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.