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Old 06-03-2015, 05:00 PM
 
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Mold allergy. Or you may have a dust allergy. Or maybe your allergic to your pet.
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:57 PM
 
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You can go to your doctor and discuss with him/her about getting an allergy test via blood testing. Perhaps, see a new doctor. Antibiotics should not be given to patients like candy!

You could have an respiratory allergy in dust mites/molds/whatever
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:28 PM
 
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Could be a lot of things, pets if you have them, the carpet, mold, dust, etc. Dust really gets me blowing my nose and sneezing, mold literally makes me sick if it's really bad like in an unfinished basement. Cats do me in as well, as bad as mold does.

By the way, if you do have allergies, Sam's Club sells a generic brand of Claritin for about $13 for either 350 or 400 pills. It's what I take. Allegra works just as well for me but is too expensive in comparison.
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:29 PM
 
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You can go to your doctor and discuss with him/her about getting an allergy test via blood testing. Perhaps, see a new doctor. Antibiotics should not be given to patients like candy!

You could have an respiratory allergy in dust mites/molds/whatever
I agree with this regarding antibiotics and getting an allergy test from an allergist.
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Old 09-05-2015, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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What area do you live in, climate wise? That might give us some clues.
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Old 09-12-2015, 10:37 AM
 
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I suspect the OP lives in NJ, given her avatar. The biggest clue to me was she said they turned on their furnace earlier than usual because of cold weather. It's important to vacuum the ducts and change the filter before turing on the furnace. A lot of stuff collects in those areas when the furnace is not being used. We open up our furnace before using it, vacuum out the blower motor area and housings, change the filter, go around the house and vacuum out all of the floor ducts, wipe out the ducts with water/bit of bleach/soap to dampen rags if particularly dirty...before we turn on the furnace. You really don't want all that accumulated stuff blowing out into the air if you have allergies or other respiratory issues.

There could be mold issues in any house. Our house sits on a crawl space and the dirt under the house can be damp most of the year depending on our rainfall. Putting down a plastic barrier in the crawl space helped. Even a bit of mildew ont he shower tile can set some people off. And since she had just turned on the furnace, there could be mold growing in the ducts over the summer, especially if it was a wet summer.

I use a fair amount of bleach when deep cleaning at our house. I try not to use it for every day things like wiping counters because it can be a respiratory irritant as well. (I suggest splurging on wet wipes for kitchen and bathroom instead of using sponges or wash cloths in those areas, sponges can be a whole breeding ground all by themselves!)
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Thank you for that link. I hope I don't have some kind of terrible mold issue inside my walls or something like that. I'm paranoid about having toxic, deadly mold. I hope it's just the mold from the outside, and maybe I am worse in my home because it has settled onto my floors and furnishings. Time for some major cleaning/washing of everything. If the issue still persists after I do this, then I will worry.
I did go around smelling things in my house today (I know I'm nuts), and I did smell a weird, very faint musty odor near my living room window and around my drapes. I will be washing the windows and putting up new drapes tomorrow.
When your washing , don't use strong smelly cleaners , soap powders etc.. and never ever use air fresheners.. clear out under the sink and buy unperfumed non toxic cleaners.. or a good steamer , even better.. You said you felt worse in the mornings which made me think your duvet or bedding could be the culprit.. good luck anyway.
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I also use the second rinse cycle when doing laundry to wash off any residual detergent (I also ensure I am not using too much detergent each load).
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Old 09-18-2015, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I also use the second rinse cycle when doing laundry to wash off any residual detergent (I also ensure I am not using too much detergent each load).
yes but it might be the detergent your using,the smell stays on it forever.. look into eco washing powders without any perfumes.. I use only Surecare.
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