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post #11 of 19 Old 03-28-2014, 03:03 PM
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15 years ago, I had allergies so bad I was barely able to function. Horrible nasal congestion, asthma attacks, itchy eyes that would swell shut, the whole nine yards. Medication and shots did not work and I was at my wits end. I just stayed inside all summer - and still felt miserable. I had acupuncture as a last resort because I read somewhere it might help. I didn't think it would work, but it did wonders for me. I go back every five years for a 'refresher', but I can be outside all day now without any issues.

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15 years ago, I had allergies so bad I was barely able to function. Horrible nasal congestion, asthma attacks, itchy eyes that would swell shut, the whole nine yards. Medication and shots did not work and I was at my wits end. I just stayed inside all summer - and still felt miserable. I had acupuncture as a last resort because I read somewhere it might help. I didn't think it would work, but it did wonders for me. I go back every five years for a 'refresher', but I can be outside all day now without any issues.
Interesting. It's probably one of the few things I haven't tried.
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Buy local honey, that has not been processed, and take a TBSP each morning. This puts the allergens into your body, like allergy shots do...with no sticking.

And can use it on biscuits, in coffee...but works.

Been doing it since '85, and works every time.

Local farmers markets will carry it, but can also check with your state's apiary society to find beekeepers in your area.

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Buy local honey, that has not been processed, and take a TBSP each morning. This puts the allergens into your body, like allergy shots do...with no sticking.

And can use it on biscuits, in coffee...but works.

Been doing it since '85, and works every time.

Local farmers markets will carry it, but can also check with your state's apiary society to find beekeepers in your area.
So do you start with just a drop of honey and gradually work your way up to a spoon full?
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I would definitely try the honey idea! Honey is so good for your body, also if you can check your old over the counter meds that you have tried and see if they are Extended Release(ER). Because you may be getting too high of a dose at once instead of it being released over a period of time. Also supplement with some vitamins(even a multivitamin) and there are also some others that will give you energy without the use of caffeine( I use the Now brand that has energy capsules). I have to take Loratadine (Zyrtec) Extended release every day for allergies and I supplement with the Now Energy capsules along with my multivitamin.
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I'm just putting this out there because it worked for me.
It sounds odd, but this is my second year of 90% reduced allergies, and I'm allergic to horse dander, most grasses, weeds, molds, broom, yada .....

I got introduced to Serrapeptase, which is an enzyme produced from silk worms, when a friend of mine fell off a cliff onto her knees. She said she was taking it because it digests scar tissue. Fair enough, both my husband and I have areas of scar tissue on us so I began taking it. At first I was taking 30K IU once or twice a day, and this was at the beginning of my allergy season (Mid April). It didn't seem to do anything. I read that due to serrapeptase not reacting to anything high doses were ok, so I did 90K to 120K -on an EMPTY stomach. In a week's time I noticed my allergies had almost disappeared.

That was two years ago. I don't normally take serrapeptase all year long, but begin in January or February. This year, I began to take it in march consistently just once a day, and right now, my allergies are 95% gone. I do have the odd sneeze or running nose - for a minute or two. But nothing compared to what I had.

My theory of how serrapeptase works for me is that it reduces inflammation in the small intestine. I might have food sensitivities but not food allergies. If this stuff can reduce the inflammation in the gut, then environmental stressors like pollen and dander don't push an already overloaded immune system further. I would not say there is scar tissue in my gut, but certainly it seems to reduce inflammation to such a degree I don't get allergies.

This is just worked for me, but maybe it will help someone else. Serrapeptase has been found beneficial for those with fibrosis in the lungs as it does digest and clear the scar tissue.
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I'm just putting this out there because it worked for me.
It sounds odd, but this is my second year of 90% reduced allergies, and I'm allergic to horse dander, most grasses, weeds, molds, broom, yada .....

I got introduced to Serrapeptase, which is an enzyme produced from silk worms, when a friend of mine fell off a cliff onto her knees. She said she was taking it because it digests scar tissue. Fair enough, both my husband and I have areas of scar tissue on us so I began taking it. At first I was taking 30K IU once or twice a day, and this was at the beginning of my allergy season (Mid April). It didn't seem to do anything. I read that due to serrapeptase not reacting to anything high doses were ok, so I did 90K to 120K -on an EMPTY stomach. In a week's time I noticed my allergies had almost disappeared.

That was two years ago. I don't normally take serrapeptase all year long, but begin in January or February. This year, I began to take it in march consistently just once a day, and right now, my allergies are 95% gone. I do have the odd sneeze or running nose - for a minute or two. But nothing compared to what I had.

My theory of how serrapeptase works for me is that it reduces inflammation in the small intestine. I might have food sensitivities but not food allergies. If this stuff can reduce the inflammation in the gut, then environmental stressors like pollen and dander don't push an already overloaded immune system further. I would not say there is scar tissue in my gut, but certainly it seems to reduce inflammation to such a degree I don't get allergies.

This is just worked for me, but maybe it will help someone else. Serrapeptase has been found beneficial for those with fibrosis in the lungs as it does digest and clear the scar tissue.
That is very interesting. I've never even heard of that. I did notice that when I eat less gluten that I feel and look better overall so with me it might just be gluten overload.
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I would definitely try the honey idea! Honey is so good for your body, also if you can check your old over the counter meds that you have tried and see if they are Extended Release(ER). Because you may be getting too high of a dose at once instead of it being released over a period of time. Also supplement with some vitamins(even a multivitamin) and there are also some others that will give you energy without the use of caffeine( I use the Now brand that has energy capsules). I have to take Loratadine (Zyrtec) Extended release every day for allergies and I supplement with the Now Energy capsules along with my multivitamin.
Interesting. I haven't really noticed a difference with the ER vs regular; they all make me equally drowsy. Taking them at night helps a little bit but I'm still in a fog the next day and by the time I get to the barn they've worn off completely. I already take a boatload of vitamins but haven't tried the energy capsules so I will look into that. Thank you!
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this is a strange tip, and I didn't read your responses so sorry if someone suggested these things...

I'm a singer in addition to a rider and there are a few things that really help me as a singer because my allergies really mess up my singing voice and it's awful.

I don't use all of these tips but:
1) take a shower before bed or after being outside at the end of the day to wash all of the pollen from you
2) get baby shampoo (tear-free) and shampoo your eyelashes and eyes every night because pollen collects there and irritates your eyes while you sleep
3) consider taking your allergy medicine right maybe an hour or so before you go outside.

I personally take Zyrtec liquid-gels (one per night) every evening and that fortunately works well for me. I also have Nasonex nasal spray which really helps with post-nasal drip and my sinuses, which is a slightly separate but related issue.

I know how you feel, but just don't give up! Your body is trying to fight irritants I'm sure and I wouldn't be surprised if you strengthen and become more immune to your allergens :)
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