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Welcome to Our New May Members!

Welcome to all of you who have joined us in the last week in our Asthma and Allergic Diseases Support Community! We're so excited to have you here!

AAFA has given me lots of good support and encouragement, and I hope it can do that for you as well.

So explore the , ask questions, and share experiences.  We're here for you! If you're wondering about something, chances are, someone else is, too.

 I'm Cynthia — my daughter and I have asthma, and my daughter has eczema. AAFA's been such a great help to me in understanding our asthma better. 

Whether you're interested in discussing news like how a , share tips on managing your , or you want to take your mind off your asthma or allergies by hearing other members share "" … AAFA has something for everyone managing asthma and allergic disorders.

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Please join me in giving a hearty welcome to our newest members:

@Misty, @KJ80, @Traci', @Laura Galaida, @Deborah Davis, @Keata, @SophiaWeiss, @Polly 1964, @DaniJack, @Xavier, @mdunn84, @Daniel Asige, @Mary Smith, @aporter, @Maya, @Naresh, @Rae', and @T. Shikany

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  • Melissa G

    Welcome everyone! 

    All five of us in my family deal with asthma, we also deal with seasonal and food allergies. 

  • K8sMom2002

    To those who have joined our Asthma and Allergic Diseases Support Community, in the last week, we want you to know that wherever you are in your journey, you're not alone!

    We want to hear how things are going for you. How are your ,  or  affecting you today? Join in the conversations or .  We look forward to hearing from you!

    Please help me welcome our newest members!

    @gladiator, @Hilda Taleo, @Nanke, @attached2mykids, @Rachelleahk, @La Cindy, @Jonathan Allen, @Lynda Joan, @Alao ikedola, @Dawn Scalia, @Lisam, @holliemcdonell88, @MaiAli19, @Mary-Lou, @Spiekars, @Hollywood, @DanaSF, @Sammie0169, @Christopher Casteel, @FLGAL, @Asthmamama, @J Rose, @Cherish, @Salaminah, @Lily720, and @Tomek

  • Pljohns

    Welcome everyone!  We're so glad you found us.  You will find an amazing group here with a wide range of experiences, types of illness/issues and suggestions but most of all the most AMAZING support anywhere.  

    I'm Lynn-severe uncontrolled, adult onset non allergic asthma.  i found this forum a little over a year ago and they have given me so much support and encouragement.  I would encourage you to jump in on threads or start new ones but more than anything, just jump right in!  Welcome!!!

  • LK

    Welcome!   

    It is said so well above that I won't repeat it all!  

    I'm Lisa.  I found these wonderful forums last fall and am so grateful for all the encouragement and helpful suggestions.  My asthma is severe uncontrolled, adult onset, cough variant, allergic asthma.  Looking forward to hearing how you live with asthma and what kinds of questions and comments you have.

    Again, Welcome!

  • K8sMom2002

    We're so glad to welcome this week's new members to our Asthma and Allergic Diseases Support Community! This is May, . It's a time to share with family and friends how asthma and allergy impacts our lives. I'm so glad I am part of this group because it helps me do just that!

    What brought you here? How can we help you? You're not alone — we're here to support you!

    I'm Cynthia, and my daughter and I both have asthma. Some days it's tough, but I have this group to help me!

    Please help me welcome this week's new members:

    @carolplatt, @Summer, @Dee76, @ErinO, @Tlaniyonu, @ankita, @Shannonj1, @Jay Hendo, @Nisee, @Serawit, @Mark16093, @Dgloria, @MamaMel, @supernim143, , @JCV, @Ade, @arno, @Timothy, @jenroeder, @Lorena, @bitey, @Verdigirl, @Cedricruddjr, and @mrsartz

  • Dgloria

    Thank you! Can you imagine, on my return to work interview my manager told me not to write allergy as a reason for staying away from work! They still don't take it seriously, however one of my colleague lost her voice from one day to the next. (Temporarily, I hope)

  • Pljohns

    Welcome everyone-we are so glad to have you and hope you find this forum as beneficial for you and we all have for us.  There are wonderful people here with a variety of experiences, issues and suggestions but most of all, they are the most AMAZING support group you will ever find.  I'm Lynn-severe uncontrolled non allergic adult onset asthma-I found the forum a year ago and there is no way I can every adequately say how much help and support they have been.  Please jump right in on topics or start new ones-Welcome!

  • LK

    Welcome!   

    I may sound like a broken record (If you understand that, then you may know how old I am!    )  but I second everything said above.  Every day I am grateful for all the people on these forums who give encouragement, ideas of what has worked for them and are willing to share their experiences so I know that I am not the only one dealing with severe, uncontrolled, allergic, adult onset asthma.  Took me a while to feel comfortable posing questions and offering ideas but now I am so grateful I am a part of this amazing community.

    Looking forward to seeing what you have to say and how you are living with asthma.

    Again, welcome!!

  • jenroeder

    Thank you for the warm welcome. I have asthma and allergies and so do my kids. I look forward to learning about how others manage their own and their kids' allergies. 

  • mrsartz

    Thank you! I'm looking forward to joining in. I've been complaining to my fam dr for years now about my breathing and allergy issues and have made numerous trips to the ER. The Dr didn't do much but put me on Ventolin first then later Advair then later upped my Advair. Later on we tried adding Speriva but it did nothing so we stopped that. Then they added a nebulizer and Albuteral for at home breathing treatments then changed that to DuoNeb. The whole time I was dealing with severe allergy symptoms and they prescribed OTC Claritin then finally one year later they changed it to OTC Zyrtec. About a year after that they finally prescribed Flonase. The whole time I still wasn't able to breathe without it taking every bit of energy from me. It would take everything I had to wake up, clear my head and chest for a half hour take all my meds and go to work as an extremely busy lunch lady at the area high school. I didn't have any energy left to do anything else. Well anyways I finally told them I wanted a 2nd opinion and went to a Lung Specialist. Right away he said allergic asthma. He  prescribed Singulair and I'm waiting for a specialist to come back from vacation so I can set an appointment for an allergy skin prick test. He told me the medicine would take a couple weeks before I felt the full benefits but I can tell you that only after my 2nd dose I already feel so much relief! I almost forgot what it was like to breathe normally. I feel so much more energetic now! Haven't used the emergency inhaler except for only once at night.  Now I feel like I can actually work on losing this weight that I've put on over the past few years with my inactivity.  =)

     

    PS  This whole time they were telling me it was COPD but the specialist said it's not according to my most recent PFT.

  • Melissa G

    Hi and Welcome Jenroeder and Mrsartz! So glad that you found us! 

    Jen, you can check out our . 

    Mrsartz, wow, you have been through a lot! I hope the new specialist can help. Here is our 

  • mrsartz

    Thank you Melissa! I read My Life With Asthma and I'll be sure to ask the specialist whether he would say it's severe or not severe. To me it seems like it would be severe but then again I'm not the specialist.

  • Pljohns

    mrsartz -welcome and WOW you have really been through it!  I had to refer myself too as my PCP didn't believe in adult onset asthma and REFUSED to give me even a rescue inhaler.  I couldn't walk 10 feet without stopping because I couldn't breathe.  I referred myself to a pulmo for a pulmonary function test-the result was severe uncontrolled asthma.  From there, I referred myself to an allergist and had every allergy test they could think of-not allergic to ANYTHING so they didn't know what to do with me because they couldn't give me allergy shots or anything.  I FINALLY found a pulmo (after being hospitalized 3 times) that took me as a patient and was amazing.  Unfortunately, she is now only doing sleep medicine so I've bounced around for 2 years trying to find a pulmo I was comfortable with that could actually treat this mess. 

    Long story short-you have to advocate for yourself.  If you don't feel like you're getting all of the options you have or getting better, send yourself somewhere else and keep at it until you are  A)-comfortable with the doctor you are seeing (they LISTEN to you and you are comfortable talking to them and they are good at what they do) and B)-they are willing to work with you and try different meds/options to see what works best for YOU.  If I haven't learned one other thing, I've learned this-there isn't one thing that works for everyone and doctors that "cookie cuter mold" patients instead of working with them doesn't cut it.

    I hope you can soon get in for your testing and can get some results so you can get some relief!  Welcome to the forum! 

  • mrsartz

    Thank you PLJOHNS. I have another PFT coming up soon so the Dr can see how the Singulair is working.  I know if I can tell the huge difference then it should clearly show on the test. I can breathe normally and I woke up only one time last night instead of 3. Post nasal drip doesn't have me waking me up to clear my throat so I could breathe which has been happening for years. Thankfully I am very happy with the specialist.  He was recommended by a few people I've to talked to and I feel so comfortable talking to him. He actually listens to me and gives me answers to my questions with certainty unlike my PCP.

    As far as the allergies go…I suppose I always had them but they were tolerable when I was younger. They didn't seem to get worst until over the past 10 years or so. I was about 40 when they started getting worse…a lot of sneezing, itchy watery eyes and post nasal  drip. Then after I lost 4 extremely close family members, including my son, over 10 months 7 years ago, that's when everything seemed to start to fall apart. I moved in with my mother in Philly to help take care of her. There was probably mold and mildew in the basement even though I couldn't see it anywhere. The house was over 100 years old. She lived across from a park. I got a dog after she passed away. I already had a cat. It started with a terrible croupy cough and a hard time breathing. No fever. No chills. No aches and pains other than my chest feeling like it was going to explode. Went to the Dr and was given cough meds  and told to take tylenol. Since then I moved out to the mountains here in Central PA and that's when it took a turn for the worst. Meds…trips to the ER…more meds…trips to the ER. I finally have some relief now so we shall see where it goes from here. Hopefully I can stop taking some of these meds. At least the flonase, zyrtec and daily use of duoneb anyway.

  • Melissa G

    Oh my, I am so very sorry for all you have been through!  Do you take a daily antihistamine?

  • mrsartz

    Thanks again Melissa G. I have been through a lot but my husband and other 2 grown children were able to keep reminding me that I had family still alive an kicking and I needed to be strong for them. Gratefully I made it through. Some days are still tough but they are getting better and fewer and farther apart.

    Currently I'm taking Zyrtec daily…along with Flonase, duoneb and Advair. I also have high blood pressure that I'm taking 3 different meds at their maximum dosage once daily. Also have high pressure behind my eyes (not glaucoma thankfully) which the eye Dr says is probably from the Advair. So it would be great if I could stop using that.

  • mrsartz
    Melissa G posted:

    Yikes, I hope the doctors can help you get things under control! 

    Thanks Melissa. It certainly seems like it's heading in the right direction. The specialist prescribed Singulair and even though he said it would be 2 weeks before I felt the effects I noticed some major improvement by the 2nd dose. Now I had to pull everything out and sweep, dust and wipe down today. You should have seen the pile of hair!  With a German Shepherd, a long haired cat, a short haired cat and a guinea pig I swear it doesn't matter how often I sweep this time of year it's bad. I won't get rid of my pets or keep them outside though. Yes, I am probably torturing myself but they've been indoor pets and part of the family for too long to start that now. I took a couple of breaks so I could sneeze, blow my nose and just take a rest.  I had to use the emergency inhaler twice because it helps me cough the mucus up but I was able to breathe the whole time which is a miracle in and of itself!  =) I wanted to vacuum the area rug too but I think I've probably done myself in enough already.  I'll have time tomorrow before I head over to the fire hall and cook for BINGO.

  • Melissa G

    I feel the same way about our dog. She is just another member of the family. 

    Have you ever tried a nasal rinse? I started doing them this spring, and they have helped tremendously.

  • mrsartz

    I haven't tried it yet because I don't like water going up my nose but I hear that it really helps some people so I might give it a shot.

  • Shea

    I recommend getting allergy tests. It is a good first step to know what you are allergic to so you can start avoiding it. 

    I am not a fan of singulair because it initially worked for me for pet dander allergies but after a year I started having asthma episodes even though I never had asthma prior– I finally had a heart attack at age 26 from allergic blood cells called eosinophils surrounding my heart and choking it and was diagnosed with a serious chronic allergic disease called churg-strauss. It used to be a very rare disease but has started to increase recently and according to the pulmonologist (who saved my life by recognizing the disease and treating it with high doses of prednisone and chemotherapy medication called cytoxan) the disease is being correlated with the medication singulair– which he called "a bad drug"– although causation has not yet been proven. I just feel I have to caution people starting this medication. My primary doctors had not informed me of my extremely high eosinophilia nor had they said these asthma symptoms could be related to my pet dander allergies (which I had finally realized was a huge trigger and mived into a dander-free home which has really helped.) For me, living with pets I was allergic to was not worth my life or health. I cannot stress the importance of getting specialists (not relying on primary care alone), finding out allergic triggers, and never underestimating dander allergies–or any allergies. If I had this kniwledge I would not have a damaged heart, a chronic allergic disease that affects all my organs, and be on disability. Catching things before they become life-threatening can mean a difference in quality of life. I nearly dies and would have orphaned my now-6 year okd (then 3-month old) and I would have left him with a father that ignored allergies, who wouldnt find a home for hus pets for out health (as I was pregnant when struggling to breathe due to the dog and cats), and my son has allergies to dander as well as certain pollen and certain foods. I am happy to know our triggers and make our health a priority and have had to fight fir every inch of breathing space we now have but it is a fight that is worth it! I know not everyone's asrhma is related to allergy but a large amount are, and it can be a very difficult situation living with a pet one is allergic to– no joke! But I wouldnt make my pet live with me if it was allergic to me, I wouldnt do that to another person, and I won't do it to myself ever again! We now have 2 leopard geckos and a desert lizard called a uromastyx which we are not allergic to and are easy to care for. I now keep our home a safe sanctuary for breathing, and handle triggers as we go out, but know we have a safe breathing space to return to. I love this group because it is easy to "forget" or "ignore" or "be ignorant of" symptoms and triggers and I do so much better and feel better mentally when I know these symptoms are real, they are related to these triggers, they can be controlled by these strategies, and assisted by these medications used properly– I still have my disease and am balancing med use as I try to wean lower on long-term oral prednisone using avoudance strategies and inhaled medications. Feel free to message and post away on this forum– it is full of awesome and unique and caring individuals.

     

  • mrsartz

    I finally very recently got my fam Dr to give me a referral to a specialist and one of the very first things he told me was that it sounds like allergic asthma. I'm currently waiting for the allergist to come back from vacation so she can call me and set an appointment to have an allergy skin prick test done. I'm also going back to have another PFT test done so the specialist can see how the Singulair is working. Hopefully I don't have any of the negative side effects that I've read about. I am 100% sure that my pets are my triggers now that I am more aware since seeing the specialist. My allergies were barely noticeable when I was younger. They progressively got worse over the years and since my family Dr diagnosed me with COPD according to the PFT back then, I never connected my allergies to asthma.  As far as pets go I do have a 6 year old German Shepherd, two cats aged 14 and 6 and a 1 year old guinea pig. They have been indoor members of our family since day 1. I won't banish them outdoors…aside of the of dog laws here in PA with extreme weather which seems like it lasts all year out here. Nor will I get rid of them because of my allergies. As for me…as long as I can take medicine and have it controlled I'm willing to cope with it. Now with that said though I'll never get another guinea pig. Who knows? I could possibly even be allergic to the Timothy hay even though that has never sent me into a sneezing fit.  I will never get another long haired cat…if I ever even get another cat at all which I probably won't. =(  When we do get another indoor dog we'll do all we can to cut down the allergens. It's really the longer hair that floats and the dust in the air indoors that gets me. It always seems to find my nostrils.  =( Outdoors…it's definitely at least pollen that you can see in the air and on your cars out here. I'm pretty sure smoke is a trigger too. Those are all the things that make me have sneezing fits, itchy watery eyes, post nasal drip. I really suffer outside when it's too hot or too cold and when it's humid. Now that I'm more aware I won't try to go out for a walk on a hot humid day. I think I can exercise indoors when need be.  =)

  • mrsartz
    Shea posted:

    …prednisone…

    I was prescribed Predisone and some type of antibiotic every time I finally went to the ER because I couldn't breathe and my meds weren't working. They wanted to make sure that since I had "COPD" and was having a "COPD" exasperation I didn't end up with pneumonia. One time it was actually treated like pneumonia and they gave me Lavaquin and a tapering dosage of Prednisone. Between quitting smoking cigarettes a year ago and the 3 times I was on Prednisone since then I've managed to gain an extra 47 pounds. The breathing issues left me with no energy to do anything, much less exercise and the extreme weather conditions kept me inactive to begin with. The prednisone made me eat like a pig. My blood pressure is high and I know it wouldn't be a cure but it would help if I wasn't about 65 pounds overweight. Much more than that and I wouldn't look good. People would be asking questions even though according to my height and those old charts I should weigh 100 pounds.  I don't remember ever weighing 100 pounds even when I was 12-17 and very active playing all kind of unorganized sports with my friends in the neighborhood. I was the fastest sprinter and street roller skater in the neighborhood until a new girl moved into the area and joined in. I never once thought that I would have asthma some day. Then again I didn't start smoking cigarettes til I was 16   =/  Wish I would have never started that.

    We have a friend who's fiance suddenly died from asthma. We also had a friend some years ago who had went to the hospital with an asthma attack and flat-lined twice.Now that a specialist mentioned allergic asthma I've been taking it a lot more seriously than I have before. I knew it had to be something different than COPD and that's why I finally told my PCP that I wanted a 2nd opinion. That must have been the magic words because she immediately said ok. When I tried to tell them before "I want to see a specialist." they just said "Well we can help you from here." Let's up this or change that or add this and I just followed Dr's orders. I finally took my husband's advice and pushed it but I think saying those magic words is what did it. 

    Now to work on trying to control my allergies and asthma and rebuild good strong relationships with my husband, grown kids and grandkids. We all deserve that. =)

     

  • Melissa G

    Having a chronic illness definitely effects relationships.Check out  this blog post: 

  • mrsartz
    Melissa G posted:

    Having a chronic illness definitely effects relationships.Check out  this blog post: 

    Thank you for the link Melissa. After reading over all that I can definitely say that this has effected almost every single part of my life. My emotions, my relationships, my activity level and my mental health. I've dealt with all those emotions and now since taking  Singulair I already feel much better mentally especially since I can breathe. As ridiculous as I sounded to myself sometimes cleaning was a task in and of itself. If I managed to drop the broom I'd get irritated because then I'd have to use more energy, while having a hard time breathing and sweating and felling like my blood pressure was getting higher and higher, just to bend over and pick it up.

    Am I crazy?  lol… Well I will write down some notes and definitely take them with me next time I see the specialist. Between this report and what I saw what SHEA is going through I especially want to ask him about eosinophils.

  • Shea

    Yes MrsArtz, eosinophils is a great thing to keep an eye on and question the doctors about! And prednisone is a big pain and a big lifesaver at the same time!

    I am hoping you can keep things under control with medications. Many people take singulair and do not end up getting CSS (my disease) but its good to be aware of and luke you said, keep an eye on eosinophils. I know after many years of severe dander allergies that people are very attached to their pets. And I definitely get that it is a last resort thing to re-home a pet. It took me a heart attack lol so I cannot judge anyone else really for it– I just feel like I have a duty to warn because I was kinda blind-sighted and looking back I have regret for putting myself through that torture so long– so Shea A.D. sorta flipped that switch and now I am like very: " I am more important than a pet" but I understand that not everyone is with that opinion nor necessarily needs to be rom where they are at. Mostly it is just to be educated and have good doctors and then everyone will make their own decisions. 

  • mrsartz

    SHEA I honestly don't knock others for doing what they have to do with their pets that's just how I feel for myself. I do appreciate the input though. Knowledge is power and the more who understand the better off everyone will be. I offered to put my pets in another room for friends who have allergies but they said it didn't matter because it was in the air no matter what. Some had pets themselves and some just were able to keep their allergies under control while a couple did indeed regretfully re-home their pets.

    I tried to argue with the ER drs that I didn't want the prednisone but they just kept telling me that my body wants to breathe and this is the medicine to help me do just that. It definitely worked. Made me feel like I could conquer the world as long as I could wake up from a sound sleep at 3 am and down a Dagwood.  =/

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, and welcome, Mrsartz! You have definitely been through a lot! Each person's journey is unique and different, and everyone has different comfort zones. 

    AAFA has some recommendations for . 

    One other thing: have you had allergy tests to determine what exactly you are allergic to? Some people aren't allergic to dander, so their allergic asthma is triggered by something else.

    It sounds like two possible allergies you would need to check with your doctor about are dander and mold?

    For your cleaning and vacuuming, have you checked out 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 

    Shea has been a great teacher and role model, helping me figure out how to reduce our dander as we move around in the world. She has shown me the importance of de-furring myself before we head out of our house (we have an indoor dog and kitties).

    She and Lynn and Lisa have been so great at sharing their strategies for speaking up about their health!

  • mrsartz

    Thank  you k8smom. I definitely appreciate the info and I read over it. I do use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and I was just talking to my husband about buying an air cleaner. Honeywell is expensive but a good one indeed. If anyone has a comparable suggestion please don't hesitate to let me know.  I know it would help if I dusted and vacuumed every day. Now that I have the energy I can stay on top of it. If I want to insist on having indoor pets then I need to understand that I must do what I can to keep the allergens down.

    I just got off the phone with the allergist office and I have an appointment for an allergy skin prick test coming up in 3 weeks which is about a week after my next PFT to see how the Singulair is working.

    I should definitely have them check for pet dander, dust mites, mold and pollen allergies at least. I notice those are the things that send me into a sneezing fit and my eyes start to itch and water and they get red and puffy sometimes.My face starts to itch and the mucus and coughing to bring it up starts. Then I'll feel the pressure build up in my head. I wouldn't doubt if clogged stuffy ears from allergies has contributed to my hearing loss. I use hearing aids in both ears.

    Just called the allergist office to find out what they'll be testing me for. 48 allergens including weeds, trees, grasses, mold, pet dander and dust mites. I heard that people who are allergic to dogs are usually also allergic cats but I'm not sure how true that is.

  • Pljohns

    I don't know-my DH is TERRIBLY allergic to cats (eyes swell shut) but not allergic to dogs at all.  His allergy tests showed he was clear to live with them-just not cats!

  • K8sMom2002

    Mrsartz, it's good that you're noticing what bothers you. A symptom diary — where you jot down your symptoms, the weather, what you are doing, and where you are — can really help solve mysteries!

    And like Lynn says, allergies are unique to each person. It's good to ask your doctor what you should be tested for and what that testing means.

    So glad you found us!

  • mrsartz
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Mrsartz, it's good that you're noticing what bothers you. A symptom diary — where you jot down your symptoms, the weather, what you are doing, and where you are — can really help solve mysteries!

    And like Lynn says, allergies are unique to each person. It's good to ask your doctor what you should be tested for and what that testing means.

    So glad you found us!

    Hopefully I don't get lost trying to go back and reply to a bunch of posts.  =)

    I do have a few books around here that I could use as a diary. That's a great idea. Thank you. I really am glad I found you guys!

    Guess what was included with the meds I picked up today…a print out telling me about Fasenra for eosinophils.

  • LK
    mrsartz posted:

    Hopefully I don't get lost trying to go back and reply to a bunch of posts.  =)

     

    MrsArtz,  Don't worry if you do!  I'm pretty sure we all have at one time or another!  Glad you are here!  

  • mrsartz
    Pljohns posted:

    I don't know-my DH is TERRIBLY allergic to cats (eyes swell shut) but not allergic to dogs at all.  His allergy tests showed he was clear to live with them-just not cats!

    Well I guess it's NOT true then.  I know this. I got my first dog when I was 14. My allergies started then but I never really connected it to my dog. I ended up having a severe headache for 6 days and went to my family doctor. I told him how long the headache was going on for and that my face really hurt any time I leaned over. He then proceeded to tap my cheek and I must have jumped 2 feet off the chair. He told me it was a sinus infection. That's when I became a little more aware of my allergies.

    Looking back though…I can go back to first grade when the teacher would hand out chocolate chip cookies and milk for a snack. I would end up vomiting right there in the classroom and would end up sick as a dog. My mother went to the teacher a few times that year to get all my school and homework for the week. I don't know what I was obviously allergic too because I don't have problems with milk or chocolate chip cookies!  Unless I grew out of whatever it was. My daughter is lactose intolerant so who knows. It could have been the milk and I was luckily enough to grow out of it…???

  • Marie E Natzke

    Welcome everyone…

    I'm Marie…I have allergic asthma…My trigger is coming in contact with animals. When I had my allergy tests done (both times) I reacted more to cats than dogs in the first set of tests but the second set of tests I reacted really bad to dogs. I'm also allergic to feathers dust mites molds pollen. Sometimes it feels like your allergic to yourself..I have noticed since I'm getting close to a year of not having  periods my allergies seem to be calming down. When I get my allergy shots now I've been tolerating them better than I was before. Way to go menopause!!!🎆🎇

  • Melissa G

    Marie, I definitely have a love/hate relationship with my hormones… Some things they have helped others well they have wreaked havoc on….

  • Melissa G

    @jenroeder How are you doing? How was your summer? Is anyone in your family having any allergy/asthma issues with the weather changes?

  • jenroeder

    @Melissa G Thanks for checking on us! Our pulmonologist took both of my girls (ages 2 and 4) off of Flovent this summer. They have done really well and I hope they continue to do so this fall. 

    We are all getting over the first fall cold. While it included a cough and lots of congestion, we made it through without any wheezing. 

    This will be our first fall in Maryland since we moved back from Georgia. I'm nervous as we approach October. My youngest, Clara, has spent a week in the hospital the last two Octobers with RSV (at ages 4 months and 16 months). I've already seen one friend in Georgia battling RSV with their infant in the last week. RSV is no joke.

    How are you and your family?

  • Melissa G

    Jen, that is wonderful that even though they had colds they didn't have any wheezing! Yay!

    That is a big change from Georgia to Maryland! We are in MD too! 

    I agree RSV is no joke!! I hope you all are able to avoid it this year!

    We are doing well, thanks for asking!