If it turns more into a bulls-eye (white around that raised area and still red around that), it might be lyme disease from a tick.
" Lyme disease causes a rash, often in a bull's-eye pattern, and flu-like symptoms. Joint pain and weakness in the limbs also can occur. "
I wear a respirator with HEPA filters when vacuuming. Actually, other times too. That works. Also, I run the air circulation and the exhaust fans in the kitchen & bathroom for half an hour after vacuuming.
Computers are unlikely to cause problems in my experience. I have a very sensitive dog allergy, but I didn't have a problem with a computer that had been around my dog for a long time. I thought dog dander might have collected in it, but it didn't.
But your computer may be collecting more dirt.
It's not just sulfates, some wines also have large amounts of histamines. An example is Rozy from Arogony Wine, a rose that I love but the histamines literally cause mucus in my sinus cavities to turn to the consistency of gummi bears. This has happened on multiple occasions, including 2 where I had nothing but that for hours before or after.
There are tools that claim to remove much of the histamines and sulfates from wine. I haven't tried them yet, but I plan to with the above wine that I know wreaks havoc on me.
> What is my next step in the process?
1- Consultation with an immuno-allergologist on which you'll be performed a set of prick tests.
They sound scary but remember, you're in a hospital... if something develops they have your back ;)
2- After identifying the allergen, change the way you think about food. You have to ask and after asking you have to go slow and small when eating at a never-been-before place because of the dangers of cross-contamination. Cross-contamination will be your Bane, not the declared information on labels, which usually are solid (with some exceptions).
3- You'll have to carry TWO Epipens or other brand for the rest of your life if the temperature does not exceeds 25ºC. If you live in a warmer climate you'll have to have a fridge in the car to keep the Epipens functional when not at home. Nothing is worse than having a non-working Epipen because its 35ºC and the active substance is no longer... well... active ;)
4- Don't be ashamed of your allergy and leading with it in social situations, especially when eating at other people's homes. Its better to give them the mild hassle of not having nuts in the salad then to have a full-blown reaction involving paramedics ;)
5- If you're SURE that you had a very low dosage of the allergen and you already control your allergy go for an anti-histamine before going full-Epipen on it. This will happen over time and you'll notice that at least half of the reaction to an allergy is psychological, usual in the form of a panic attack ;) (it will take years to master this, though)
Yeah it sucks.
If you have eye issues you can try Alaway (ketotifen fumarate) eye drops. These take about a week to improve symptoms.
Nasal steroids are now available over the counter (in the US) and work wonders for my sinuses during allergy season, they take maybe a couple days to improve symptoms. You can get Nasacort/Flonase in any allergy aisle, but I just picked up this Costco generic bulk pack on Amazon for super cheap.
Antihistamine pills make me so drowsy I can't really function, so I try not to take them. There are a few, mostly herbal, natural antihistamines and other items that help regulate histamine and allergic response, that I am looking into like quercetin, rutin, Vitamin C, and berberine to name a few. Those might be helpful to you. This article is more about histamine intolerance/mast cell disorders, but has some interesting info if you want to check it out.
I'm allergic to nickel and I had no problems with my iPhone 4S or iPhone 6.
Maybe this information from Apple may help you figure it out
It can last weeks. Amoxicillin/Penicillin rash is known for this.
It's tough without seeing for ourselves. Is his face swollen from the steroids? Or it's definitely edema from an allergic reaction (like his eyes are slits/swollen too)? If he's on a steroid taper this could be the reaction fighting through the steroids.
If you're concerned and he's getting worse, go back to the doctor.
This is really important: If his skin starts to look bad/weepy/rashy like it's infected you need to immediately call the prescribing doctor. There is a very, very serious drug reaction that can turn life or death rather quickly. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stevens-johnson-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355936
Hindsight is always 20/20, but your dad needs to step up his awareness of his drug allergy. If he's unable to do that (for whatever reason) you or one of your siblings should keep regular tabs on his doctors/dental appointments medication etc. My mom has her own health issues... I get where it's difficult.
Just speaking from personal experience, eye drops with either azelastine hydrochloride or patanol work really well. I live in a country where most medications are OTC so check with your allergist to see how easily accessible these eye drops are, and if they're right for your symptoms.
I bought this one! I highly recommend it, in fact, I might get a 2nd one.
I have a cheaper one from Target but it's honestly not worth mentioning because it feels like it does absolutely nothing lol
Medicinal mushrooms. Significantly reduces symptoms, I’m telling you.
1 tsp - 1 tblsp mixed in coffee, smoothie, water etc. 2-3 times a day is okay.
If you need something sooner, many health food stores carry this. If not, any organic product that is reishi, cordyceps, lion’s mane, turkey tail etc. or combinations of these. Most mushrooms in the 14 blend I linked above have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties and strengthen your immune system.
If you can only find one, I’d go with organic Reishi powder.
Yes! Go to Amazon and use the search term "nasal dilators". For example,
though they come in many shapes and sizes.
Misleadingly, they are often sold as anti-snoring devices but the principle is the same: they mechanically widen the nostrils to improve airflow and increase drainage. You can wear them 24/7/365 though you should make an effort to keep them clean otherwise they harbor bacteria and give you sinus infections (which is obviously bad).
They only real downside is that the rings on these things can cause sinus discharge to backup in your nose so you sometimes have to remove them and dry them off multiple times in a day. It can get annoying if your sinuses are draining heavily.
If you think about the physics involved what these devices do is the inverse of surgery. Rather than shrinking the turbinates they widen the nose so the swollen turbinates don't block the nasal passages. Ingenious.
This is what I have. I've used it outdoors in 100 degree weather and it kept the pens noticeably cooler than the outdoor temp.
Any recommendations for getting the cheapest price on preservative free eye drops?
I normally buy olopatadine but it's super expensive ($10 for a 5 ml bottle of generic 0.1%) and it seems like it has BAK preservative in the US. I once bought Olopat solution from India which states on the bottle that it's BAK free but it's even more expensive.
I see that they recently came out with Alaway (Ketitofen) preservative free but dang those prices.
I would try a different soap, different detergent or a different temperature in the bath. Make sure sheets, towels, etc.. are consistent.
We use this detergent- https://www.amazon.com/Persil-ProClean-Power-Liquid-Detergent-Sensitive/dp/B00UZKG4LY
I’ve used the Luna ones for years for the mattress (you’ll need to cover the box spring if you have one).
Luna Queen Size Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Made in The USA - Vinyl Free https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002AQNXR4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_SGP9Fb22XEK6P
For pillows I end up using the full cotton ones because they are otherwise too hot, and just wash weekly and fully replace the pillows regularly.
I really like this one
I have used it for about 5 years and it takes the wax right off of apples, but doesn’t affect flavor.
This could be a language difference, but rather than something to kill them (poison), it should create a barrier that does not allow them to travel.
There are more on Amazon but here is an example: Queen Size SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector - Vinyl Free https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003PWNH4Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_6e01ybJN6W8YN
>Is there a separate way to check for food intolerances?
You can get tested for FODMAPS sensitivity - hydrogen breath test.
You can get skin or blood tests for IgE-mediated food allergies. They aren't all that reliable, though.
You can also do elimination diet / food challenges. But ask your doctor before doing food challenges with foods where you had a significant allergy on the skin/blood tests. Some doctors will let you do a food challenge in their office, so they can treat you if you have a bad reaction.
The best way to figure out food sensitivities is:
First, get tested for celiac disease. If you have it, stop eating gluten grains.
Then, do a hypoallergenic elimination diet, where you don't eat common food allergens or anything that you habitually eat, for at least a week. Followed by food challenges with the foods you eliminated, meaning that you try a single food (one plant species or one animal species) at a time, and wait at least a couple days to see what happens and wait for any reaction to clear up before trying the next food. The link has elimination diets of varying strictness.
3M is good. I use this half-face respirator.
As for filters, it would depend on whether you're trying to filter out organic vapor, or particulates. What kind of odor was it?
If particulates, I'd get a P100 filter. There are both hard-shell and soft kinds. The hard-shell kind is better if it might get rained on, but also more expensive.
I used these humidity monitors to get a good sense of humidity in our home. If you keep it at 45% or 47% that's good enough to keep dust mites dead without being too brutal. https://www.amazon.com/TASOGEN-Thermometer-Hygrometer-Temperature-Fahrenheit/dp/B08P3QJJZL/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=humidity+sensor&qid=1663610322&sprefix=humidity+se%2Caps%2C103&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVy...
I have this one which is currently $163.13 from Amazon or Walmart and $179.99 from home depot. Actually i have 3 of them total throughout my house. I've been pretty happy with them.
I also make sure my HVAC has at least a MERV 11 rated filter so it can catch most allergens
Only Use N95 masks, and get several several purifying machines and run them 24 hours a day. My health improved immensely after I started using an air filtration machine.
In addition to things that have been said, make sure you have hypoallergenic mattress/pillow cover (a la https://www.amazon.com/shloofee-Plastic-Mattress-Cover-Lightweight/dp/B09KJ9H87B/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?crid=2TNML7OHRKNB8&keywords=plastic+mattress+cover+hypoallergenic&qid=1659898869&sprefix=plastic+mattress+cover+hypoallergenic%2Caps%2C89&a...).
Something else to try is a Flonase for nasal symptoms. I do Flonase+ Zyrtec +singulair + symbicort (I have asthma too) every day, and I pretty successfully get through the day, and I live with a cat I’m allergic to.
Oh, not at all. Haircuts are a very personal thing. With curly hair I can’t do many cuts that look great on others.
I’m using up my stock of VaniCream as I have found new shampoo and conditioner that are worlds better! Cleure. Most shampoo and conditioner makes me itch before I am even out of the shower. I have tried testing on my wrist, but my scalp seems to be the most sensitive part of my epidermis.
Cleure Conditioner (Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B52B8X5W?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Cleure Shampoo (Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B52DPRB7?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I’m allergic to all chemical sunscreens, and most sunscreens contain some type of salicylates, to which I have an anaphylactic allergy.
I use plain clear zinc stick or Badger SPF 40 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Y9B73QB?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I have this one - https://www.amazon.com/Kenmore-Bagged-Canister-Vacuum-Champagne/dp/B08N3ZRR7H/ref=sr_1_6?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhqaVBhCxARIsAHK1tiOVnnbGyWp2JfWZIXUztBHipDSb_V5Lshlikdv21V25zp2oaGGFU1AaAqK-EALw_wcB&hvadid=409933522471&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9052206&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=3336537256150647218&hvtargid=kwd-1726642235&hydadcr=25524_11407989&keywords=kenmore+hepa+vacuum&qid=1655312215&sr=8-6
Thanks for the detailed comment - admittedly I don't know anything about how anti-histamines work!
I was definitely taking just Cetirizine 10mg (this brand) and then the withdrawal symtpoms of itchiness was horrible so I switched to just Loratadine (this brand).
Interestingly, both of those antihistamines did give me dry mouth as the most noticeable side effect.
Well, I got a new mattress and put it in the protector immediately…but that was back in February, and I’ve never vacuumed or wiped it down until tonight. (No clue you were supposed to.) So it’s hard to say if it’s made much difference but I’m really hoping everything I’ve done today/tonight will help. One thing that DEFINITELY seems to help me, though, is Allersearch ADMS Spray (here’s a link on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010DLYR4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_V4E6VARTZDXPRFVRDACR?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1). It ain’t cheap, unfortunately, but in a lot of ways it’s like a miracle spray for me. Somehow it neutralizes dust mites and their matter, and I almost immediately start to feel better after spraying it. So you might want to give it a shot. (I’m not the company owner or anything haha…just a big fan.)
I use this: LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Large Room, Smart WiFi Alexa Control, H13 True HEPA Filter for Allergies, Pets, Somke, Dust, Pollen, Ozone Free, 24dB Quiet Cleaner for Bedroom, Core 200S, White https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08FJ678YK/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_8M439F3G8NT10E6V772G?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
They make ones rated for larger areas, I just liked this one bc I only need it for our bedroom and I like the smart/app features. With your budget I'd probably get 2 of these, maybe one for the bedroom and one for the living area. I have noticed a big difference in my allergy symptoms with this filter!
Imma try homeopathy alongside Allegra let's see. But if u have kids maybe u should try giving them this. I'm just saying.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ASGMAO/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_29Z6NTFWNHK6VM9E1F59?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 this is the same brand that they use in hospitals really good filters expensive though also blocks covd 19 other viruses and odors
Hey thanks for tagging me. This is a great community.
I ended up getting this: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07M66N8TS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It’s a good size, insulated and holds two epipens and some pills (and more) if you want. It has Velcro straps that you can attach to a belt. I tried that way but it felt uncomfortable so I managed to get it in my cargo shorts pocket. I was out for most of the day and hardly noticed it. It wasn’t too hot though so I don’t know how effective the insulation was but it’s got to be better than leaving it in a car.
By the way, there’s a window in the pen where you can check the fluid to see if it’s still good. I’ve never seen it change though and I’ve had some pens well after the expiry and it still looked the same. In your house I agree a cooler would probably be good. Be careful about keeping it too close to an ice pack though so it doesn’t freeze.
Wear glasses that cover your eyes as much as possible. Like sport profiled glasses (like Oakley) or padded safety glasses. I used the safety glasses to mow my lawn and for a hike recently and it worked wonders
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KNOW1AU?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share This quercetin has really helped me through a recent awful allergic reaction. I’m taking approximately 1000mg per day, spread out as much as possible.
Sorry I can't get to the whole of this message right now, but for the moment - WOW that's a ton of allergies for a group of 30 kids..! Hopefully you'll get lucky on the nut thing and at least not get peanut allergies in the mix. (Peanut and tree nuts are different beasts.)
I do think you could get the cost of sunbutter down, but maybe not enough to make a huge difference budget wise / not sure what the hard numbers on your lunch budget are without mathing. Base price on the gigantic tubs on Amazon is 27 cents/oz and if you had a few folks do the subscribe and save (and then cancel right after) for the 15% off, I think that brings it down closer to 21.someodd cents per oz. So still over twice peanut butter, but not as bad as that 43c/oz estimate. https://www.amazon.com/SunButter-Sunflower-Butter-Original-containers/dp/B00BEQEQJ0
I feel like the longest part of pasta prep is boiling the water... wonder if there's any way someone could get a head start on that for lunch? Thinner pastas like angel hair cook in like 10 minutes once the water's rolling.
You might have some luck on the foodallergy sub, for other bulk cheap meal ideas. Wonder how hard hummus is to make? The premade stuff ain't cheap for sure, but it seems like one of those foods where if the chickpeas were prepped in advance or canned ones used, it'd be a toss-in-blender-and-go food. Veggies and crackers to dip.
Sounds like you might be allergic to the adhesive. I am, and these ones don’t give me a rash or a persistent skin mark around or underneath: PATCH Eco-Friendly Bamboo Bandages for Cuts & Scratches, Hypoallergenic Wound Care for Sensitive Skin - Compostable & Biodegradable, Latex Free, Plastic Free, Zero Waste, Natural, 25ct (2pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098KNSL69/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_Q05XZCKZTT1Q0ZJGVCHB
So I "made" something today that actually helped a lot. I had this spray lying around
https:/lsmile. amazon .Com/dp/B0073RSFEQ/ref=cm_sw rapan
It always helped a little bit, but not much. I took the high volume nozzel from this one below, and put it on the above spray.
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B002GU64EI/ref=cm_sw_Iapan iBN5MBG6WJBPE8T9F1 DM1
The fat nozzel allows me to use it like a neti pot. It burns a little bit, but WOW does it work. It cleared me up nearly 100 percent for a couple of hours. Which was good enough for me to fall asleep. I'm gonna do this daily. I'm going to use it before sleep then use my sprays while I'm clear.
I don’t have a solution, but some things to consider trying (can you test them out before you go?) :
Goggles, like for swimming or for lab
Face mask — bring a few so you can swap out when they get wet.
Hat you can pull down over your forehead
Scarf or bandana you can pull down over your forehead
A full balaclava, leaving only your eyes uncovered.
A clear plastic face shield, like some medical providers are using. For example: https://smile.amazon.com/TCP-Global-Safety-Shields-Glasses/dp/B08DL25PT6/
Good luck! 👍
2nd dust mites from bed. These are my symptoms too. If you can, highly recommend getting an allergy mattress cover, I've found it helps a lot.
Something like this
They do a better job than a normal cover at trapping the dust mites in your mattress, which helps alleviate symptoms. Still wash your sheets and the cover on HOT ~once a week to kill off any hanging around
Hi, so sorry you are going thru this. I went thru the same exact thing!! I been on zyrtec D (i take one pill daily) and Its been 1 yr and 4 months of allergy shots (its like 3-5 yr commitment). Since I also suffer from non allergic rhinitis AND allergies i will have to take the decongestants (which zyrtec D has) the rest of my life (unless it disappears lol), so you may ask why i am doing allergy shots if i wont ever be able to get off Zyrtec ? well because its minimized the congestion , the sinus headaches, the off balance, anxiety , I will always still have sinus pressure which i have grown accustom too, and i will have really bad sinus days (dependent on the weather) which i have accepted but i have seen a HUGE reduction of these things with allergy shot treatment. so makes life more normal.
I know people are concerned about taking Zyrtec D all their lives but If you prep your body you will be okay - with a healthy life style (yoga/ meditation) exercising (limit caffeine b/c decongestants increase a bit heart rate). you will build a body that can handle increased heart rate and also yoga /breathing helps you learn how to regulate our bodies/mind and heart (hence to the anxiety).
I would also suggest if you start taking allergy medicine, keep this sinus (salt spray with you) allergy medicine will dry your nose and rhinitis as well , this spray is god sent!! https://www.amazon.com/NeilMed-Nasogel-Spray-Fluid-Ounce/dp/B006GLBBYQ
If you need more tips etc follow my IG and feel free to DM me trust me i know what you are going thru!!! IG is " Michelleangarita.r"
I’ve been using a laundry detergent that kills dust mites along with a spray by the same company that I use on my bed, floors, carpeting, etc… the detergent is helpful bc you can wash items in cool water - like your clothes which have dust mites on them too. But for your sheets - I would say now you would have to go back to washing them in hot water and drying them in the dryer. Or try spraying them with the anti dust mite spray - it says on the bottle that for carpet and other things (like drapes, coverlets, etc you only need to treat once a month, but I do it twice a month).
I’m sure you’re keeping the area around/under and behind your bed clean from dust too?
Allersearch ADMS Anti-Allergen Spray 32 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010DLYR4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_W134V5AY8N58PHB33PFM
I bought something like these for my pillow, and same for my mattress protector.
Generally they encase and seal around your pillows and mattress to prevent dust and such allergens to get embedded inside.
I wash pillows before they go inside if they’ve been used. Otherwise I don’t remove the pillow or mattress protector unless I need to deep clean.
Also, forgot to say don’t forget to shower and change into clean clothes anytime you get into bed to help keep it clean.
With your satin and silk covers it would probably be okay to wash on warm or cold if you are washing them frequently enough and doing these other things to reduce buildup of allergens, especially if your allergies are minor enough you don’t need medication.
ivory soap was the one i wrote the ingredients on... but there is this one also.
If you can get a local pollen count that helps. I think weather.com links to local pollen counts based on your zip code. It seems molds been bad on a lot of the east coast because of the high temperatures and high humidity. There is also a weed called plantain that is like ragweed but comes out in the summer instead.
It seems the best thing is to find who does the actual counting and go to their website. I think sometimes places like pollen.com do a bit of an average. It's usually done either by the local government or a local MD allergy office. The allergy offices are hit and miss on their quality control. It did seem that weather.com would list where the data was coming from on their allergy section.
I was researching some of this, and one thing that may help is to have a hypo-allergenic comforter. The best I can see, and is unfortunately pricey, is silk strands. I got one from my aunt one year, and I love it. I do not have really bad allergies though, so do some research about it.
Something like this in a hypo-allergenic (or regularly cleaned) duvet may help.
Also, from Mayo Clinic:
Other changes in a woman's life, in addition to the menstrual cycle, can cause shifts in hormone levels that may worsen or improve asthma symptoms. These include:
Irregular periods. Asthma symptoms in women with irregular periods may be worse than they are in women who have regular menstrual cycles.
Pregnancy. Pregnancy may increase the risk of having a severe asthma attack. For some women, however, hormone changes during pregnancy may actually improve asthma symptoms.
Menopause. Dropping hormone levels associated with menopause may make asthma symptoms worse or cause some women to develop asthma.
Hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement with estrogen or progesterone may improve asthma symptoms in some women who have gone through menopause. However, study results are conflicting, and hormone replacement appears to increase the risk for asthma symptoms in certain women.
I only did the elimination diet a couple days and then the white poop scared me and I went off of it. It was just quinoa, beans, and chicken. It’s supposed to give you enough nutrients and protein and be low likelihood of reaction, but I don’t digest beans well. I would say it’s an allergy, just lots of gas and discomfort.
When I had the ELISA test done, it was a blood test and it showed that I was allergic to gluten, dairy, and almonds. This was reassuring to me because I knew I was very allergic to gluten and dairy already, so I felt the results were accurate. Once I eliminated almonds and almond’s relatives, my symptoms went completely away like magic. It was wonderful. I had tried to do the elimination diet before getting this test done, but I was never really able to follow one.
Gut health- when you have allergic reactions, inflammation and leaky gut syndrome reek havoc on your body. Google leaky gut, I don’t think I could explain it well/ I’m sure there are way better explanations. Leaky gut can also cause new allergies to develop cuz things are getting into your bloodstream that aren’t usually able to pass through from your intestine and your body starts to react with an immune response. So if you put good probiotics into your system and give your gut/ intestines time to heal the damage that was done by ‘bad things’ entering it. It’s amazing how much your gut health relates to so many things in your body, just the makeup of the bacteria in your intestines.
link explaining gut bacteria/ microbiome’s affect in health
some good info about leaky gut and how to heal it
If you are in the continental US we can typically get you in with one of our allergy specialists pretty quickly!
My practice focuses on home immunotherapy and uses telemedicine so everyone can get access to an allergist without a long wait.
You can schedule here.
Feel free to let me know what questions you have.
Manan Shah MD
I had to look this up but yes, it’s this one from Amazon
Just have to get something small enough, no one is going to know. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J9J8HPK?m=A2C1YJA37QPCPJ&ref=clp_pc_a_A28SS6XS0QX5ZP, a drying rack, and a few fans (maybe a dehumidifier) you'll be able to wash and dry inside.
Anyway, for the larger items, you're pretty much stuck with the laundromat. If the bedding can handle the sanitary cycle, or hot wash/rinse, with a 2x or 3x rinse, do it. Laundromat machines can be pretty gnarly, and well... that's not a good thing for you.
You could also try taking an antihistimine right before doing laundry to see if that would help. But I'd start with just getting the mini washer and a drying rack for your apartment.
You want True HEPA and don’t go too small. This filter goes down to 0.03 microns as opposed to your choice which is 0.1 microns.
So, I don’t know where you are, but my mom always used to get me the plastic mattress covers that zip all the way around for the cheapest. (Something like this https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0033RO2OW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_XKDRCHRC131RSS6K4HCH?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1)They were varied brands (all bought at Kohl’s) and they seemed to work alright. I think the more important thing with those is to make sure to change them out semi-regularly (we’d do it after every school quarter ended). I have a bunch stockpiled so I haven’t had to find any yet, but those seemed to help me the best.
Something else to be wary of is just to watch all scents that are near him. Like, I can’t do anything really floral, so like, my mom would always buy us all a clean smell or brown sugar smelling deodorant.
Then don’t eat egg. I’m allergic to both egg and soy. It actually makes grocery shopping easier bc I can only eat about 3 things.
I bake a lot from scratch and use an egg replacer https://www.amazon.com/Bobs-Red-Mill-Gluten-Replacer/dp/B01LZZUP98
It’s not a big deal.
I carry a small bottle of soap everywhere I go. https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Bronners-Pure-Castile-Liquid-Unscented/dp/B0061WK8O4/ref=sr\_1\_4?crid=1NP0TZJJWH6P5&keywords=dr+bonners+pure+castile+liquid+soap+baby+small&qid=1636521783&qsid=134-4410225-2740119&sprefix=dr+bonners+%2Cap...
I bring a small spray bottle of alcohol for hand sanitizing and a little bottle of soap for washing.
Furnido 10ml 1/3oz Mini Portable... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078XY53GG?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Limited-time deal: humangear Gotoob+ Refillable Silicone Travel Size Bottles with Locking Cap, 3pk Set https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07931HTHT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_dl_XAAAES7X837TSQNW6DDX?psc=1
Forgive me if you've done this already, but have you encased your bed/linens/pillows/whatever with hypoallergenic bedding? If you haven't I do strongly suggest you give that a go. That made a very big difference for me.
Also, you may want to check out products like this: https://tinyurl.com/o4terkb
I wish there was some magic wand but not yet. Good luck.
Here is an example, which is the product I use: https://www.amazon.com/HOSPITOLOGY-PRODUCTS-Sleep-Defense-System/dp/B01413355S/
The basic premise is that dust mites live in anything with fabrics. The mattress is a giant piece of fabric and this is an ideal place for them to live. The same goes for your pillow, bed sheets, and blanket/comforter. While you can wash your bed sheets and blanket, you cannot as easily wash all pillows nor the mattress. This is where a dust mite cover comes in handy.
The dust mite cover creates a synthetic layer that does not allow them to go in or out of the mattress. Anything inside will die off and anything outside can't get inside of it and breed. This is why a dust mite cover for your mattress is critical. Getting one for your pillow is also smart. Of course, you can wash the blanket, sheets, and pillow cover every week so that's not as much of an issue either.
The closet is also a place where dust mites enjoy, so the steps before including keeping it clean/tidy, good airflow, etc. improve that situation.
HEPA air filters are free standing.
Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier with UV Light Sanitizer, Eliminates Germs, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander, Mold, Odors, Quiet 28in 4-in-1 Air Purifier for Home AC5350B https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OLBR084/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_N8G0RJKJZFY6FTEZAEWE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I have the same issue and these work for me: PATCH Eco-Friendly Bamboo... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079Q1737C?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I’ve also had luck with using a nonstick pad and wrapping it with 3M Coban or another bandage of that type that adheres to itself.
I bought this big boy from Levoit. Works great for our big living space. We also have a smaller one for the bedroom. Has a sensor that tells you the 2.5pm level. We both suffer from allergies and live in california so the smoke was getting a bit crazy. It definitely helped.
It’s not the greatest, but at least it tastes pretty good. With all my allergies, I can’t afford to be picky about things that don’t make me sick. Ingredients: beef stock, natural flavors (which luckily do not include turmeric), salt, beef fat, sugar, maltodextrin, yeast extract, xanthan gum
Ingredients: chicken stock, natural flavors, salt, chicken fat, sugar, maltodextrin, yeast extract, xanthan gum
Savory Choice Liquid Chicken and Beef Broth Concentrates, Set of 2 Boxes https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01EK4Q9YM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_PRF8T4Q97ZPFTGBYA8AM
Preferably one with a HEPA filter; Honeywell makes some good ones (like the Honeywell HPA 300. The size you get will depend on how big your room is, but the specs should tell you how many square feet the unit will cover
HEPA air purifier. Either one for each room, or put it in the bedroom when sleeping and if needed move it when you’re in other rooms.
I have this one and love the small footprint of it: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00OLBR084/
My mom has this one and I love the power of it: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01728NLRG/
You're welcome! There's a lot of great websites for instructions of how to reduce the mites. Of course it will never be 100% free. I also used a spray to kill the existing mites and their egg cycle. I'll link. But there is prep work before just spraying. I deep-cleaned my whole house, little by little, including sofas. I vacuum 2 times a week. I also will be swapping out my fabric bed headboard for a wooden one. Invest in good mattress and pillow covers.
The Ecology Works - Dust Mite and Flea Control 2 lbs
You may be suffering from dust mite allergies. Summer temps and humidity is their favorite time of year, though they are year-round. Right now in Catskills it looks like dust and dander forecast is at level extreme. No AC with that heat and humidity would be a nightmare.
Try washing all your bedding on hot once a week if you suspect it might be dust mites. Do you have carpet? HEPA air purifier doesn’t do much for mites bc they aren’t so airborne as other allergens. They just sit on surfaces and stir up when you lie down or walk by or touch them. You can also get hypoallergenic cover for your pillows and mattress. Lmk if you want more dust mites info.
This can help u monitor your humidity: ThermoPro TP50 Digital Hygrometer Indoor Thermometer Room Thermometer and Humidity Gauge with Temperature Humidity Monitor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H1R0K68/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_MTDNBR84R0N3V02QYP8G
To reduce dust mites your humidity needs to be under 50%. If you think it may be dust mites and have humidity over 50%, grab a de-humidifier that can keep you between 30-50% while also washing and encapsulating bedding.
Hope this was helpful
I have a stuffy nose too, I use nose vents/dilators I got online. They really help me breathe at night. (I also wear the anti-snoring mask). But the nose vents are soft silicone inserts that physically open your nostrils from the inside. They work way better than the stick on strips. Just my two cents. https://www.amazon.com/Pack-Vents-Snoring-Devices-Breathing/dp/B08R8CTYSZ/ref=sr\_1\_12?dchild=1&keywords=nose%2Bdilators&qid=1623821387&sr=8-12&th=1
NeilMed Sinus Rinse can be extremely helpful in cases where you can’t escape the allergen. I’d take Allegra or Zyrtec, which are stronger than Claritin, as well as nasal spray like Flonase and a decongestant too if you need it. Also bring a hepa filter along with you if you can.
Sounds like a good mix as Quercitin, Bromelain, nettle leaf & Boswellia are the natural supplements I’ve seen good scientific evidence for. I haven’t done a spreadsheet model to confirm the cost/dose of each ingredient but Breathe-X seemed like the best value I could find assuming you want to take everything included in it. I've been pretty happy w/ it other than a bad smell/taste the 1 time there was 1 leaky capsule in the bottle :-/
Breathe-X with Quercetin, Bromelain, Nettle Leaf & Citrus Bioflavonoids: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007A432TA/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_5J5NFM896G8JFNQCPR5D
I just took a daily allergy pill like Claritin & I took a spoonful of local honey per day. I feel like the honey helped a bit, but mostly I suffered a lot. If you can get your hands on something like this it’s probably your best bet for keeping pollen out of your sinuses. Mine were terribly inflamed!
It’s so interesting how we all react. Even the half & half in American coffee keeps my eczema patch going.
EDIT. That’s the wrong product linked. I’ll try and find the balm that goes in your nose. Some people use Vaseline!
This rash cream doesn't contain aloe. Sliquid H2O and Slippery Stuff lube don't contain aloe. Dove Sensitive Skin Foaming body wash also doesn't contain aloe.
Lots of people who are allergic to latex are allergic to aloe, so latex allergy groups or blogs may be helpful.
I got two of these units.
And yes they will blow the dust off your ceiling. I didn't get total relief until I vacuumed floor to ceiling with a 6HP shop-vac, with exhaust 10 foot hose going out the window (forget 4 micron filters! Use a standard filter, blow the rest out the window, that's 0 micron of refined micro dust NOT blown back into your face).
We had a few years of crisis, it's scary how much dust collects.
Then I got alpha-gal, damn ticks. Had to face the music, its time to clean it HARD. But I digress...
That said, they're great. The ionizer drops dust out of the air. I've already cleaned the prefilters after a month, hopefully next month better now it's all been vacuumed at least three rounds, and old shampoo cleaned out of carpets with new vegan stuff.
Wife stopped snoring too. That's a two-fer. 😁
Your poor fiancé! He must love you (and the cat??) to not make you get rid of your cat. His situation sounds dire. While I agree with the other posts, I also know how much I love my cats...
Does he want allergy shots? Does he already take Zyrtec and Flonase or the similar?
His reactions to cats are more severe than mine, but here are a few things you can try. I use all of these.
Brush your cat regularly and use this on him all over -
Allerpet Cat Dander Remover - 100% Non Toxic Pet Allergen Reducer - Scientifically Proven for Effective Cat Allergy Relief - Proudly USA Made (12oz) https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07GL5BHH8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_09D13WBW0H3Z6KB0ZCN5
Spray this around your home:
Allergy Asthma Clean Allergen Spray pet dander, dust mites, cockroach allergen. Mineral concentrate in bottle. -JUST ADD WATER- 33.8oz https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B010W5OSO6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_1SA6J05NNAB8VKB02NV6
Get a hepa air filter.
I would give it at least a couple months (if your fiancé can) for everything to kick in. Good luck!!
Hypochlorous acid is also worth a shot for too. It smells like bleach but it works. It is not bleach, but similar a the molecular level.
The one saline spray that really opens me is this one. It has a slight stinging sensation but it is really good if you are really blocked up.
Hmmm...well, you can buy buttermilk powder on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08J15782J/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_YC811CWRBNJQHH0P5EZ5
What about a little high quality olive oil?
Sorry, I do not know how to replicate it.
I have a feeling they're out of stock. We got them off Amazon several months back. Sell like hotcakes in the winter. Might have to do "notify when available" on Amazon or if you're lucky and live in the right state, Nebraska Furniture Mart might have em
My skin is pretty dramatic and I’m allergic to a lot of fragrances, but I tolerate this one by Olay really well.
Face Moisturizer by Olay, Complete All Day Moisture Face Cream with Sunscreen, SPF 15, Sensitive Skin, 2.0 fl. oz. (Pack of 3) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001F51TGI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_5RJCW1CRBGTWMBF7S6JF?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Soap, detergent, and hair products are also a challenge. I cut my hair short when I started reacting to all the good anti-frizz products and all conditioners.
Do you know if this one would be good? Its very affordable. https://www.amazon.com/ORFELD-Cordless-Extendable-Self-Standing-Ultra-Lightweight/dp/B086T196C8/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=pet+hair&qid=1611888572&refinements=p_36%3A-10000&rnid=386465011&s=vacuums&sr=1-2
Is your Levoit an ultrasonic or evaporative? If it's ultrasonic, have you had to deal with white dust? The Levoit LV600HH is easily the humidifier I'm the most interested in, but the white dust from my current ultrasonic humidifier is a big problem for me right now.
Unfortunately I can't find the HCM350 anywhere for a reasonable price. I was eyeing it because it seems like a great evaporative humidifier and I'd like to test one. It's sold out on Amazon, except for a few that are going for double Amazon's price ($130 instead of $65). I don't think there is a new successor to the HCM350 but it's hard to tell.
I'll have to check out the other evaporative humidifiers on wirecutter. The Vornado EV100 looks good, though the tank only holds a gallon and it only outputs a gallon a day. Turns out the EV200 exists and holds 1.5 gallons, but is also sold out on Amazon. Shopping for these things is... frustrating.
How long have you had your HCM350?
Pick up a HEPA air filter/purifier, and give some allergy medications a try, such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra.
I’m loving this air filter that my MIL got us for the holidays: https://www.amazon.com/GermGuardian-Purifier-Allergies-Cleaner-Guardian/dp/B01CTN024Y/
first try getting a mattress and especially pillow protector. We did this for my daughter and saw drastic emprovements. Basically everything has dust mites, put your allergic to there poop, so it's not airborne as much as on things you come in contact with was the way it was explained to us.
Here is what we bought
Wash these about once a week
Carpets are an extreme step, first try getting a mattress and especially pillow protector. We did this for my daughter and saw drastic emprovements.
Sure! This is similar to mine. The filters are replaceable and you can get different ones to suit your needs (like if you need it for construction, etc.)
This is what I use. I haven’t tried that one, but it has Quercetin in it which is very good for allergies. Im sure it probably is good, but I personally would go for something that has Quercetin, Nettle, and other beneficial ingredients instead of just the two.
Edit : after looking at the ingredients I see it is more than just Nettle & Quercetin, but for the same price I’d go with the one I suggested.
Also, have you tried this? It looks similar. The reviews are very good. Not sure which i should try.
My bf has a german shepherd and she would kill my lungs and my allergies would act up. We use a pet dander remover. You can read reviews and see if you’d like to purchase yourself. We had success, good luck!
Allerpet Multi-Pet Dander Remover with FREE Application Mitt & Sprayer - Best Pet Dander Remover for Allergens - For Dog/Cat Dry Skin Treatment - Made in USA - 2 Pack (12oz) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JZJ3X8K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_7W5RFbSD1JSSG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Schizandu Organics Activated Hardwood Charcoal Powder, Vegan 100% Pure Detox | Use for Skin & Body Detoxification, Teeth Whitening, Digestive Health, Hangover Prevention https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01BOFPW34/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_SFBRFb5NBCPCQ
There’s also activated charcoal made from bamboo.
Get an air purifier LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Air Purifier Filter, Quiet Filtration System in Bedroom, Removes Smoke Odor Dust Mold, Night Light & Timer, Vista 200 https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07Q1S7GGJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_.dKNFbAHXYH56
I also have a deviated septum. I spoke to my allergist about it. He said not to jump to surgery, because I am still allergic to many things. My primary care doc said the something similar. He said since I have so many allergies, the surgery may do little to nothing.
I wouldnt jumpy to surgery. I'd do that as a very last resort.
I spoke to the nurse during my last round of allergy shots, and she suggested adding the allegra D to the xyzal and nasacort.
I didn't know you can take both either! I ran it by the doctor as well, and he said it is a good idea.
The sudafed in Allegra D adds the decongestant properties for the stuffy nose. Since you do have congestion and headache, through my experience, I'd recommend a decongestant.
I tried Benadryl Allergy Plus which has a decongestant, but it only lasts 4 hours.
If you do try Allegra D, be mindful it can cause anxiety due to the sudafed. It feels like a few cups of coffee. The Allegra D does not make me anxious but the Claritin D does.
As I noted above, I take the generic version of allegra D, and it works great. The nurse said it works just as well, and it really does.
There are two versions of allegra D, 12 hr and 24 hr. I take the 24 hr. Take it in the morning because it can keep you awake if you take it at night. It's non prescription, it's over the counter.
Edit: for the itchy eyes, I've used this in the past and it worked fine.
Also - I've tried azalastine nose spray, it's an antihistamine nose spray (prescription) , and through my experience, it made me stuffier. But it can be different for you.
This isn't exactly what you asked, but I struggled with it too. The issue I had is that my mattress was maybe 12" thick before and these encasements are more like 16" thick, which is meant for the thicker mattresses.
The issue it created is that the dust mite cover would slide around, bunch up, etc. and that made it hot and uncomfortable. I hated it. But I didn't know what to do and couldn't find products with a snugger fit.
I also realized my mattress was a little old. I went to Amazon and bought a new one (Zinus green tea mattress) that was actually 16 inches thick and allowed the cover to be a better fit. This resolved the fit issue and made it nicer to sleep on.
Because the cover causes sheets to still slide around (it isn't as grippy as the mattress itself), I use those little corner clip things that help keep the cover in place.
It can run a little warm, but isn't as bad as before. I've learned to leave the temperature in my home down a little and use a fan as needed.
Hope that helps a little bit. This is the cover I use: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003PWNH4Q/
He's probably going to be want to be on antihistamines daily. I'm allergic to cats and we have 3. It's not impossible. I take cetirizine (Zyrtec or generic) HCL 1x per day and fluticasone (Flonase or generic) 2x per day. If I don't, I turn into a mess. But I also have nonallergic rhinitis so I needed these meds since before we even had cats.
When he finds allergy meds that work for him, I recommend either buying them through insurance through something like a mail order in bulk, or if you don't have insurance buy them out of pocket on Amazon in bulk for the best bang for your buck. Generic cetirizine is WAY cheaper on Amazon than it is in store at CVS/Walgreens. I also really recommend Flonase's Sensimist product - even though it's a little more expensive than regular fluticasone spray, I find it's far less harsh on the nose and it's a bit more effective.
Beyond that, the only thing related to the cats that messes me up is getting dander in my eyes. You just have to be careful when petting them and get in the habit of not touching your eyes. Wash your hands after interacting with them as frequently as possible. Keep some eye drops on hand in case dander does get in the eyes so you can flush them out a bit.
They're available on Amazon.
a good way to eliminate dust mite fast and chemical free. I have found that UV light is the best way to get rid of these suckers fast. at Amazon there is one on sale this week. hope it will help you .
You might try to purify the air in your home. It may help. You can make an affordable air purifier using a box fan, furnace filter, and grips to hold the filter in place.
Box Fan Filter Grip is a product you can buy Amazon. Link: https://www.amazon.com/new-Box-Fan-Filter-Grip/dp/B07F72D436/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533454195&sr=8-1&keywords=box+fan+filter+grip
If your mother's is just silver-plated, maybe it would still cause a reaction. Maybe you could try a piece and see?
But you can get nickel-free stainless steel flatware for not very much. Like this, for example. Returnable, too.
I also got a rash from arm and hammer deodorant, but for me baking soda is fine. It was something else in there that messed me up.
I make my own deodorant with 3 parts starch (arrowroot, cornstarch, tapioca starch, whatever), one part baking soda and enough witch hazel to get it to a milky viscosity. Mix it well and put it in a squeeze bottle. I add a few drops of essential oil as well.
My daughter uses VaniCream or Sure Original Solid Unscented. Secret “unscented” is very strongly scented and stained her clothes.