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Ridiculous allergies today .

Freaking ridiculous allergies in NY today and I’m barely breathing.

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  • Shea

    Oh no!!!     Are you going to go to the doctor? 

    I woke up crummy in Florida… Again. But not as bad as yesterday. Yesterday I spent a lot of the day cleaning/vacuuming inside. I am going to get a new ac filter today and wash the bedding. 

    I already am on lots of meds (including daily prednisone) and inhalers (flovent and albuterol) as well as benadryl at night– so making my home air as allergy-free as possible and avoiding being outside for long periods during high allergy times is one of my main "things". 

  • LK

    BenR,  If you are not doing well, please call or go see your doctor and let us know how you are doing!  Hope you feel better soon!!

  • Kathy P

    Pollen is really high in many areas. We had a sudden heat wave here in CA and things went crazy!

    Hope the Xolair does the trick. I got my allergy shots yesterday and have my fingers crossed! I was coughing, so the nurses had to get permission from the allergist to give me the shots. 

  • LK

    Are you going to your allergist this morning or tomorrow morning?  If it's not until tomorrow, you could call this morning since you are having such a tough time breathing.  If I remember correctly, you are also doing the peak flow tests for two weeks?  Since it seems you may have asthma as well as allergies it would be smart to contact your doctor this morning.  Sorry to be so persistent, but Breathing is GOOD!  

  • LK

    Kathy,  Hope you are feeling better very soon!  Our DD lives near your area and she has been having allergy problems, too.  She needs to find a doctor to go to but you know young folks don't think they are ever that sick.  

  • BenR

    Tomorrow morning, but I’m in touch with my doctor.

    I’m okay for moment . If it gets worse I’ll go .   I just took some pills and inhaler . In May I’m doing a pft test in a giant box since my pft test was abnormal . I have allergic asthma and Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia.

  • Kathy P

    Oh I hear that struggle Lisa! My daughter is in Philly and was complaining about how bad her allergies were. "Are you taking your meds?" "Well no…." Then don't complain to me because you know the drill!

  • K8sMom2002

    BenR, pollen season can be so challenging! Glad you're in touch with the doc and following your plan … but I hear you on it being so frustrating. 

    Does your schedule — work, life, the whole bit — lend itself to being flexible? Could you plan ahead and use sites like  and the EPA's site to predict when pollen and air quality is going to be particularly high during the week ahead?

    I see from the pollen.com site that 42% of the country is in medium-high status today — and New York looks particularly challenging!

  • BenR

    I used those websites . I work for government so sometimes hard to get away but I have fmla so that helps if I need to take off . I always check before hand what pollen looks like so I can plan accordingly. Though my allergies are year round.

  • LK
    Melissa G posted:

    I hope you feel better soon Ben! Good luck at your appt tomorrow! 

    Same here Ben!   

  • BenR

    Appointment went well. My allergies were crazy this morning and last night . Rain made it worse . Doctor gave me xolair shot .  She said a pollen and allergen bomb fell on NY a couple days ago . Lol she also  ordered me dymista since I ran out and now I’m having a problem getting it from the pharmacy and the mail order pharmacy. My insurance requirements are that you use mail order after three prescriptions at normal pharmacy. The mail order pharmacy is never reliable on Delivery. Besides my allergies I need it for my trip to Mexico for my brothers wedding .

  • BenR

    You would think the rain would solve the allergy problem but nope makes it worse . Even my dog has allergy’s .

  • Deborah Bartlett
    BenR posted:

    You would think the rain would solve the allergy problem but nope makes it worse . Even my dog has allergy’s .

    Oh my! 

    The rain makes my allergies worse. It also makes my chest tight and it is harder to breathe due to my severe asthma and COPD. Staying indoors in weather such as this is smart. It has been pouring all day and all night so far. Terrible thunder boomers with lightning. ⚡☁☔

  • Melissa G

    Your dog is adorable! This allergy season has been horrible. It is hard to get relief with all the pollen that is out. 

    Oohh, have a great time in Mexico! Congrats to your brother! 

  • BenR

    Thank you our dog Louis fits in . We all have allergies. My wife , me and my dog . I’m looking forward to the wedding in Mexico, just wished the trip was longer and the commute shorter .

  • Kathy P

    The rain for me is only temporary relief. It washes the pollen and particulates out of the air, but it sets off mold growth. It's always something!

    Your dog is a cutie. I know several people who have dogs or cats with food and nasal allergies. 

    I love Mexico. We usually go places in Baja. Do you need any travel tips for managing the allergies?

  • BenR

    @KathyP  Thank you for travel tips . We are flying to Cancun on Friday morning, driving two hours to ferry, golf cart to hotel. Wedding is on Holbox island . We are leaving Sunday night back to NY . My wife’s a teacher and couldn’t take the days off. Our dog Louis has seasonal allergies and also is allergic to ostrich. His allergies were so bad that his eyes turned red and apoquel wasn’t working he had to get cytopoint shots which is similar to  xolair .  We are urgent care  now my wife had these strange spots . They think she had an allergic reaction to but bites .

  • K8sMom2002

    Ben, how's your wife doing? I hope better! Do they know what sort of bug it might be? AAFA has a resource on managing  … lots of different types of reactions. 

    Your trip to Mexico sounds exciting! Was it this past weekend or the coming up weekend?

  • BenR

    Thanks for asking . She’s doing much better . Don’t know what kind of bug it is . Mexico is this coming weekend .

  • BenR

    I just wish the Mexico trip was longer . 655 am flight from JFK to Cancun . From Cancun a two hour drive , to a 30-40 min ferry. Then a golf cart picks us up and brings us to hotel . Also if the shuttle that picks us up has other passengers we have to wait for them to come . So cross your fingers there’s no one . Then we have to leave on Sunday 5 hours early from the hotel to make a 6 o’clock flight . Since we have to deal with the ferry , golf cart and two hour drive and being at the airport 3 hours early for this flight . I’m hoping there’s no purple flowers  in Mexico that I’m severely allergic to that was in Spain .

  • Melissa G

    That is going to be one hectic trip! 

    Do you have a mask you can wear to avoid your triggers?

  • LK

    I don't know, if it will keep you breathing . . .  I wear a mask anywhere.  Hope you have a good trip!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Ben, good luck! That does sound hectic — will the wedding be an outdoors wedding? I'm kind of guessing it is?

    Could you talk to your asthma doc about any sort of pre-treatment plans for being outdoors?

  • BenR

    Yeah it’s outdoor bonfire first night . Actually wedding not sure . My brothers kind of flaky.  My immunologist already has me preparing by taking two types of antibiotics and typhoid shot .

  • Shea

    Yikes! (I cant be near bonfires without it causing an attack so it always puts a red flag in me…)

    Once I only had inhalers which werent stopping the atrack they seemed useless– it was a bad attack– almost went to the ER but I asked my dad to drive me home because I lived closer then and my nebulizer was there– I used my nebulizer double treatment and was able to avoid the ER. It was scary though. Now I bring a portable neb with me and stay away from bonfires and smoke. 

  • LK

    I'm with you, Shea, I now avoid fires and anything that smokes.  Wasn't always that "asthma smart" but I have learned a lot from all of you dear folks!  Avoid triggers!!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Right Lisa!!! Avoid triggers. Be proactive. Fires and smoke are big triggers for me. No thank you. I bet fireworks would be bad for me too. That sulfur smell. No more. 🎆X

  • Shea

    Oh yes, that's a tiny thing, and with the beach breeze, I think even I could handle that. 

    My mom had a small backyard fire pit at her birthday last week but it was kinda in this back corner and she used low-smoke dura-logs, and I didnt go sit by it or anything, but ws able to be on the lanai with no problem. (When I here bonfire I think big ones like my friends had back in high school– bunch of pyros– which was before I had asthma and itd make me cough).  

  • BenR

    Thank you . Wedding was good though exhausted from the trip . Since it was only one full day and two days of travel . Plus I had to do the pft on Monday.

  • MizWheezie

    It's May 8th, and the Tree Pollen is still high here – We've been getting a bit of rain, but as others have said, it doesn't really help people like us – It actually contributes to the mold, and my chest gets tight(er) whenever it rains - 

    Hang in there, Peeps – I'm thinking of you all, and hope you're "surviving" the onslaught of Spring. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I think I now realize why I had several episodes of shortness of breath yesterday and last night. Twas the highest pollen count on record. That explains it. Pollen covering everything. Wind. Rain. Buds flying all over… No wonder!