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Airborn allergens
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Airborn allergens
As a young person I had zero allergies. Normally I might sneeze a couple times a year, unless I caught a cold, and then only a few times during the cold.

Now I am pushing the big eight-zero, and the airborn allergies are horrible. I never catch a cold any more, but I sneeze 20 times a day, and my nose and eyes drip continuously, in spite of four antihistamines a day. Yet, as soon as I am on my PAP the allergies stop completely. My machine has the HEVA filter. Conclusion: Whatever the allergen(s) is/are, they are airborn. I might add that a mosquito bite stiill raises a welt, and other bug bites the same, but I have no allergies from food/drink; my only problem is airborn allergens. And the PAP machine is the proof.

About year ago my primary care physician ordered a blood test which purported to test for the 30 most common allergens. It came back negative for all 30.

So my question is, does anyone have any ken of airborn allergens and possible remedies? Any suggestions welcome!
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RE: Airborn allergens
JJJ,

I'm in a similar situation with allergies. The tests said I was allergic to dust and dust mites. Even with medications (flonase, claritin) my nose runs frequently and my eyes burn. Only thing that may help for a short time is waashing my face frequently. Sometimes a hot shower helps too. Doesn't help me much that i live in a rather dusty area (active farms close by)

The cpap machine makes most of the symptoms disappear while using it. But in the moring 5 minutes after I stop the machine the waterworks start again.

Wish I had the answer for this, but for now I just deal with it.
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RE: Airborn allergens
Allergies are so weird.
What works for one person doesn't work for others.
I was tested for 91 common allergies (skin pokes) and they all came back negative. Doc diagnosed "non-allergic rhinitis". (So, it's not allergies but they don't know why my nose runs) Real helpful.

What I've found is that I have to rotate antihistamines. 
Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, etc. I take one daily.
So as an example, I'll finish a bottle of Claritin and then switch to Allegra for a bottle, then switch again.
I also take Flonase daily.
Neti pot rinse twice a day.

Four antihistamines a day seems excessive and if it's not working why keep taking all four?
Some antihistamines can elevate heart rate and blood pressure, definitely something to look out for and to discuss with your doctors.
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RE: Airborn allergens
As your CPAP machine is demonstrating, the best way to treat allergies is to get rid of the allergen! So put some air cleaning machines in a few rooms in your house.

Are you taking astelin and flonase nasal sprays? Are you rinsing out your sinuses with the NeilMed sinus rinse kit?
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