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Long term sufferer from allergy

I have been eating medicines for allergy(dust mite) for last 8 years. From sneezing, running nose,itchy eyes to cough. This is the bad time I am having. After cough next stage is definitely asthma. I am trying to find out which are the countries that are allergy free, or less allergy issues. 

Pls help me!

Thank you. 

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  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome, Anupama! I don't know that any country is allergy free, but I can hear the frustration of you trying to deal with allergies for eight years.

    Besides medication, what sorts of things have your doctors advised you to do to help with the allergies? Could you take allergy shots? Do you have encasements (zippered covers) for your mattresses and pillows? What about an air purifier? 

    Here are . 

    Some of our other members like @Shea, @Gloria, @GigiGibson and @Mandy have lots of good strategies to help reduce allergy and asthma triggers. Hopefully they will see your question and offer some ways to help you manage dust mite allergies.

  • Jen

    Hi anupama,

    Welcome to the asthma support forums.    Has your doctor said that you have asthma or are you just concerned that you may end up with asthma?

  • Anupama

    Yes Jen, I am worried that I may end up in asthma or even worse. 

    Thanks for the reply. ��

  • Anupama

    Hi K8SMOM2002, thanks for the reply. 

    I am taking antihistamines for allergy. Have been trying different meds, change the meds for every 6 to 8 months. And this has been happening for years now. Also nasal spray(corticosteroid).

    Tried vaccumming house twice a day, tried changing pillow case everyday, mattress. No difference at all. Just fed up with this. 

    Started cough too, really bad couging. Doctor said it's allergic cough. Thinking of moving out to another place or country. ����

  • K8sMom2002

    I know that @Kathy P takes allergy shots … would that be an option for you? Has your doctor told you what you are allergic to?

  • Melanie Carver

    If your allergy is to dust mites,  dust mites exist on every continent except Antarctica. But there are some climates that help repel dust mites.

    Dust mites like humidity. They thrive when the air is 70-80% humid. So, if you live in a humid area, you'll want a dehumidifier for your home, if possible.

    Some very dry climates have less dust mites. Before you move, talk with your doctor.

    Here are some more tips about dust mite allergy:

    I hope some of these ideas help!

  • Shea

    Hi Anupama! I had the fewest allergy problems in Phoenix Arizona (USA)… and my current immunologist also recommended New Mexico, USA. Basically dry, desert climates. Right now I live in hot, humid Florida   …  I cannot move now, so I have a HEPA air purifier in my room, keep my air conditioner around 70 degrees, and have mostly hard floors. My allergies are to cat and dog dander, so none of those on my home (I have desert lizards as pets). And mattresses are encased in zippers, everything washed weekly in HOT water, with detergent that has no scents and is hypoallerzippersPAIN in the butt. I hope it will help my lungs while they are inflamed and help me get the inflammation under control so I can get off meds!!!! … but I would take an RV to phoenix Arizona if I had the chance!!!

  • Kathy P

    @Anupama Have you ever had allergy testing to see what it is you are allergic to? may be an option. I know for myself, knowing what I'm allergic to helps me to avoid those triggers. Antihistamines alone have not been enough to control my allergies. But with a combination of environmental controls (pillow/mattress protectors, washing bedding in hot water, keeping the leaves cleaned up around our house to reduce mold growth), shots, anthistamines, nasal spray and nasal rinses, things are manageable most of the time.

    As for moving, depending on what you are allergic to, there may be places more "compatible." However, allergic individual often will become sensitized and allergic to their new location after a few years. I remember my allergist explaining that to me. When I moved to where I live now, my allergy testing showed I wasn't allergic to most of the common "local" allergens. But after a few years, that changed and I've become allergic to even more things over the years.

  • Anupama

    Hi K8SMOM2002, Cough has gone as of now, still sneezing and throat itching there. Have doctor appointment today, I will ask him about the allergy shots. Don't know whether the shots are available in India. 

  • Anupama

    Hi SHEA, Thank you for the reply. How long have you been going through this allergy and medicines ? 

    I am sick of taking medicines for this, I have tried washing bedsheets and pillow cover in hot water, tried vaccumming whole house twice a day, as of now my helper is cleaning all the stuff in my house with damp cloth everyday, still no change, sneezing and runny nose which starts around midnight which disturbs my sleep and end up taking meds. Pathetic. 

  • Anupama

    @KATHY P  ,thanks for your reply. Yes I have taken the allergy test and I am allergy to house dust mites.

  • Jen

    anapuma – I hope the doctor has some good ideas for you.  Keep us posted on today's appoinment.

  • Anupama

    @Jen hi, I discussed about allergy shots with my doctor. He said it's minimum 3 and half years to 5 years course, one shot per week. What he suggest is moving out of country. Doctor clearly said living in India, because of climate and pollution, allergy cannot be cured,I may have to keep on taking medicines. He told to move out to Australia or Germany. Some of his patients have absolutely no sneezing,runny nose living in Germany/Australia who have moved from India. 

    As of now doctor has given me another(new) antihistamine for one month. Review visit after a month.

  • K8sMom2002

    @Anupama, I have read about India's terrible air quality. It stinks that you're having so much trouble that you are considering moving out of the country. 

    Have you tried an air filter for your home or sleeping quality? I'm not sure what is available in India, but here's a link to the  which will give you recommendations for air filters/cleaners that work to help reduce allergens. 

  • Kathy P

    Yes, allergy shots are a long-term commitment. But it can be worth it. Was it only that you tested positive to? I only test positive to dust mites and cats for a very long, but I did get shots and they helped.

    We've had a few discussion on the forum about and people's experience with them. They aren't a cure all, but maybe it would help.

    We just recently had our heating system replaced and I opted for a whole house HEPA filter. I think it is helping. I know there seems to be less dust build up on surfaces.

    can definitely be an asthma trigger. I know for myself, even when I didn't test positive to environmental allergens, I still had issues when pollen levels were high, smog coupled with humidity, etc.

  • Anupama

    @Kathy P I don't want to use air purifier. I have 2 small kids, they will also breath the filtered air and will become sensitive to the outside pollution.

     

  • Anupama

    @K8sMom2002 hi.. I am feeling lot better now, because of my new anti histamine.

    Thank you. 

  • Shea

    Hi Anupama. I have dealt with allergies most of my life. There have been better times and worse times. Better times were:

    no cats or dogs (animal dander is a trigger),

    living dry desert air (because mold is a trigger for my allergies),

    and when I am flared, it does help that I have my home set up as my sanctuary, free from pollution, low on dust mites.

    It would not hurt your children to breathe filtered air. It would give their lungs and immune systems a break from the pollution and/or mold outside and they would be stronger for that, have less chance of developing inflammation which means their lungs would be less sensitive to pollution, not more sensitive to it. It is especially helpful to have good air quality in the room you sleep in, as you spend 8-10 hours a day in there sleeping.

    If you vacuum alot, but do not wear a mask and/or use HEPA filtered vacuum, the dust can blow up into the air and into your lungs and cause MORE irritation then vacuuming less. Every other day vacuuming should be fine. If you do not use a HEPA vacuum, then wear a dust mask, and try to leave the house for an hour after you vacuum (maybe schedule to vacuum before you go grocery shopping), so that any dust that blows up but doesnt get into the vacuum filter has time to get settled again (not floating around in the air you are bresthing). HEPA vacuums trap even very fine dust particles that can irritate the lungs, but that regular vacuum filters cannot trap. That is why HEPA vacuums are good. HEPA air purifiers are good because they are constantly filtering the air of these fine particles, and, again, it makes the biggest difference in your bedroom where you sleep. 

    I am glad your new antihistamine is helpful. What is the active ingredient in it? 

  • K8sMom2002

    Anupama, I think Shea's point about whether your kids could benefit from an air filter is a good point to bring up with your doctor. 

    How are things going today? Is your antihistamine still working?

  • Anupama

    @Shea the composition is montelukast and fexofenadine. Montelukast I have been taking it for long long time and it really works. 

    Thanks Shea for sharing , so you are saying with air purifier and HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner the allergy can be controlled? How frequently you do the vacuum ? Here,our floors are tiled, and we clean the floor twice with wet mop with disinfectant floor cleaner. Doesn't really help, the dust gets accumulated within 4 to 5 hours. 

  • Anupama

    @K8sMom2002 Hi.. I am feeling lot lot better. The new antihistamine is working good  

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Anupama, I really would talk to your doctor about whether a filter is a good option for you — either a whole house air filter if you have a central air unit, or individual air filters for each room if you don't have a central air unit. Dust gets stirred up as you clean, and then re-settles. A filter can help clean the air as the dust is floating in it.

    I know that in my case, where I live is very dusty, and I would constantly be mopping and wiping down dust if I didn't have an air filter in my central air unit. I use the — at least the 1500 – and if I can find it, the Elite 2200 Filtrete Filter or higher. I change my filters more often than the 90 day guide because they get so dusty so quickly. 

    If I didn't have a central air/forced air system, I would definitely need to use portable air filters/cleaners. 

    Here's a link to the  which allows you to search for filters and air cleaners that have been rigorously tested to make sure they actually help people with allergies. 

    Here's a link to . And here are the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's 

  • Shea

    Anupama, yes I do believe the dust allergy can be alleviated. I fllow these recommendations:

    • Choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to help dust emissions from the cleaner itself.
    • Vacuum twice weekly, paying particular attention to areas that accumulate most dust, such as under the bed and near doorways.
    • Wear a mask when cleaning to avoid circulating dust that has been stirred-up, or ask someone without allergies to clean for you. Avoid the vacuumed room for two hours after vacuuming.
    • Vacuum upholstery, curtains, rugs, sofas and other soft furnishings too.
    • Consider wet vacuuming or steam cleaning of rugs and carpets, which is more effective at removing mites and their droppings than dry cleaning.

    10. Invest in Special Bedding

    Given that an average mattress between 100,000 and 10 million bugs (which leave several million droppings), paying special attention to the bedroom is important in the fight against mites!

    While many of the methods listed above will reduce dust mites in bedding, those who are particularly sensitive may need extra protection against these insects.

    Special allergen-proof fabric covers are available to encase mattresses (such as ), box springs and pillows (such as ), preventing dust mites from setting up home in your bedding.

    Although they can be costly, a published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that covering children’s mattresses and pillows with special mite-proof casings helped reduce asthma complications. This builds on , which also recommends their use for asthmatics.

  • K8sMom2002

    Anupama, do you think any of Shea's tricks and tips that you haven't already tried would work for you? 

  • Jen

    @Anupama - Is the new medicine still working for you or have allergy issues resurfaced?

  • Anupama

    Hi all. Sorry for the late reply. I am again down with severe cough  

    Last week I was traveling and I didn't even sneeze for a single time. The moment I entered my home I started to sneeze. My husband says I am psychologically effected with allergy.  

  • Jen

    Sorry to hear you have a bad cough.  Perhaps there is something in your house which is causing it.  Have you seen your doctor about the cough?  

  • Kathy P

    That's interesting…and I often have a similar issue! There is something IN or right around my house that I'm allergic to. I don't really think it's psychosomatic for me. You spend a lot of time in your house, so it makes sense that you would be highly sensitized to things there.

  • Serene

    Is slit treatment available in your country for your dust mite allergies yet? I know it is in europe. SLIT is different than a shot, and a lot easier for people to use, since it is a pill. I've been waiting for the FDA to approve it's treatment here, since my body reacted badly to the shots.

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Anupama, on the sneezing and coughing the minute you come home. I do think that points to something that is in your home — not in your head!

    Can you write a list of things that you had with you on your trip? That would rule out several things that you obviously AREN'T allergic to since you didn't sneeze or cough with them. And then you can begin thinking about what's just inside your front door and work at figuring out what's causing all your misery. 

    Another thing … were you traveling in the same part of the country where you live? People can be allergic to the pollens, trees, grasses and weeds that are where they live, but move to a part of the country without those and have a break from their allergies. 

    It may be that you can compare what was blooming where you were traveling and what was blooming back home and figure out what the problem is.

  • K8sMom2002
    Serene posted:

    Is slit treatment available in your country for your dust mite allergies yet? I know it is in europe. SLIT is different than a shot, and a lot easier for people to use, since it is a pill. I've been waiting for the FDA to approve it's treatment here, since my body reacted badly to the shots.

     

    Serene, just wanted to make sure you saw the blog post that KFA just put out … 

    This is super exciting! I don't know that my DD would be eligible for this since she has had a prior anaphylactic reaction, but it's definitely something for us to ask her allergist about. 

  • Serene

    Wow, thanks for posting. I'm excited about that, I hope that means it will be available soon,and not years from now.

    I had a bad reaction to my first allergy shot and could not continue those but I have hopes for slit therapy which would be less painful and easier to use. Obviously, it will depend on what outrageous cost the insurance will charge for it, whether they will attempt to push me to do shots again first, etc.

    There is also a vaccine for dust mite allergy which is in the works. I hope that will help a lot of allergy sufferers before they reach asthma.

    Hopefully I will be able to tolerate these.

     

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, I hope so! And your mention of the vaccine is interesting, too — DD isn't able to take allergy shots because of a past severe reaction, and her allergists nixed the idea of using the Grastek pills as well. 

    Where did you read about the vaccine? 

  • Serene

    I've been reading about the vaccine for several years now. Because I am so sensitivities to current medications, I'm always looking to read up on future treatments and alternative treatments. 

  • K8sMom2002

    It does! I'm hoping research into vaccines like this will also help folks with food allergies as well — it's an exciting time for allergy research! Thanks for sharing the links, Serene!

  • Serene

    I'm really hoping this will become available, but the lack of really recent info has me a touch concerned. It would be so awesome though for people to be inoculated against dust mites and not have to go through what we do on a daily basis. The advance would be huge.

  • K8sMom2002

    Serene, I think the research is ongoing for different sorts of vaccines and treatments for allergies. 

    For instance, NPR did a story not too long ago called . And there was an article someone shared with me called . 

    That tells me that there IS research that is seeking to be an improvement for treating allergies.

  • Kathy P

    Anupam, how is the new med combo working? Still feeling improved? Have you looked into any other things to control the allergens? 

  • Anupama

    Hi @Kathy P, sorry i missed your message. Hi @Jen , Lot of improvement. No cough, sneezing too reduced a lot. I am not taking medicines on daily basis,may be once in a week. Totally under control. When i get sneezing or the cough,i distract myself by watching a movie or engaging myself with kids or going out. 

    Cleaning the house thoroughly using damp cloth twice a day, all the places not just the floor. Also the climate has changed,summer started. Doctor had told me , once the summer starts my allergies should reduce. And yes, lot better now.

    Thank you 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, yay! I'm so glad the season's switching has reduced your allergies! And yes, sometimes we forget that dust and pollen can gather on ANY horizontal surface, not just the floor.

    I know you were worried about the long term commitment of allergy shots, but if you improved that much with the change of the seasons, then maybe shots that would help you build a tolerance to the pollen that occurs during the spring would help. It's not necessarily three years before you see improvement … I know folks who have experienced improvement before then. 

    I'm glad you're feeling better!