My name is "antdust" I'm a new member on this asthma/allergy support forum. And here is my story:
-I've been diagnosed with allergies/asthma for about a year or so (since summer of 2010, right after I stopped breastfeeding my baby son..lol..go figure..). I've had symptoms of allergies since January of 2010 (and I haven't had any allergies before then).
-Specifically, I'm allergic to dust (dust mites, actually) and a specific medication (I'd rather not say what it is here as it's a rare medication and reaction). Lol..Who knows what else I'm allergic to next...
-I was diagnosed with the dust allergy via a skin test. And the medication allergy was found out when I had a severe skin rash reaction and ended up in the hospital because of it.
-I've had many hospitalizations (5-10) since then....symptoms including: chest pain, shortness of breath, severe rashes, severe itching, sinus pressure/pain, arthiritis-like pain, eye infections, etc.
-Since then, I've tried the following allergy/asthma medications: advair, ventolin, q-var (discontinued use), hydroxyzine (occasional use), singulair (discontunued use), predmisdone (discontinued use), epi-pen (for emergencies only), pataday, flonase,....Sigh...nothing has worked fully yet..The allergies keep on coming back!
-I've also had allergy shots for over 6 months (about 25 shots or so total). I haven't had a shot in a few weeks now, due to an allergic reaction I had recently.
-My allergies get worse in the summer and/or humid weather. We don't have an air conditioner, as we can't afford to upkeep such.
-As for housekeeping...We vaccum with a HEPA filter, wash our clothes/bedding/drapes in hot water, and we clean up as much as we can...
Anyways, that's just a quick summary of my story. I'll go further in detail later. Thanks for listening. I look forward to all of your replies, reading all of your stories, and to participating more in this online community.
Feel free too, to post if you have any suggestions, ideas, stories, comments, advice, questions, etc. for me too. Thanks in advance for your help.
Edited August 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm