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Old 04-04-2019, 05:29 PM
 
Location: .N6 A4
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Also, have you ever tried any kind of diets (like anti-inflammatory)?
I tried going back to being vegetarian for about half a year (I was a vegan for eleven years, way back when), without any sign of improvement. I also tried an eliminating diet. I dabbled with anti-inflammatory approaches, but not consistently.

I don't have the ****ing energy prepare real meals for myself.

Fatigue is my primary symptom (whether from allergies, vasomotor rhinitis, or something not yet diagnosed--but it certainly seems to respond to the first two), at this point. It has been at least one of my primary symptoms all along, but now it's definitely the main one. So lots of stuff doesn't get done, including things that might benefit my health. Lots of obvious stuff doesn't get done: cooking/meal preparation, exercising (even stretching), cleaning my apartment, etc.
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Old 04-04-2019, 05:41 PM
 
Location: .N6 A4
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I have, although I wish they kept data for over 6 months.... I do feel like all allergies would be substantially better near the ocean (say, within .5 miles), as the ocean breeze should keep things relatively fresh.
I tend to agree that living very close to the coast probably would help, at least with some aspects of the problem.

I don't have that kind of money anyway, and don't see any way to make that kind of money, under the circumstances.

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As far as the mold in FL, it is there, although almost always at low concentrations. Again, if that's impacted by the coast, I'm not entirely sure, but it's worth investigating.
I don't agree. The readings I was seeing for Tampa were pretty high for a good chunk of the year. I just recorded that one specific date as an example, but the mold levels were high on many other days I checked.

Try following the Tampa and Miami mold levels here over the course of the year, if you're really interested:

https://www.aaaai.org/global/nab-pol...tlantic-region

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Is there any way to measure 'storm systems' objectively? Like, can you draw data for variability in weather as it pertains to storm systems? Clearly we have barometric pressure readings, but I don't know what to do for storms, etc, as I'm trying to track all of these things in conjunction with how I feel and sleep.
I haven't looked for really specific data. I am content to look at average number of rainy days, which can be found in various places like city-data or some of its unmentionable competitors.

I follow local storm information from various weather websites. There are lots of sites that present weather maps of various sorts. But if you are looking for quantitative data of some sort, I'm not sure where that would be found (beyond basic things like average number of rainy days, average inches of rain, etc.).
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Old 04-06-2019, 08:16 AM
 
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I tend to agree that living very close to the coast probably would help, at least with some aspects of the problem.

I don't have that kind of money anyway, and don't see any way to make that kind of money, under the circumstances.



I don't agree. The readings I was seeing for Tampa were pretty high for a good chunk of the year. I just recorded that one specific date as an example, but the mold levels were high on many other days I checked.

Try following the Tampa and Miami mold levels here over the course of the year, if you're really interested:

https://www.aaaai.org/global/nab-pol...tlantic-region



I haven't looked for really specific data. I am content to look at average number of rainy days, which can be found in various places like city-data or some of its unmentionable competitors.

I follow local storm information from various weather websites. There are lots of sites that present weather maps of various sorts. But if you are looking for quantitative data of some sort, I'm not sure where that would be found (beyond basic things like average number of rainy days, average inches of rain, etc.).
Tampa seems generally low for mold all year round. Yes, you don't get a break, and oak can be bad, but it's still low. When it's high, I suffer big time. Plus, if you lived right on the coast, I'd have to think the allergies would be generally better.

I'm curious - you tested positive for a mold allergy, then did shots / drops? I'm guessing the 'allergy' isn't the issue in that case, but either the weather patterns around the times when mold is high, or the mold itself is triggering something inflammatory outside of a true, allergic response.

Have you ever tried a prednisone shot / tablets for temporary relief? If so, did it work?
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Old 04-06-2019, 11:19 AM
 
Location: .N6 A4
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Tampa seems generally low for mold all year round. Yes, you don't get a break, and oak can be bad, but it's still low. When it's high, I suffer big time. Plus, if you lived right on the coast, I'd have to think the allergies would be generally better.
You've spent time there? The mold counts are too high for too much of the year, from what I've observed. I would not be willing to chance it.

You are free to do what you decide and I'll do what I decide. I'm not moving to Florida (or anywhere else, most likely), and I do think mold would be a problem. There's plenty of anecdotal evidence to that effect, in addition to the mold counts.

I feel like you want me to go along with whatever you are deciding. You are free to do whatever makes sense to you! But I'm not necessarily going to do the same things.

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I'm curious - you tested positive for a mold allergy, then did shots / drops? I'm guessing the 'allergy' isn't the issue in that case, but either the weather patterns around the times when mold is high, or the mold itself is triggering something inflammatory outside of a true, allergic response.
I was tested for allergies when I was about five years old, and have been getting allergy injections most of the time since then. There was a brief period when my original allergist recommended that I try getting off shots, but then my symptoms got worse, so I got back on them. Then there was another period of two or three years when I was getting a master's degree and didn't have health insurance, and then was just starting to work full-time again (without qualifying yet for health insurance through my job). The symptoms intensified once again, while I was off shots.

I have had mold allergies for as long as remember.

What happened is that, while I was already receiving allergy injections, including mold extract, my mold allergy became worse. I was 36 when that started to be noticeable, but the downturn didn't become extreme until I was 37.

The idea that shots automatically work and that symptoms move in a straight line is unrealistic. Allergies simply aren't that predictable.

I don't understand on what basis you've decided my mold allergy problem isn't really an allergy problem. Very odd. When I was living in Philadelphia, it was easy to observe how specific symptoms were connected to the mold level. I generally always knew when mold was at the Extreme level. I could just feel it. At the Extreme level, it tended to come with emotional issues as well as physical symptoms. I am quite sure I have a mold allergy, and don't welcome your expert opinion telling me otherwise.

This whole discussion has started to turn into a weird interrogation.

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Have you ever tried a prednisone shot / tablets for temporary relief? If so, did it work?
Prednisone hasn't generally done much for me for allergy symptoms.

I think the ultimate solution for me is going to be suicide, eventually. Okay? My life is **** and I just wish I had never been born. I wish I could reach agreement within myself to end my life.

I don't think I want to answer any more questions about this. I have probably gone into these details already on earlier threads.
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Old 04-10-2019, 06:59 PM
 
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You've spent time there? The mold counts are too high for too much of the year, from what I've observed. I would not be willing to chance it.

You are free to do what you decide and I'll do what I decide. I'm not moving to Florida (or anywhere else, most likely), and I do think mold would be a problem. There's plenty of anecdotal evidence to that effect, in addition to the mold counts.

I feel like you want me to go along with whatever you are deciding. You are free to do whatever makes sense to you! But I'm not necessarily going to do the same things.



I was tested for allergies when I was about five years old, and have been getting allergy injections most of the time since then. There was a brief period when my original allergist recommended that I try getting off shots, but then my symptoms got worse, so I got back on them. Then there was another period of two or three years when I was getting a master's degree and didn't have health insurance, and then was just starting to work full-time again (without qualifying yet for health insurance through my job). The symptoms intensified once again, while I was off shots.

I have had mold allergies for as long as remember.

What happened is that, while I was already receiving allergy injections, including mold extract, my mold allergy became worse. I was 36 when that started to be noticeable, but the downturn didn't become extreme until I was 37.

The idea that shots automatically work and that symptoms move in a straight line is unrealistic. Allergies simply aren't that predictable.

I don't understand on what basis you've decided my mold allergy problem isn't really an allergy problem. Very odd. When I was living in Philadelphia, it was easy to observe how specific symptoms were connected to the mold level. I generally always knew when mold was at the Extreme level. I could just feel it. At the Extreme level, it tended to come with emotional issues as well as physical symptoms. I am quite sure I have a mold allergy, and don't welcome your expert opinion telling me otherwise.

This whole discussion has started to turn into a weird interrogation.



Prednisone hasn't generally done much for me for allergy symptoms.

I think the ultimate solution for me is going to be suicide, eventually. Okay? My life is **** and I just wish I had never been born. I wish I could reach agreement within myself to end my life.

I don't think I want to answer any more questions about this. I have probably gone into these details already on earlier threads.
Sorry, man. I didn't mean for this to come off as an interrogation - I'm simply trying to connect dots between symptoms to understand what may be going on with myself, and how that could, possibly, relate to your symptoms and story.

I'm going to try an anti-inflammatory diet for some time, being as prednisone seems to positively affect everything. It certainly can't hurt.

If you're so down that you are thinking about suicide, please reach out to someone. That's never the solution.
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:23 AM
 
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I have just cured my Chronic Rhinitis (and with it, my Post Nasal Drip)!
My morning routine for the last 20 years has been getting up and having to blow my nose on paper handkerchiefs from ten to a hundred times during the next couple of hours – misery! And the cure has been simple and immediate.
I discovered the cure by mistake – I mentioned to my daughter that the sort of eczema that I had had in my ears for years, and which she also had, continued to bother me. “I’ve fixed mine” she said and told me that she had used Antibio-Synalar drops, a French medicine made by Jolly Jatel laboratories in France (we live in France). However, you can google the composition - I am sure there must be equivalents world-wide.
So, purely to try and cure my eczema, I started using the drops in my ears. The result was immediate – the following days saw my nose stop running entirely, the rather crusty nose mucus disappear, and the eczema finish.
My own theory is that rhinitis must be caused by a bacteria (maybe something like staphylococcus aureus? after all, they say that 70% of us carry nasal staph) that hides in the Eustachian tubes, but I am not a doctor, much less an ENT specialist.
I should add that I have only just finished the treatment, so it’s possible that it could come back, but everything is looking very positive at the moment, and I am convinced that the solution to rhinitis is through the ears. So give it a try, and good luck!

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Old 05-03-2019, 05:17 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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. (we live in France).
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You don't all happen to have real tall, pointy heads, talk in a staccato manner and consume beer in mass quantities, do you?




Synalar is a steroid. It should work well (but in ONE day?) on your eczema. It is not well absorbed thru the skin, so probably had no direct effect on your sinuses.. Even if absorbed, blood flow there wouldn't take it to your sinuses.


Steroids can make infections worse.


It may have worked for you, but your explanation is wrong. Can we exclude coincidence?
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:17 PM
 
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My apologies for not being clearer - no, the eczema did not clear up immediately. What did happen, the day after I first used the drops, was that my rhinitis simply stopped - I must have blown my nose two or three times only on that day; and it's been like that every day since then. Since the composition of the medicine combines "fluocinolone, neomycine and polymyxine B", I assumed that the antibiotics were the reason for the improvement. Since this is the first time this has happened in 20 years, I think it's a massive coincidence... Perhaps somebody else could give it a try? I don't mind being shot down in flames for a bum explanation, but maybe this could help someone.
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Old 05-06-2019, 02:39 PM
 
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I do all this when my allergies act and before it gets bad - on stop sneezing, dozen kerchiefs, swollen eyes, post nasal drip:
I find Costco brand Aller-flex very effective although it does make drowsy and tired. I take I iboprphen for the sinuses, drink hot water a lot, nasal rinse. Sleep.
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