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Loucheroo, you were right. I have non-allegic rhinitis. Since the scratch and blood tests came back I have been somewhat bitter about the world of medical science and its shortcomings. After talking with the doc, a lot of things make sense. Mostly, I feel justified to yell l TOLD YA SO a lot. Some examples:

Because I do not have a specific allergy, it is not the composition of the "stuff" but the size of the stuff.

1. I react to FREAKING DUST - NOT DUST MITES. I have never bought the dust mite theory and feel smug that in my particular case it is the dust itself. It also means that yes, I really do get sick when I dust. It is not my imagination, preciousness, or laziness. While it is theoretically possible that I could help myself with very frequent dusting before the levels got harmful, in practice this means that buying a super-duper whole house filter was a very good idea. We are also looking into hiring a pro.

2. Line 4 of the informative pamphlet states that one aggravator is, and I quote, ATMOSPHERIC CHANGES. I literally react to the weather. Yes, I am a vers libre poet, but I am also physically tied in to the weather.

3. Per the doc, STRONG SCENTS AND PERFUMES are also a problem. There is no use trying to figure out which element in particular is bothering me, it is the intensity level. In other words, stop bathing in the stuff lady (or occasionally gentleman), you are making me ill.

Also, the Nasonex did not help much, which was another factor discouraging me this past month. I am supposed to call the doc back in a week to tell him if medication B, Astepro, helps. I could call him now. This stuff helps a lot. It is amazing. I am wondering how my life will change after I get used to my head feeling this clear.

Another side effect of the non-allergicness - cats are ok. I was never going to give them up. In fact, one reason for pursuing allergy testing was to see if I could get shots so that I could be happier while living with cats. There will be no help from shots, but at the same time no need for them.

Must dash, I need to drive across town and back to be in the same physical space with a piece of paper and then buy some desks for my new office. More on that later.

Date: 2010-09-23 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah yes, Astepro is what they have me on for the sinus issues too. It does clear things up doesn't it? Not quite as good as pseudoephedrine, but in the long run probably better for you.

I do the 'pressure changes/weather' thing too. Does Astepro work for that? I thought it was just the dust/allergens...

Date: 2010-09-23 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dunno, I'll have to wait for the next storm ;). I think I might need to have some pseudo-backup for that. I asked the doc about just taking pseudoephedrine regularly and he said to keep it to as-needed.

Date: 2010-09-23 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I react to changes in weather as well as change of season...and heaven knows what else...I just know that I have to start taking meds as soon as I feel like I am getting stuffy or I end up with a full fledged infection and on antibiotics...and my head sounds like a rain stick when I am trying to sleep...

Date: 2010-09-23 11:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ximinez
Do you know if Astepro is related to Astelin?

Date: 2010-09-24 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The actual drug is azelastine HCl. That sounds similar, but I have no idea if they're actually related.

Date: 2010-09-24 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That sucks. Atmospheric changes kick off my asthma and I take a lot of flak for complaining about coworkers' perfume, so you have an instant sympathizer here. Hope the meds work for you.

Some of my family will half-jokingly threaten to spray EnDust on the cats. The main problem, we decided, would be taking them outside to shake the dust out. :)

Date: 2010-09-25 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh, I'd like to see that. The doc specifically listed strong perfumes as an irritant and I am sure that if I had coworkers, he would have been happy to write me a note. Let your coworkers stuff it. Then again, that kind of attitude is probably one reason why I am so happy without coworkers.


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