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Old 06-11-2005, 12:41 PM   #61
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You can 'gain' and 'lose' allergies over time.

One old homespun cure that may be helping me see much lower allergy troubles here on the left coast is eating raw local honey. The idea being the stuff is so loaded with all the local pollens and whatnot that you overload on it and lose the allergic reaction to it.

I dont know if that actually works or not, but most of the honey I ate in new england came out of a plastic bear while I drop by the local farmers markets here and pick up a jar while I'm getting my produce.
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Re: Natural Limits to Healthcare Expense Growth?
Old 06-11-2005, 12:47 PM   #62
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While it's true that the immune system peaks at ~35 and becomes less reactive with age, the ER coincidence is hard to ignore.
Perhaps you are allergic to something that you were exposed to at work.

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Claritin saved/changed my life. Constant allergy attacks. Benadryl knocked me out cold. Taking Claritin was like taking the sunglasses off. Weird though, now adays, 6 years after first discovering it, I only get attacks about twice a year, which Claritin clears up right away. Did my body give up trying to punish me?
Same here. One Benadryl and I'm out for the day. My allergies also run in cycles. Iinhalers also work, but only after a couple of days.

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Old 06-11-2005, 12:59 PM   #63
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Often people lose allergies as they get older.

I tried allergy shots for a number of years. They would work fine until I would develop a new allergy. I am just bound and determine to have a hyperactive system.

Now I use Flonase (nasal stuff), Flovent and Albuteral (asthma) and Patanol (eyes). Skip the pills, don't seem to help.

No carpets. Keep a clean bedroom and eliminate stuff from bedroom. New pillows every 6 months. No dogs on bed. Run a dehumidifier. And still asthma.

Maybe when I retire they all will go away.
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Sounds like you're on the same regimen as my wife. She's got allergies and asthma and takes flovent and albuteral. She weaned herself off of most of the other stuff...they had her taking a whole handful of pills on top of the inhalers.

Unfortunately we have permanently disgusting carpets that despite weekly steam cleanings look like muddy dogs just rolled on it. We've talked about ridding ourselves of the carpets and replacing them with pergo. Big job though and a lot of stuff to move.

I wish we could keep the dogs off the bed. No chance of that. Our girl dog wont sleep unless she's under the covers with her back right up against mine. The boy dog whines until we make room for him too.
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So far, my medical problems have been minor enough that I have been able to avoid taking OTC or prescription medicine for most of my adult life. Not even a flu shot. Maybe I've been lucky so far.
I'm not sure how bad some of your allergies get but for me I just endure the discomfort. I may spash water on my eyes to diminish the itching. When I have a sneezing fit, I just curse after each sneeze like a drunken sailor.
Maybe my seasonal allergies are minor compare to most.

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My big worry is taking steroids. Not that my ***** will shrink or anything, but long time use of steroids can impede the ability to heal. My sister in LA has to take tons of pill versions of steroids as well as the inhaled version for her asthma. She had an operation and it took two years to heal.

A friend of my with big dogs put in a Pergo floor. He says never again. Too slippery. The dogs are always skittering about and falling down. How about cork? Easy on the feet and naturally mold resistant.
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Hmm...thanks for the word on the pergo. Ours already slide around on the vinyl kitchen floor. Wow, my genetically enhanced intelligence should have caught that one Sounds like some other options are in order.

I cant help but ask what the word was that got '*****'ed out above...inquiring minds want to know...
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Begins with b. (Dangers of anabolic steriods. If you're male, you can get erection problems, grow breasts, become sterile and develop acne. It can also make your testicles shrink. Quite a big price to pay for impressive muscles.)
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Begins with b.* (Dangers of anabolic steriods.* If you're male, you can get erection problems, grow breasts, become sterile and develop acne. It can also make your testicles shrink. Quite a big price to pay for impressive muscles.)
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Begins with b. (Dangers of anabolic steriods. If you're male, you can get erection problems, grow breasts, become sterile and develop acne. It can also make your testicles shrink. Quite a big price to pay for impressive muscles.)
Uuuh, and guys take this stuff to look more manly? I always thought bodybuilders had muscular chests, guess those are just breasts like mine.
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Perhaps you are allergic to something that you were exposed to at work.
Could be-- like 60-hour weeks or co-workers?

It started in San Diego and followed us back to Hawaii. *Everything about the two commands was different (except for the hours & associates). *Allergen skin scratch tests showed a moderate response to dust mites. *(There's those military medical benefits again-- ironically severe allergies are considered disqualifying for submarine duty.) *So we bought the mattress & pillow covers and it didn't seem to make a detectable difference. *But it could have.

I'd go off the Flonase periodically, live with the congestion, and a month or two later I'd come down with an ear infection. *

The last time I went off the medication was a couple months after starting ER-- BAM, another ear infection. *I tried it again six months later and I've been allergy-free for over two years. *I take a squirt or two a year when I'm fighting off a virus or a respiratory infection (those are agreeably rare these days too) but I wonder if that's just a placebo effect.

Or maybe the surfing gives me regular therapeutic sinus flushes (with occasional sand scrubs). *I'm a big believer in saline hydrotherapy. *

Eight feet on the south shore yesterday, and the kid got herself up on the shorter (8 foot) board. *We met a neighbor who's eagerly anticipating his Navy retirement in a couple years-- we surveyed the beach scenery and agreed that life is good.
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Is that you Ed Teach?

Once again, my primary achievement around here appears to be guys that want to have sex with me, see naked pictures of me, or show me their snake.

Does your wife know about this unusual leaning you have Johnny? :P
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... guess those are just breasts like mine.
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Amen brother.

If I took something and grew breasts, I probably wouldnt have ever left the house again...
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Yep, he wants to 'evaluate' my weener. :P
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Well - looks like Arlene is in the bag for us - nice 2-4' rollers coming in - no rain.

Now - what have I missed in nudity, allergies, steriods, and what the heck is thread about anyway?
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Its a step up from bull sperm.

Not a big step up.
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Well, John, it took you over 5000 posts to get to the point, but I see that you've finally "revealed" the real reason you're here!
Nah, I just think th is a "little nuts" and I wanted to see the photo
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Could be-- like 60-hour weeks or co-workers?

Or maybe the surfing gives me regular therapeutic sinus flushes (with occasional sand scrubs). I'm a big believer in saline hydrotherapy.

Eight feet on the south shore yesterday, and the kid got herself up on the shorter (8 foot) board. We met a neighbor who's eagerly anticipating his Navy retirement in a couple years-- we surveyed the beach scenery and agreed that life is good.
You mean 2-3 right We surfed the south side yesterday in shoulder high waves. It was windy and choppy, with Lanai blocking the swell. Arggg.

The regular sinus flush seems to help me too.
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