Because you find that Claritin doesn't last long enough, you might try Zyrtec instead (it's generic and OTC). Most people find Zyrtec to be a tremendous help with their allergies, and may likely improve your asthma triggered by allergies.
I hope that allergy shots help you. I'm starting my 7th year of allergy shots and my allergies and asthma just keep getting better and better. I hope that is your experience, too.
Definitely your mom and sister should have told you sooner to be treated by an allergist/immunologist since those kind of doctors are the experts in allergic disease.
Hope this information helps you. Take care & good luck. JudyView Thread
Have your son be evaluated by an allergist, if you haven't already. An allergist would be able to pinpoint the reason for the recurrent sinus infections and more accurately diagnose asthma. If this were me, surgery for my son would be a last resort. Hope this helps. Take care & good luck. JudyView Thread
There are medical studies showing that, when taken WITH an oral antihistamine, Singulair has a positive synergistic effect. In other words, taking the antihistamine plus Singulair relieves symptoms much better than taking either med, alone.
My experience was that taking Singulair plus my antihistamine helped a lot, especially with congestion.
If you're thinking about taking Singulair instead of Allegra, I think you may find that Singulair alone isn't enough. But ask your allergist if you can try it and see what happens.
If you're tired of taking so many meds, think about starting allergy shots. Sure, it takes years for them to reach full effectiveness, but once they do you will likely be able to cut down on your meds. I'm in year 6 of my shots and the difference for both my allergies and asthma are remarkable.
Hope these thoughts help. Take care & good luck. JudyView Thread
The fibroids are still shrinking; it's supposed to take 6 months or so. Symptoms are all gone, though (yay!). It was a heck of a surgery but worth it.
This is my 6th year of shots, I'll start my 7th year in December. My allergist is one who advocates for taking them forever. He stopped them twice for himself and his symptoms came back each time, so he says if patients want they can just stay on them. His office is 5 minutes away from my home and each shot costs me only about 4 dollars, so I'll probably stay on them forever. I'm similar to you, I'm on Zyrtec, Singulair, Nasonex and Pulmicort. I will try stopping the Singulair first, I'm not sure that really does anything any more.
Unfortunately for the past week it's been too cold to ride....in the low 50s here. I've been doing more hiking than biking until it warms up again (which hopefully it will). Yesterday I hiked 6.2 miles at Starved Rock State Park in IL (south of Rockford) which was nice, but very nippy!
Good to hear from you, Rich! Glad to hear that things have been going pretty well for everyone.
I have permission from my allergist to try dropping my allergy meds (due to good results from allergy shots) but I think I'll wait until winter to try that. If I'm able to drop those then I will only be on Pulmicort. I can't remember the last time I had an asthma flare, nor the last time I was on pred.
I also miss the old boards and some of the characters that have left us (like Sally). Sure was fun.
I am confused about what you wrote: "it's not asthma triggered by exercise but the real EIA." Can you please explain? My understanding is that EIA is indeed asthma triggered by exercise..
There are two more medications you could discuss with your doctor. First, Singulair is reported to help with EIA. Second, a long-acting bronchodilator will also help. Brands of long-acting bronchodilators include Foradil, a dry powder inhaler.
What are your symptoms that you say are not helped by your current medications? Perhaps the symptoms are not from EIA but from something else. For example, exercise sometimes triggers acid reflux, and reflux symptoms would not be helped by Flovent or Proventil (to some extent).
Hope this helps. Take care & good luck. JudyView Thread
One is that eating disrupts a person's normal breathing pattern and can trigger asthma. You may want to take 2 puffs of what you call your "emergency" inhaler (probably albuterol or similar) about 10-15 minutes before eating, so that you can prevent the coughing. If you still cough, you could still take a couple of puffs of the "emergency" inhaler to stop or reduce it.
Two is that if you were just diagnosed with asthma, it sounds like it is not under control yet. When you go back for your check with your asthma specialist (which should be pretty soon since you're newly diagnosed), please discuss this with him/her. If it's still happening by the time of your check up, your doctor may have to increase your asthma controller meds until your asthma is under good control.
Three is, are you absolutely positively 100% sure that you do not have acid reflux? (Some acid reflux is silent, in that it does not cause heartburn symptoms.) Because this also sounds like acid reflux that is irritating your lungs so much you have an asthma attack.
Asthma tends to go hand in hand with acid reflux because of two things: long-acting bronchodilators tend to loosen the lower esophageal sphincter (which prevents acid from coming up into the esophagus), and coughing tends to increase chest pressure and promote reflux. Discuss with your doctor whether you should take an acid reflux med to address this. Even something like Tums would help after eating.
So, to sum up: try using 2 puffs of your "emergency" inhaler 10-15 minutes before eating; use the "emergency" inhaler to stop coughing; and think about eating a few Tums after your meal to reduce acid. And definitely discuss this with your doctor at your early convenience.
Hope some of this helps you - take care & good luck. JudyView Thread
If this were happening to me, I'd consult with an allergist. If these are "pressure hives" then they can respond to medication.
I have read that sometimes it takes several different types of medications to reduce or eliminate the reaction. For example, an oral antihistamine (such as Zyrtec) plus another type of stomach histamine blocker (such as Zantac), or an oral antihistamine such as Atarax.
My understanding is that patients have to try different types and/or combinations of medications to find what works for them. Of course I am not suggesting that anyone experiment on their own; an allergist is best suited to assist patients in finding the right combination of medications.
Anita532, what do you mean "you cannot combine anti-inflammatories"? Sure you can, and physicians prescribe them all the time!
For example, an allergist may have an asthmatic patient taking Flovent and then prescribe oral prednisone for a flare. Other patients with severe asthma may be taking two different inhaled steroids daily, such as Qvar and Pulmicort.
Sorry, you really don't know what you're talking about.View Thread