Allergies Of DOOM!
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Soooo, is it just me or has this entire year absolutely SUCKED when it comes to allergies? I have never been so miserable with allergy attacks than I have been over the span of this year. <_< I know with the changing of the seasons, new allergens are cropping up (Ragweed pollen right now is off the charts) but judging by the increasing severity of my allergy attacks, I'm really starting to wonder if one of these times I'm gonna die. Like...no joke. o_O I'm only a couple steps from full out anaphylactic shock sometimes.... This morning for example, I was woken from a dead sleep at 5am by my inability to breathe my throat was so tight, I was choking, my nose was running non-stop, my eyes were practically swollen shut and stung and were watery as hell, my ears were crackling and popping and I was sneezing every 3 seconds. I immediately took an allergy pill (24 hour Allegra), and it calmed things down enough that after about an hour I could lay back down and fitfully sleep, breathing through my mouth the whole time. But hours later, the pill is fully in my system at that point, my nose, eyes and throat are STILL going crazy. I am starting to think there is something really fucked up in my room (we've had some flood damage so I have a sneaking suspicion about mold... That and construction has been happening in there so there's lots of dust too I'm sure). I noticed that upon leaving that room, going to a different room in the house the sneezing slowed then stopped and my nose calmed too...I even went outside for a bit and had no issues. But as soon as I set foot in the bedroom again, omfg, I was miserable again. Suffice to say, I'm staying out of there for now. I ended up doubling up on my antihistamines too. Although my throat is better, my nose is STILL going. I have moved myself entirely out of the room and I'm still feeling awful.

But that's just been today... I've had similar problems before. But nothing to that extreme. I have an allergy to all fresh fruit too which I've noticed has gotten progressively worse this year too. Where I used to be able to eat berries no problem at the beginning of this year, by now, I can't eat them without getting a really itchy throat (and that's even with an antihistamine in my system beforehand). I'm really considering getting in to a doctor to get an allergy testing panel done and possibly looking into an allergy shot therapy. Has anyone else had that done for them? Does anyone else have super horrid allergies like this? How do you deal? What OTC meds have you tried and found work for you? Please halp. Any input on this subject would be greatly appreciated, lol. I really don't want to die. D:
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Even though nobody's replied to this yet, I wanted to add-on/update my first post above. I don't even know if anybody cares but I wanted to share, lol.

I don't know if I told many of you, but, when I started my job on the 20th of October (yes, the one I left 'Souls/dropped Aisling for), I ended up having a severe allergic reaction due to something in the boarding facility (specifically the large dog daycare room and outside play area) my first day which actually put me in the ER the very next morning cause I was coughing so bad my throat/lungs were so irritated I couldn't breathe. My throat was closing off. They treated me for allergies and gave me a handful of scripts to help combat the reaction. Well, in the days that followed, I returned to work two more times, and only got worse and worse every time until eventually I was too sick (a mere allergic reaction had turned full-blown head and chest cold/sinus infection) to go in for work. Another doctor's appointment, and another handful of prescription meds later, I started to get things managed, but by then, I had been forced to resign from my kennel attendant/animal counselor position with that place, much to my deep, deep disappointment.

Well, eventually the crud moved into my lungs and became bronchitis/mild pneumonia, and even to this day I am STILL on meds, (including antibiotics now) and have a nasty cough, though it comes about less frequently. I am scheduled to go in for an allergy testing panel the 14th and from there on I'll be getting allergy shots based on the results of the test.

In a wonderfully weird turn of events, when I'd already thought my time at that job was done and over and it would be time to move on, I got a call from them again two days before Halloween saying that they had another position in the company open as afternoon receptionist. I jumped on the chance to try again for I absolutely LOVE that place and the people there, and being receptionist, I wouldn't be constantly in the room/around the dogs that made me so sick to begin with. I also have some prior experience as a receptionist at a boarding facility so it worked out great! ^^

Since Saturday, Nov. 1, I am currently working the front desk now in the afternoon. So far, things have been pretty good for my allergies since I returned and am more or less up in the front room not in the back with the dogs/dust etc that set me off before. However, today, I did have to enter that one room to bring a few dogs through there and into the group which was outside at the time, and I've noticed my chest/head feels a little bit more icky today... I'm gonna have to be careful how much exposure I have to that one room from now on I think. Hopefully on the 14th I will come to find exactly what it is in there that's trying to kill me and then maybe find a solution with work (as they are more than willing to work with me on things) so that I can go into large dog group and not risk allergy attacks.

Any positive vibes anybody can send my way that this job continues to work out for me and that I get some more answers with my allergy testing soon would be much appreciated! <3

Is there anybody else who's got terrible allergies? Please, do share! :) I'd like to know if anybody else has any even remotely similar experiences to mine.

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I just saw this and thought I'd put in my two cents. Both my mother and I suffer from allergies. While we have the exact same allergies, we differ in severity. My mother has asthma, horrible seasonal allergies, and a total intolerance for anything furry or feathery. In addition, she is also allergic to smoke and dust, although these are more mild. She was on allergy shots for many years and swears by them. While they didn't take her allergies away, they made things better for her. Her asthma used to be crippling, but now it is a lot more mild. She also says that all of her allergies are less severe and rarely has bad attacks (which used to occur all the time). From her stories, I believe she was on the shots for a year. That treatment was also over twenty years. The shots are likely far more powerful now and the effects certainly last a while without continued use.

My allergies are a different story. I have mild seasonal allergies that make me sneeze, but otherwise I'm not really made miserable by them. When it comes to animals, I'm only allergic to horses. I'm also asthma free. On the flip side, I am deathly allergic (not exaggerating) to smoke, tobacco, and weed (discovered through my association with people who smoke, not through personal experience). I am highly sensitive to these things, especially tobacco. Kind of like a peanut allergy, I can react to it simply by being around unlit cigarettes. What's more, when these allergies hit, it limits my ability to breath. There have been several occasions where I have stopped breathing completely. The longest time I went without breathing was three minutes. Thankfully, I have twice the lung capacity of normal people and managed to survive the incident. So suffice to say, I understand the almost dying bit.

As for this year, I agree that the seasonal allergies have been particularly bad. I'm not sure what it is, but the pollen seems to be pretty nasty.
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Uuuugh. That all sounds AWFUL! ;_; Sorry to hear you and your mom gotta suffer with that all the time. :/ Compared to how miserable my own allergies make me, I can only imagine how it must be for you. x__x

...Today is the day I have to go off of all my allergy meds until after the testing is done. Hooray for an upcoming week of allergy hell! DX I hope I can manage at work without 'em. ><

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It's not so bad. We are used to it. But good luck with the allergy testing.
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Thanks Ariel. <3

Soooo....I go in for my allergy testing panel tomorrow early in the morning... Wish me luck, heh. I hope I don't react so severely to anything that I risk death. X3 *Nervous as hell.*

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Well, it's official, I am pretty much allergic to EVERYTHING. x___X Of the 38 things they tested me for, only 1 came back negative (Desert Sage, whoop de doo... XP). I feel like a freak of nature, lol. Most of the things I am SEVERELY allergic to as well, so when I say I'm convinced I am dying when I'm having an allergy attack, I'm really not that far off... Here, have picture proof! My immune system SUUUUUUCKS. XD Doctor said I qualify for getting an epi-pen and an inhaler. I'll be starting shots probably next month.

I reacted to EVERYTHING on the scratch test on my back...


These are all the serums they injected into my arm. Blue is the most diluted serum, purple is second most diluted, orange is the control negative and yellow is the control positive. ALL my reactions were severe/moderate so I didn't get any orange or yellow allergen serums. X3


This is how my arm looked after the inhections. The first big welt is the control positive, the other one is Ragweed (aka Deathweed for me. DX). Oh and that weird spot on the top of my arm is just an old birth mark, don't worry, lol.


Aaaaand lastly, here's my test results page. ...Yep, I'm that bad. X3 (The Desert Sage is Negative, the x on severe the nurse forgot to cross out when she corrected the error below, lol).

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Wow that is a lot. Sucky immune systems suck. I just diagnosed with a fun autoimmune disorder... blech. Hey, we should sue someone for our bad immune systems and demand new ones!
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YES. I am SO down with that! Where do I sign up? XD

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01/20/15 UPDATE: Finally, after being sick since Christmas, I just went in for my first shots! They seem to have gotten the dosage right straight off the bat. :) I only had/have a bit of local area redness and itchiness, but am otherwise fine. Though, I'm told the first round usually isn't the one where you go into anaphylaxis. XD That happens at my NEXT appointment. :P But yeah, I'M NOT DEAD (this time)! Hooray! Today I was prescribed my epi-pen as well, but I'm hoping I won't ever have to use it. I'm just glad today went so well, lol. I go in again next week.

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