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Old 01-22-2013, 08:49 PM
 
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My real question is how do you deal with environmentally friendly or seasonal allergies? I understand that such things as mold, pollen, and mud may be triggers. Surely why these are not as easy to stop when i can keep my home as well as work with an air cleanser, but I cannot control these allergens outside and any place else i go. As I am out of my property over I'm inside, this appears like maybe it's a problem. We have struggled with seasonal allergies as a kid and also had asthma. The classic symptoms such as runny nose, itchy throat, come a few times a year try to disappear soon after events of clariton. I'm wondering exactly what the best long-term treatment solutions are to help with tics and overall health? Allergy shots? Regular anti-histamine use? Daily Quercetin? Thanks beforehand!
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I have an environmental illness with no help as the usual types of hay fever or asthma tablets or inhalers dont help with chemicals... but you may find help on some of these sites... if I was you Id bin all the perfumes, air fresheners and strong soap powders, in fact anything that might make your condition worse... I only use one type of cleaner in the home and one type of soap powder.. but you can get washer balls for the washing machine that work with oxygen ... Sadly theres not a lot you can do outside the home.. and the workplace can be hazardous to some..but have a look on these sites and hope you find help..

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Old 01-23-2013, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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My best friend suffers from Late Stage Lyme Disease and Extreme Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. She reacts to things that no one else can detect. For instance, she is allergic to ink and paper; chemicals of all kinds; all rooms fresheners, scented candles, plywood (cabinets), carpet, bleach, dryer sheets. She reacts to substances from OTHER apartments; can smell dryer sheets from doors away, etc.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is relatively well-known, but impossible to treat. When you suffer from a severe form, like my friend, she's already past the stage where anything can/could be done.

There are several books and articles on the Internet regarding Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. http://mcs-america.org/May2012pg789.pdf <-- Facts & Myths About MCS (3 pg. document)

MCS Homepage: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity <-- International MCS Awareness
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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How I sympathise with your friend as I know exactly what its like to have this debilitating illness, Im the coordinator for Scotland for a site for MCS.. and a volunteer phone contact for Allergy UK, had this most of my life and cant see any help in the next ten years... more has to be taught and learned about how this illness can happen to anyone at any time.. and more items in shops should be much more heavy regulated... I also suffer from newspaper print as well as household paints, cleaners, perfumes.. it affects your whole life as you have to screen vistors before they can come to my home, to make sure they arent wearing perfumes etc.. even disinfectants, bleach bring it on badly, and its not what most people think, that we sneeze or cough... far from it, we can be ill for weeks after one bad exposure, with flu like symptoms, eye problems. too many to mention...
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I had allergy problems for over 40 years, most allergists couldn't fix the problems. Most wanted to do shots or prescribe meds that either didn't work or worked temporarily. Then one day it was reccomended that I see a holistic allergist doctor and he put me on a 'glutten free' diet and that eliminated the problems. The only time I have a reaction now is if I stray from the diet products and and cheat and eat something that's not compatable with body.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I think you have a very valid point there Nitram.. Ill mention to my doctor when I see him.. but he looks as baffled as others on this type of sensitivity..
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:23 PM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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My real question is how do you deal with environmentally friendly or seasonal allergies? I understand that such things as mold, pollen, and mud may be triggers. Surely why these are not as easy to stop when i can keep my home as well as work with an air cleanser, but I cannot control these allergens outside and any place else i go. As I am out of my property over I'm inside, this appears like maybe it's a problem. We have struggled with seasonal allergies as a kid and also had asthma. The classic symptoms such as runny nose, itchy throat, come a few times a year try to disappear soon after events of clariton. I'm wondering exactly what the best long-term treatment solutions are to help with tics and overall health? Allergy shots? Regular anti-histamine use? Daily Quercetin? Thanks beforehand!
I never had allergies before, I lived on the east coast ( a humid area) no problems, moved to the west coast ( a dry area) no problems, move back to the east coast and allergies start, that made no sense to me being I was from the east coast.

All I could think of was from first living on the east coast I became immune to the allergens, more mold and humidity there.

With moving back from a dry area to a humid area I must have lost my immunity to the allergens on the east coast.

I usually get the sinus that does not drain, the headaches above my eyes and around the eyes, sometimes all over my head.

I found that when I discontinued a med (not related to sinus) the sinus troubles had decreased and now it does not come on that often

I can only relieve this with Mucinex D the lower dose one.

My natural remedy is buying local honey, it already has the allergen's in it, I do not get any symptoms from using the honey, I don't use it everyday, maybe once a week, in March I will start to use it daily as spring is approaching.

It has worked for me but it has to be honey from your local area, county etc.

It's usually sold during early spring thru fall, I usually buy from a vendor who is selling fruits etc. from a roadside stand or at the county fair's. You may have a health food store there but read where the honey came from, or you may have to drive to your rural area to buy it.

I also use a Neti-pot when I am finished working outside when it's warm and use it about every 2 weeks during winter or if I feel sinus coming on, it may look unappealing in the video but so is blowing your nose there are store versions of the Neti-pot now


Himalayan Institute Neti Pot Demo - YouTube

Stay away from the smoke when someone is burning brush or weeds, this usually is not allowed in the cities.

Not all ticks carry Lyme disease

Adult deer ticks usually live on white-tailed deer, though in their infant stages they prefer smaller animals like squirrels and mice. These deer ticks spread Lyme disease through their bites. Larger "wood ticks" and "dog ticks" have not been found to carry Lyme bacteria

About Lyme Disease - US News Health

Ragweed is a culprit for sinus it can be found in cities around the parking lots in the dry sandy soil, when it dries it looks like a dirty old rag, of course there is more of it in wooded area's.

I live in the woods, rural area, My work is light landscaping spring till winter by that I mean using my own sweat, no machines etc. I'm always in the woods, inside shrubs or bushes, pruning trees, planting and always rolling around the ground , I'm sure I've been bitten by a tick, when I felt ill (unusually tired or just feeling bad) I was always checked for Lyme but I never had it.

I always wear boot's when working outside, no shorts, sleeves are elbow length and long rose thorns gloves depending on what I am working with. I use insect spray "Off" or store brand, I don't like to use it but have no choice, I hold the can away from me spray and walk into it to get it on my clothes, I especially spray it on arms & my jeans and boots. For my face & neck I spray it on my hands & tap it on my face and neck and wash hands. Its a PITA but it works for me.

Also those Asian ladybugs the ones who like to come indoors can cause allergies.

Hope this helps some.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Squirrel Hill PA
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I know this is an old thread but I have to add this.

I have tree pollen allergy. Spring is the worst for me. I used to be pretty miserable from April to July.

I started taking Source Micro-Max about 3 years ago. I started in January and mostly was taking it as a micro nutrient and to see what would happen since I had been using their equine product for my horse for years and really liked the results.

Among the things I noticed was a big improvement in my hair and nails. They used to be very brittle and they got stronger. But the really amazing thing was when about halfway through June I realized that I had not had any allergy symptoms at all. And since then as long as I keep taking the Source I have no allergies. Ran out temporarily last spring and they came right back, although not a severe.

This is not guaranteed to work for everyone but it worked well for me and has been reported by quite a few people who took this product.

You can find information about the product on their website.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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Allergy shots work great for most people and even though they can't treat everything, they will let your body heal a little bit because it doesn't have so many battles to fight.

I used to wear a carbon filled filter mask over my nose every time I went outside. I wore it in the car and in the yard but if I had to go into a store it was too embarrassing so I would just hold a kleenix over my nose and pretend I had a cold.

With MCS you can make it a lot milder by total avoidance. There are books and articles about how to make a safe room and a safe house. When I was very sick my safe room only had a wooden bed with a cotton bedspread, simple cotton curtains, walls painted with a special paint made from plants, and hardwood floors. Add an air purifier and I could live in there.

Drink filtered water--if you are really sick that is ALL you should drink. Eat mostly vegetables but fish or some meat is okay too, just make sure you don't get a headache or any other reaction from anything you eat because that could mean a food sensitivity. You just don't want to place any more burdens on your body to keep it from healing.

I used to know some people who could read the newspaper AFTER it was taken apart and hung in the garage to air out. (I just used to wear my filter mask to read the paper.)

There are chelation methods that are supposed to get the accumulated toxins out of your body but for me they were always much too expensive and how can you be sure they will work? My doctor (specialist who had MCS herself) said that our detox pathways are blocked somewhere along the way--it's not a very well understood area of knowledge though.

The detox involves the liver, kidneys, skin, and so on--but some of us got an overload that our bodies couldn't handle, for one reason or another. Some of the toxins will still come out when the regular routes are blocked--maybe through the skin or--in my case I can taste it in my mouth, like bleach or perfume. If someone put perfume on me I would almost immediately taste it in my mouth. So weird.

One route for getting toxins out is to do an aerobic exercise like swimming for 15 minutes and then sit in a sauna. There used to be a doctor who specialized in this treatment and people said it worked. Treadmill>sauna. The exercise was to mobilize the toxins (which I think he said are stored in the fat) and then the sauna would sweat it out. You could do this yourself if you had access to a pool and sauna. I remember they said to be sure to drink a lot of water while you were doing this.

There used to be a few doctors in the US who treated MCS but I wonder if they are still around, or at least some of their younger versions are around. A lot of environmental cleanup has been done but there are still so many hazardous household chemicals that people use all the time. Until that stops, people will still be getting MCS and wondering what is wrong!
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I have a taste of metal on my tongue when in contact with any chemical smells and my tongue turns grey, my eyes also change form brown to a greyish blue round the pupils.. and they look and feel tired.... saunas help but last time I tried, I could smell other womens scents, which defeated the purpose.. same with the gym... the place reeked with the air fresheners blasting out the ceiling while I was on the treadmill... its a difficult one to deal with.... and why I stay in the house so much.. its become my haven.. and why I take photographs so much as I walk in the parks a lot ....My MCS started by working in a printing factory age 16, I took a massive boil at the side of my nostril , something I wasnt used to having at all... it took ages to clear up.. I see this as the start of all my problems, as after that it seemed all the varnishes, inks, paper dust, bronzing on labels, glues all afffected me so bad I had to be sent home often feeling sick and with eye problems... back then in the 60s no precautions like masks. hand or eye protecton were given to us... I just wonder how many who worked in the printing trade have this or similar illnesses.. I cant claim the factory although its still running today.... as no doctor had ever given me a diagnosis at the time...so no proof, hell I still dont have proof from a doctor.. they wont admit it exists in the UK..
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