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#1 MorningStar

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:32 PM

I have been struggling for years with this ridiculous dust mite allergy that I don't have enough time or money to deal with. Here is a list of stuff I am supposed to do. 1. Put special covers on my mattress and pillows. They don't last very long. 2. Wash my bedding in very hot water every 3-4 days. I'm not supposed to mess with our water heater and it's not at the required temp, so I add a kettle of hot water to make sure the dust mites die. My kids ask, "What are you cooking?" "Laundry!" 3. I'm supposed to have air purifiers, especially in my room. Those take maintenance too and I have to replace filters, vacuum the HEPA filter, and have a space cleared around it for it to work right. I'm constantly having to remove things that my family has crowded around it. 4. I am supposed to have a vacuum with a HEPA filter and need to vacuum every few days, but I have to wear a mask when I do it. 5. I am supposed to wet dust often, also with a mask on. 6. I have to remove all clutter from my room. 7. I'm supposed to get rid of blinds and curtains and install pull down shades that can easily be wiped down. I rent. 8. Ideally, I would have no carpet in the house. Again, I rent. 9. I'm supposed to have leather furniture that can be wiped down. We don't have the money for leather furniture. 10. On top of all of that, I'm supposed to do sinus rinses or saline spray and take multiple medications that are hard to afford every day, and I don't see a big difference from taking them either. With all of that, if I get a cold, I almost always get a sinus infection anyway because of the inflammation from my allergy in addition to having small sinuses. The allergist said I was pretty much doomed to get a sinus infection every time I get a cold, so today I got put on antibiotics again. I know it would be expensive, but I'm strongly considering immonotherapy - weekly shots that will have to be done for a long period of time, followed by less frequent shots for 3-5 years. The effects aren't permanent, but I hear you don't react as strongly when it does wear off. Has anyone had any luck with this allergy or immunotherapy? I hear it is most successful when you have one type of allergy and I am very blessed not to have any outdoor allergies, at least none that I tested positive for. We didn't discover this allergy until I had a sinus infection I couldn't get rid of. I was on the verge of needing surgery. That I couldn't afford either and it I would quickly develop another infection. This Friday night whine brought to you while Mr. MorningStar is off in no man's land making emergency repairs. :P

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:49 AM

My little brother and I both suffer from dust mite allergies. He had immunotherapy when he was a child. I did not. I do not have carpet in my house, he does. I honestly do not dust as often as I should... oh and the clutter stuff.... yeah.... I have clutter. The thing that helps me the most is we have a hepa filter on our vaccuum and I vacuum the the curtains, our microfiber sofa (tried leather, it was the same) and we change out our a/c filter once every two - three weeks. we use filtrete a nice allergen grade air conditioner filter. I teach kindergarten and first grade music to 700 kidlets every week so I take the walmart version of "airborn" when I am not preggers because I get a sinus infection every time I get a cold too. I was also told I need my tonsils out and I have a deviated septum.... I am trying hard to avoid those surgeries. I hope your allergies get better. Mags

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:53 AM

Did the immunotherapy seem to help your brother at all? I sing, so it's pretty hard on me at times. My doctor says my sinuses never look normal. Wow, 700 kids. That's a lot! I'm sure you identify with the frustration of losing your voice, especially in that situation.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:14 AM

I had allergy shots for a few years, which I gather is a form of immunotherapy. Not for a serious allergy to dust mites, just hayfever-type allergies, but it seemed to work well for me. P.S. I sat in front of Brother Morningstar and Brother Morningstarlet at General Priesthood Meeting. I didn't even turn around and make any snarky comments during the broadcast, just shook their hands and smiled.
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#5 MorningStar

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:31 AM

My sis-in-law had shots for hayfever type allergies too. One day she had a delayed, serious reaction to it. She went to lunch and had sushi, her tongue swelled, and she had to go to the hospital. Later they tested her for reactions to the foods she ate, but they finally figured out it was because of the shots. So scary! Oh, thank you for being my proof that they really went. :P

#6 MsMagnolia

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:11 AM

The shots had mixed consequences on my brother. He is currently only using clarinex to keep his allergies under control. He just graduated college to be a veterinarian so his allergies to all things furry did get better. His dust mite allergies were his worst and he seems to be ok with those as well. He started shots at age 8 and received shots for about 7 or 8 years. The first dr. that was giving him the shots finally told my mother after about 4 years that he could no longer help my brother. His dust mite allergy went from a 4 to a 9 on shots. My mother then found a specialist that changed a few things and helped my mom realize that things in his diet were really affecting his allergies as well. No more milk or dairy products. He also changed what kind of shots he gave my brother. The test results said that shots didn't help him but my brother can actually live without an inhaler and work with animals. hope this helps, Mags

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