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Old 01-25-2009, 08:09 AM
 
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The allergist will recommend you take all meds at night before bed so they're at their peak during the day.

Be careful about cortisone shots. I took one right before I went to the allergist last year and the doctor told me that if you take them regularly (and by that he meant only 3-4 times a year) the drug will cause permanent bone deterioration.
That is one of the down sides to any cortisone. Women especially have to be very careful!
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Be careful about cortisone shots. I took one right before I went to the allergist last year and the doctor told me that if you take them regularly (and by that he meant only 3-4 times a year) the drug will cause permanent bone deterioration.
I just read this aloud to my wife - who is suffering secondary effects of cedar fever from me being miserable and complaining too much - and she was nodding in agreement. She also said that the more you get them, the less they work.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: NW Austin
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Will the allergies affect you more if you have Cedar trees in your yard? Or is the pollen so thick in the air it doesn't matter where the trees are? My neighbor has some and I was wondering if it was worth talking to them about... I'm assuming it doesn't matter though and you can't escape the pollen. I've been suffering for a few weeks. A co-worker told me to use a Neti pot to clean out my sinuses.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Will the allergies affect you more if you have Cedar trees in your yard? Or is the pollen so thick in the air it doesn't matter where the trees are? My neighbor has some and I was wondering if it was worth talking to them about... I'm assuming it doesn't matter though and you can't escape the pollen. I've been suffering for a few weeks. A co-worker told me to use a Neti pot to clean out my sinuses.
I don't think it matters. The region as a whole is packed with juniper trees. It's part of the air you breathe wherever you are at any given time

I've heard great things about neti-pots, but I've also heard that it takes some getting used to.

I like juniper trees the rest of the year, but the males trees are dirty devils when they pollinate.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:10 PM
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Location: Jollyville, TX
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The allergist will recommend you take all meds at night before bed so they're at their peak during the day.

Be careful about cortisone shots. I took one right before I went to the allergist last year and the doctor told me that if you take them regularly (and by that he meant only 3-4 times a year) the drug will cause permanent bone deterioration.
This is true. My husband had to have a total hip replacement at age 45 after receiving cortsone shots in that hip a couple of times a year over the course of several years. He has no other bone deterioration (necrosis) anywhere else in his body, so we're pretty sure it's the cortisone that did it.
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:21 PM
 
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I was in austin in mid march an the last day of my trip (4 days) I had severe nausea, fatigue. some say cedar fever?????? i didnt notice sinus issues

...is there a test for it?
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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See the chart here of times when various pollens peak Central Texas Allergy & Asthma Center - Allergist, Austin, Texas - Patient Education

Cedar is rarely a problem in March. Any allergy Dr. can test you to determine what it is you are reacting to.
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:54 PM
 
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I was in austin in mid march an the last day of my trip (4 days) I had severe nausea, fatigue. some say cedar fever?????? i didnt notice sinus issues

...is there a test for it?

they build drops based on what you are allergic to.

I will probably try it out
http://www.midwestsinus.com/what_s_n...in_credibility
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh--Home of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions!
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I just read this aloud to my wife - who is suffering secondary effects of cedar fever from me being miserable and complaining too much - and she was nodding in agreement. She also said that the more you get them, the less they work.
LOL!! Tell Mrs. Twange I said to hang in there!
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I have been taking allergy shots for years now for cedar, juniper, mold & dust mites, and they have helped alot, I never get sinus infections anymore, but have not gotten over them enough to stop the shots, 1 every 3 weeks now.

However, I have learned of something that has been so helpful to me that I hardly ever need to use sinus medication or nasal sprays now. That is a nasal/sinus saltwater rinse. It is described in more detail here. Allergies - By Category (http://allergies.about.com/od/nosean...lsalineirr.htm - broken link)

The salt water mix my allergy doctor, Dr. Robin Cook, recommended is as follows, and I have been very comfortable with it:

3 tablespoons non-iodized salt (canning or pickling salt)
1 tablespoon baking soda
added to one quart of water.

Aside from just moisturizing and rinsing out sinus membranes, the salt water rinse uses osmosis to reduce the swelling/congestion in sinus the membranes.

A neti pot has also become quite popular for doing this same thing. It was even featured on Opra.

Thanks to the sinus rinse, usually once in the morning, and again in the evening only on my worst days, I rarely ever need to use nasal sprays or medication.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

P.S. I just found that my Allergy Dr. has a good website with more information on the saline rinse here

http://www.centraltexasallergy.com/hyptncsolold.pdf

Additional helpful general information here
Central Texas Allergy & Asthma Center - Allergist, Austin, Texas - Patient Education
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