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Allergy Medicine Commercials

I realize not everyone is allergic to animals like I am. Allergic Asthma. But these allergy medicine commercials do a disservice to all of us by misleading people. They make it seem like if a dog makes you sneeze just take a pill and guess what no more allergy!! 

How do you feel when you see, read or hear an Allergy Medicine commercial?

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  • Kathy P

    IKR!  I heard one the other night – I think it was for Flonase – about taking the nose spray if you were going to be around animals. Wish it was that simple!

  • Shea

    Omg those irritate me sooooooo much. The Claritin one about "because a stuffed animal just isnt the same as a real pet"– ugh… I have to vent to my son about what a lie that is every time we see it…  on behalf of my son and I who both have severe cat and dog dander allergies: their stupid ignorant lines could really cause us harm– they downplay allergic disease and pretend to be a cure– and our families and friends now understand less too…. It should be illegal!!!! It is NOT a cure.. It is that type of thinking, and misleading lines, that led to me suffering for half of my life, being told to medicate, my symptoms belittled, and my symptoms grew and grew until I had a heart attack from allergic eosinophils surrounding my heart, nearly killing me, disabling me, permanent damage to my heart, and diagnosis of a serious chronic allergic disease. Now I am stuck on prednisone, and my allergies are worse than ever because my immune system has been messed with so badly.

    It is THOSE type of commercials that have misled family members, patients, even swaded doctors into being afraud to say to patients to not have pets theyre allergic too because they will lose patients who are not wanting to hear it and then they are choosing to live with pets that give them asthma or worse. I cannot express my anger enough at these commercials and their lies– I have emailed their ad companies too. They should have to have bigger disclaimers, about how it is not a cure and that it is not recommended to live with pets you or your family are allergic to, it can cause serioys health problems, and it should be said out loud so 5 and 6 year olds can hear them! Because I am the disclaimer right now and I shouldnt have to be and not everyone can hear my voice, but at least my son can.

  • K8sMom2002

    I get your frustration, ladies — I totally get it. Lots of people DO think that asthma or allergies are just something you can take a pill for or you can take a shot for or you can use your inhaler. For some people, that may be true … but for others, it's definitely not.

    I wish people understood that asthma and allergies exist on a spectrum — from mild to severe. I wish more people understood that for those with severe asthma, they are doing all they can to manage their asthma, and it really IS a matter of life and death. 

    What's more, even for those with "mild" asthma, some days are worse than others and we can't predict when those days will be. 

     … Every year, we get another chance to share about how asthma and allergies affect us. We get a chance to spread awareness and teach people to better understand what we're going through.

    What are some ways you plan to reach out to friends and family during Asthma Awareness Month?

  • Pljohns

    I have a gray ribbon lapel pin that I wear all month long as well as 2 shirts I have had made (polo type shirts)-one has the gray ribbon on it(screen printed on) with the words "invisible disability" over the gray ribbon.  The other shirt has the gray ribbon and the phrase "For hope, support and advocacy, I wear a ribbon-Asthma awareness".  I'll be wearing both of them on and off during the month.  Finally, I have crafted an article and gotten permission to post it on our corp internal website outlining things that affect asthma (I can't really speak to allergies) and what people can do to help.  Part of the content of the article has a challenge-get a coffee stirring straw and try to breathe only through it and walk around.  I was trying to give people a real feeling of what it's like.  Hopefully it will help some-at least maybe it will bump the company toward a fragrance policy or at the very least fragrance awareness of the things we use in the clinics.

  • Shea

    If an allergic person wants a pet, they should get this one: 

    I didnt want my son to feel left out (nor I–when I was younger I wanted a Beagle so badly) . so I got him (OK .. US!) this robot dog– it is so funny, he says all these cute phrases (over 80) and one of them is: "hey I think I am allergic to something in here!" Lol. That made us smile and hug him because he is just like us!  He is the perfect dog for us. (The only TRULY hypo-allergenic dog– as long as you vacuum him for dust mites weekly). We named ours Ruff Ruff No-Sneeze-us. No pills, no shots, no danger to anyone. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    LOL…Shea… my sister years ago gave me a pet rock…I still have it..

    Wow I guess I struck a nerve with everyone.  I feel the commercials shouldn't be take this pill or nasal spray and you can be around what you are allergic to and that's not how it works.  My allergist once told me allergy meds can fail any time if you continue to expose yourself to allergens that are your triggers.

  • LK

    Marie,  I love your 'beaver' pet rock!!  He's very cute!  That reminds me that somewhere I have a 'chicken' pet rock which I got an an art fair, oh, so many years ago!  

    That's very interesting about the exposure to allergen triggers!

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    @Pljohns, Your idea about the coffee straw is a great one!    Such a good way to get people to understand what it means to not be able to breathe. This would be an easy activity for schools to implement too as a part of allergy/asthma awareness month.

    @Shea, I love your Ruff-Ruff-No-Sneeze-Us puppy! 

    – Brenda