus and throat infection, my asthma went wild.  I missed days of work and was taking my inhaler more frequently throughout the day.  I finally have my lungs back, but now I'm left processing emotionally the turmoil if feeling like the flare-up was not ending . This intensity has not happens in years so I initially thought it was just a cold congestion.  I am working on self compassion for missing the signs of my asthma!  

     

    Thanks for reading!

     

    Anna from Austin

  • Jen

    Hi Anna,

    Welcome to posting!  Sorry to hear you recently had a flare up.  Do you find that allergies trigger your asthma?

  • Kathy P

    Welcome Anna – sorry about the flare. Two weeks is a long time to be miserable like that. I totally understand the feeling of it's never going to end. I've been sick for over 2 weeks and it just keeps changing. My sinuses and asthma have been flared the whole time. There seems to be some nasty bugs going around that just linger. 

    Asthma doesn't stay the same either. It can change over time. Have you talked to your doctor about your baseline asthma treatment to see if anything needs to be adjusted?

  • Ceciliart

    Thanks for your responses!   I do have a specialist appointment next week to review my meds.  I did see my doctor to get immediate meds a few weeks ago.  My allergies don't typically flare up my asthma to this degree..  my lungs are back to normal now, but I definitely wish I can prevent this again… I have noticed the sudden change in temperatures impacts a flare up. 

  • K8sMom2002
    Ceciliart posted:

    Hi all,

     I am working on self compassion for missing the signs of my asthma!  n

    Welcome, @Ceciliart … ugh on the flare and the asthma. It can definitely catch up with you when you least expect it. I think you're very wise to work on self-compassion. And next time you're much more likely to not endure things so long. 

    I'm glad you're seeing your doc — after a bad flare, I use it as an opportunity to say, "Okay, this is is what happened. What could I have done differently?" and ask the doc to review my and/or my sick plan. 

    I do really well with good clear if/then instructions. If Y happens, then I do X, you know? 

    And sometimes a simple cold or bug can turn into something fierce for me. In May of 2016, I was like you — for years, my asthma had been under the radar and not really bothering me that much. But then I wound up catching a good case of para-influenza, and it rapidly left me vulnerable to a nasty case of pneumonia. 

    Hugs … we're here for you. 

  • Melissa G

    We had the windows open for a few days at the beginning of the week..I was a mess. We turned our air on yesterday due to the heat, and I am feeling so much better. I am desperate for some fresh air, just not the pollen invading my house. 

  • Mark

    This time of year is rough because we want to have the windows open and that makes my son's and my allergies bad.  

  • Shea

    Yes… It sure is tempting to open the windows with this temperature. But Im not opening the windows!!! Ive invested in some nice indoor houseplants that help clean the air and keep it fresh inside. Then I go out for a while to get my fresh air during low pollen times and come back in and shower (or try to) before bed. That is the plan.

    Today I was outside for a few hours this afternoon and man my allergies took a beating– headache, sinus pressue to the point even my teeth and face and eyes hurt. Resting inside helped. I also am starting to use mypurmist every morning and night. I try to get my son to use it too because he has allergies but he hasnt yet. I like using it so far (I don't like nasal rinses so this is my compromise). It is nice having super purified steam air  — i use it so gar for 10 minutes 2 times a day… And im sniffling less than my little one who doesnt want to try it. I gotta convince him. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Mark, I hear you — when the weather is gorgeous outside, it's so tempting to open the windows. What do you guys do instead? Are there days when your pollen levels are low enough that you can?

    A great resource for pollen counts is the  (NAB™), part of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). It reports current pollen and mold spore levels to the public.

    Shea, glad you're finding some relief from the allergy onslaught! 

  • Melissa G

    It was such a long winter, I just want fresh air. But I agree Shea it is just not worth the allergy issues that follow. 

    I sure hope you are starting to feel better! 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    I agree with you all too…and I made the mistake of opening my windows for a couple of hours on Wednesday morning….and that was a big mistake–BIG!!  I was sneezing my head off and it took a while for me to feel better. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    I put my furnace filter in my bedroom window to help filter air coming in. I find it helps. Winter was slow leaving Chicago this year and last week we finally had warm weather so  this week we are starting the pollen explosion I've been waiting for. It's mainly trees that are giving us the high pollen counts but we also have dust mold and grass giving off spores…I worked in the yard Saturday and a little yesterday but today this afternoon I started stuffing up and been sneezing as well. but so far I'm better this year than last year…But time will tell

  • Melissa G

    Glad to hear you are doing better this year than last.

    That is a great idea about the furnace filter in the window! I would have never thought of that. 

  • Melissa G

    I made sure to talk to my allergist before going camping for the first time this year. last year I was a mess every time we went. So far the new plan is working! 

  • Dgloria

    Good Morning all.

    Since I can remember, every spring and autumn I get sick, but I didn't notice it, my husband just told me that it is so, since he can remember. I am on allergy pills and nasal spray since ten years or more now, all year long, because without that, nice red dry scars in my nose ruin my day, and I'm sniffing and sneezing, which embarrasses my colleagues. Despite the medication I got sick. About a week ago the headache and inside the nose pain started, my throat went to inflammation, and I knew it's gonna be bad. Thursday I came home from work, and that night it started. Those who find details disgusting, please stop reading, I go to details, wishing someone has a solution for this. So I put a little bowl beside the bed, and every time it comes, I spit into it. I can't let it stay in, because my throat hurts so much and this thing is highly viscose and just doesn't move anywhere. So I found this treatment: daytime I drink Linden tea, because it helps raise the viscosity and removal of mucus, add honey, lemon, and water and take some vitamines too, stay in bed as much as I can, an evenings I drink Chamomillae tea because it dries you out, and it's a natural inflammation killer. So from Thursday to Sunday this was most of my days, while switching among sinex wickes and sterimar nasal spray, not to dry my nose skin so badly, but alllow to try to breathe. Now my nose is still full, and I don't feel like going out, however it is beautiful outside. I get stronger, but I hate the whole thing. Also mid April my migraines become worse, almost every Sunday I had a vomiting, headache migraine, I have no idea if the two are related, and a general weakness. At that time I was struggling to eat however I felt hungry. Now my apetite is back, knock on wood. I hope somebody can help me, I lost faith in the pullmonologist, and the whole health system, you can't go tell them the whole story you have to pick a symptom which they can treat. I need full support. I was wondering maybe my fluid system (which only the eastern cultures care about) is cleaning itself with all that fluid flow out of me, but I don't know how could I help it run without getting sick. As you, I work too, can't drink any more water, already I visit the toilet every hour. Next I'll try neti pot on a daily basis. About me:I really like special teas, which isn't recommended, because I also have an acid reflux, cured with pantoprazole, without that I'd have a peptic ulcer. Low blood pressure, apart from that I am perfectly ok. If I could help others, by writing how I cope with this,  I am already happy, but if anyone could help, that would be great! Thank you all!

  • Dgloria

    Hi people, about the honey, my people are crazy about honey, acacia honey especially, but it has to be used wisely. The less goes into your stomach, the better. My friend who's a kinda healer said he makes a special honey, with green bits and pollens, which you don't eat, but put a pea size under your tongue, and let it dissolve. That's how honey works, so you can see why it is so expensive, it's all a waste if goes down to your indigestion system. We, in the Western world are used to eat everything sweet, I am a bit better than that, I use sugar as a spice mostly, however I eat snacks as well as everyone, but at least I can feel how too sweet they are. Still trying to keep it as low as possible. It is all a question of habit. Still I drink my teas with a coffeespoon of honey, which is really bad for my wallet haha.

  • Melissa G

    Hi DGloria, welcome to AAFA!  So glad that you found us! 

    You do have a lot going on. Have you ever been seen by an allergist? If you can find your allergy triggers, than maybe you can get your symptoms under control.

    Here is how  are diagnosed.

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    And  are allergy preventions.

  • Dgloria

    Hi Melissa, I've had a skin prick test. Since then I take loratadine every day with mometasone nasal spray. My doctor knew about my spring disease, but usually treated as common cold, since symptoms are similar. She offered to take fluid loosener medicine like ACC(acetylcisteine) and herbal teas daytime so that all bacteria and things clear out of the system, and dryer medicine for the night to better sleep.

  • Melissa G

    Maybe you could talk to your doctor and you could switch to a different antihistamine? We have had to switch to different antihistamines to see which one works better. 

  • Melissa G

    I have been getting terrible headaches again. I am tired of seeing green/yellow stuff covering everything. 

  • Mark

    I'm lucky because I don't get headaches, but I have been dizzy for the last 6 weeks and allergist tell me I have to see an ENT for help and the ENT tells me it's not my ears and I need to go to my allergist.  This year seems the worst for allergies in a while.  

  • Melissa G

    Mark I agree! This year, the allergies have been horrible. 

    I hope you are able to get things figured out and start feeling better. 

  • Melissa G

    With all the rain, the pollen count is down, but the rain is bothering my sinuses. It has been over a week with daily rain. I need to see the sun.