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What more can I do?

Hi everyone,

I'm a long time asthma and environmental allergy sufferer taking meds daily- QNasl, Zyrtec, Singulair, and Benedryl as needed. The problem I'm experiencing is that my husband is military, and we just relocated to a place where my allergies are killing me. I called to get into an allergy/asthma specialist, and the first available appointment is one month away. Beyond taking Benedryl consistently and doing nasal rinses, what more can I do? I'm not out rolling in the grass- I'm just trying to live my life, but I've got a consistent sore throat, earache, post nasal drip, headache, and chest tightness. 

Are there any tips you can share with me? I'm on a ton of meds as it is, but still feel like poop!

Thanks in advance!

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  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Shilo … that sounds really tough! Is there a cancellation list that you could get on in the meantime?

    What sort of allergies do you have? If, for instance, you suffer from , and you're living in a home that used to be home to pets, that dander can stick around for awhile. 

    Same thing if you suffer from dust mite allergy. 

    You may have already tried this, but could you try working to ? Sometimes it's all about tipping points — improving several things just a little bit will help you get some relief.

    In the meantime, you're not alone — it can be super tough to be in a new place battling old allergies, but we're here for you!

  • Melissa G

    Hi Shilo! Welcome to AAFA!

    I am so sorry you are struggling! could you call your previous dr just to let them know you are struggling and see what they suggest, maybe switching to a different antihistamine? What allergies do you have more indoor or outdoor allergies? Do you have/use HEPA filters in your home?

    Here are some things to help with allergies: 

  • Shilo

    Melissa, do HEPA filters really help? I've never used one before but would if it's worth doing!! Thank you for the links too. They are both so helpful!!

    K8SMOM, thank you for your help! I love the link regarding indoor allergy control. That's a helpful starting guide that I can work through one step at a time. I do not have allergy friendly bedding, I don't have a HEPA filter, etc. So I'm going to work my way through this list and try and help myself better than I'm doing now!

  • Melissa G

    They have helped us! Especially if you have allergens in your home, dust, animals…etc. 

    I like your approach, one things at a time. Getting overwhelmed doesn't help at all. 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Hi Shilo,  Do you have an from your previous doctor that you can use to help manage your chest tightness? For example, my doctor told me to pre-treat with 2 puffs of albuterol before I exercise or before I go outside on a bad air pollution day…that and wearing my vog mask helps a ton.

    I was diagnosed with bronchitis in June…and that led to an asthma exacerbation. At the time, I only had breathing problems when I was sick (bronchitis, primarily). Therefore I didn't even have a current prescription for albuterol…and had never been given a controller medication prescription.  Because I was having trouble breathing, I thought bronchitis–which led me to think asthma exacerbation. But I didn't have any medicine. It was a week night and my doctor's office was closed, so I went to urgent care. They gave me a prescription for albuterol and Qvar and a nebulizer treatment.

    If you can't get into to see an allergist before 1 month, can you go to an urgent care to get access to medicine that you need?  I hope you feel better soon!!

  • K8sMom2002
    Shilo posted:

    Melissa, do HEPA filters really help? I've never used one before but would if it's worth doing!! Thank you for the links too. They are both so helpful!!

    K8SMOM, thank you for your help! I love the link regarding indoor allergy control. That's a helpful starting guide that I can work through one step at a time. I do not have allergy friendly bedding, I don't have a HEPA filter, etc. So I'm going to work my way through this list and try and help myself better than I'm doing now!

    Shilo, so glad I could help! As you're looking into buying things to improve air quality, maybe you could start with the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program?

    Here's a quote about the program:

    The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. You can find certified products and services such as carpet cleaning, flooring, vacuums and more at 

    Not all HEPA filters are certified asthma & allergy friendly™ and not all of the asthma & allergy friendly™ certified air purifiers use HEPA filters. What I like about the program is that it is very scientifically based — the products that are tested either meet the benchmarks for being more suitable for folks with asthma or allergies … or they don't.

  • Shilo

    Hi Melissa G and community!!

    I'm doing a lot better, thank you!! I took everyone's advice and bought a HEPA filter and allergy bedding (pillowcases, comforter cover, and mattress cover). I'm dusting and vacuuming about twice a week- I vacuum and my husband does the dusting. I'm making sure I drive with my car vents closed and the AC on because I know when I'd drive by fresh cut grass my nose would know. I also switched from Xyrtec to Allegra. I had been on Allegra before and questioned its efficacy, but I switched back because I can take a second daily dose of Allegra if needed, even though I haven't needed to.

    In all, that analogy about allergy response being like a bucket that gets too full really resonated with me. Before, I didn't try and do the little things because they seemed useless with this overwhelming problem I was facing. But these changes have helped a lot, and I can see that the little things DO add up and make a huge difference. Thank you all for coaching me through it. I was very miserable and feeling hopeless, but each day has been much better since making the changes.

    Thank you!!!!! <3

    Shilo