Hi, You sound a lot like I me a few years ago. Xolair has been very helpful for me. You may want to talk to your allergist about two other things. 1) Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease - causes impossible to control asthma without aspirin desensitization. 2) Zyflo - would replace Singulair. Instead of modifying leukotriine, this blocks the production of them. It is extremely pricey, but the manufacturer and several foundations help cover the cost.
That is why I suggested looking for a specialist with a fellowship. Additional education and continuing education is required to obtain and maintain a fellowship. Any asthma specialist with a fellowship should be very well versed in the special needs of exercise induced asthma.
Hi, I am sorry, but we cannot talk about specific doctors on the site. Below is a link where you can find a specialist close to you using several search methods. I would recommend you select one with a fellowship in the organization. http://aaaai.execinc.com/edibo/FindAnAllergist
You can also use www.healthgrades.com to research how patients feel about the doctor.
Hi, Weather has been a bear this year. I have not had lasting issues, but the days the weather is changing, I feel it.
Don't forget cedar pollen is rising and falling with the changing weather and wind direction. You may want to increase life style allergen control like sinus rinses and being sure to shower before going to bed.
Hi, There are two choices other than Advair. Dulera and Simbicort. Dulera has a "loyalty" program that greatly reduces costs for the first 6 months you use it, then watch out. It gets pricey. I am stuck with it since I do not metabolize Simbicort effectively and nose dive on it. I won't pay fro Advair, and I recently heard that some insurance companies are not paying for it either.
Hi dilann, I have cramps as well. Asthma meds do tend to deplete magnesium, potassium and Calcium. Low levels of either of them can cause cramps. I do get relief when I supplement all three, but potassium seems to be the most important for me. SonyaView Thread
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What is your doctor telling you about Xolair and IgE? I have been on it for 4 years. My understanding is that Xolair binds with IgE to keep it from triggering further allergic response and does not affect the the IgE level itself.
Why was your level retested? My research indicated that retesting is usually not necessary.
What else you are doing to control you allergies and asthma?
Allergy shots (actually your personal serum) can be very expensive, even with insurance if you have not met your deductible, but it is my opinion that they are very worth it. At some point they will start saving money on other things.
I have been allergic to dogs my entire life (diagnosed before I can remember): but with allergy shots, I am no longer allergic to them. I used to keep tissues in every room of the house, now my teenagers ask, "Where are the tissues?" I have found them to be very effective in improving my overall health and quality of life.
Every person is different, so be patient. It can take a while to see improvement of symptoms, especially with mold allergies. While I did start seeing improvement in symptoms soon after starting therapy, it took four years to realize that I no longer kept the house stocked with tissues.
Singulair can be helpful with allergies, but is really better for allergic asthma. People are different, but I see it more as a supplement to immunotherapy.
Immunotherapy retrains your immune system to stop identifying common substances as allergens. It treats the root cause as opposed to masking the symptoms. Also, Singulair does has some side effects that you may want to look into and discuss with your doctor before starting it.