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So thought I would let you know my breathing is better now with my inhaler and still using when needed but feel like crap with all my allergies the rest of the time. …. Just saw it been while so thought I would say hello and my name is John and I have been dealing with a great deal since I joined this group months ago 

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  • Kathy P

    Hey John – glad you stopped by! That's great that your breathing is better now with the inhaler. Is that a quick-relief inhaler or preventative medicine inhaler? One you take when you feel your asthma is an issue or one you take every day to try to prevent issues?

    Allergies are really bad for a lot of people this year – myself included! I'm struggling with grasses yet and bracing for the weeds to start! What are you allergic to? Do you have a season that is not as bad?

  • JohnB

    Oh were to start Spinich, Grass both St Timothy and St Augustine, Trees, Birds, Cats, Dogs, Mold, Mildew, Hay Fever Scarlet Fever Pollen… Inhaler is Ventolin take as needed 

  • Kathy P

    Sounds like your allergies are probably bad year round. Do you take medicines to control them? Or allergy shots?

  • JohnB

    nothing works like Chlor-Trimton but thats no longer being made, the others just dont work for me 

  • Kathy P

    Have you tried any of the nasal sprays like Flonase? Those are meant to stop the reaction before it starts.

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, @JohnB and welcome!  Bummer on your allergies! 

    I second Kathy P's suggestion about Flonase or some other preventive spray. There are also other nasal sprays that work differently than Flonase that your doctor might suggest as well. 

    I understand how some antihistamines work better for people than others — everyone is unique.

    I did a quick Google search, and it looks like your favorite antihistamine Chlor-Trimeton (or at least medications with its active ingredient ) is available at some pharmacies and at Wal-Mart. Have you talked to your doctor and your pharmacist about seeing if this medication is still available where you are and if it's still right for you?

    In the meantime, could you try a saline spray? My DD, who can't take Flonase, uses saline sprays to help rinse away pollen and relieve some of her symptoms. 

  • JohnB

    I use to use Ocean Nasal Spray it help but I would have to use it everyday to help me breath a bit after a while it didnt help 

  • JohnB

    I did until 1994 when I moved from West Virginia to Texas and my allergies dry up making it not need anymore and now that im louisiana I need them 

  • K8sMom2002

    Ugh on allergies that re-surface after years of staying in check. Something in your current environment must not agree with you! 

    Have you checked  to see what's blooming in your area? You can search by zip code. 

  • JohnB

    I have to be careful of what I use so it doesnt interact with my medicine now… There are some things that dont like Epileptic Meds and also have High Blood Pressure and Depression and Psyrisis 

  • K8sMom2002

    Excellent point! Are you seeing an allergist? A board-certified allergist can help you figure out a good plan that will help your allergies and your asthma. 

    Here's an AAFA video of .

  • K8sMom2002

    Great! I hope an allergist can help. It seems like a natural next step, especially since you have so many other health conditions to manage. 

  • JohnB

    Indeed it is …. I grew up in West Virginia with 5 chemicals plants not far from my house and the amount of chemicals in the air made it so bad for me that by the time My Dad Retire from Union Carbide in the 90s we went to texas but I need drier climate for them 

  • K8sMom2002

    So it sounds like Louisiana is more humid? 

    Has your recent allergy flare been sudden? Like maybe the weather kicked it off? I didn't realize how rain could affect allergies until I read a recent .

  • kcorn
    JohnB posted:

    nothing works like Chlor-Trimton but thats no longer being made, the others just dont work for me 

    Hi JohnB, I just joined and Clortrimeton is the only thing that works for my allergy too. I also have had problems getting it but lately I find the 12 mg (only one that works for any length of time) at CVS pharmacy. 

  • Kathy P

    Welcome kcorn! Glad you've joined us. 

    What are you allergic to? Glad you've found somewhere that carries the antihistamine that works for you. 

  • green881

    I have tried many of the anti histamines over the years both prescription and OTC and I still find Chlortrimeton (chlorpheniramine) the strongest.  I don't think you can find brand name any more you have to search by generic name.  I have no problem buying bottles of $500 tables online for $10 or so (of the 4 hr, 4 mg). The yellow tablets.  You need to have those, because the 12 hr 12mg don't work as fast but are good for overnight.  I agree not as easy to find in the store any more, maybe Walgreens.

    For that reason you will find it as an ingredient in most cold medications.

     

  • Melanie Carver

    Hello @JohnB, @kcorn and @green881 - thanks for sharing!

    It is a great reminder that fall allergy season is going to be starting (or has started in some areas).  If you can find a good allergy prevention medicine, it will help with asthma that is triggered by allergies. 

    John, for your asthma – the quick relief medicines (like Ventolin) are helpful (and lifesaving!), but if you are needing them more than twice a week, it means your asthma is not under control. There are asthma "controller" medicines that work by preventing airway inflammation. These are medicines that you take every day to prevent asthma.  I hope you are able to find an allergist who can work with you to create a treatment plan that gets you feeling better soon.

  • Jen

    John – Welcome to posting.  I think an allergist  consult would be a good idea.  Are there allergy offices near you?

    Hi kcorn – Welcome.

  • JohnB

    I would have to ask my primary Care Doctor to do a referral so I could go and see someone 

    Just like he did for my Dermatologist and Gastroentenologist or GI guy for short 

     

  • JohnB

    Saw him last month and forgot to ask about that as he had written a script for my migraines but the Pharmacy never got it 

  • K8sMom2002

    @JohnB, did you ever get your meds straightened out? And could you call the doctor's office for a referral to an allergist?

  • JohnB

    no for some reason that script for Topamax hasnt been filled yet thinking it might be Amerihealth which is now apart of Blue Cross Blue Shield now …. It Sucks I get a script for Migraine Meds and they dont fill it 

  • K8sMom2002

    Ugh … have you called your doctor and insurance company to see if they can tell you what the hold up is?

  • JohnB

    The Pharmacist resent for the script from my Nurse Practioner who supposedly recent it over and they couldnt find out anything on it …. Will talk to him when he sees my wife in 2 wks 

     

  • JohnB

    Trust me I have had this happen several other times for meds for my psorisis and my insurance refused to pay for it … So Kind of getting use to it now

  • Jen

    That's really frustrating.  I'm dealing with something similar today for one of ds's meds.  His doctor supposedly sent the escrip on Tues (we were there for an appointment).  I checked with the pharmacy today and they don't have the rx.  I emailed the doctor and her nurse to see what's going on.  What likely happened for us is that the escrip got bounced back to the doctor, but they weren't notified.  That's happened in the past.  Still…no reply yet from the doctor.  

    Hang in there!!

  • JohnB

    Thanks Jen but my appointment was in Aug on the 9th and its now Sept 14th so its totally more then just that …. Somethings wrong and they arent telling me 

  • Jen

    That's really frustrating, John.  Can you keep calling people til you find out what's going on? 

  • JohnB

    Why if they knew they both have my phone number and could tell me over the phone 

  • Jen

    It may not be a priority for them.  Sometimes I find you have to call doctors/insurance companies multiple times to get things done.  Frustrating and it shouldn't have to be that way, but the squeaky wheel does get the grease sometimes.

  • K8sMom2002

    How absolutely frustrating! What's left to try? Sending positive your way so that you can get the meds you need.

  • JohnB

    Topamax never got and as for allergy meds nothing right at the moment dealing with the prospect of Oral surgery to remove all my dead roots and waiting to hear from 2 places 

  • Jen

    Yikes on the oral surgery.  How soon will you need to have that done?

  • K8sMom2002

    Ugh on the oral surgery … definitely let them know about your asthma. It can help them make a good plan for anesthesia.