I am 73 and have stage four breast cancer. I played 18 holes of golf today and shot in the mid 90s. Don't count me out.
I have had allergies all my life....trees, grass, dust mites..that kind of thing.
I had allergy shots for 20 plus years. I had eczema on my hands. Genetic? My dad had psoriasis. I have been thru tubs of steroid creams.
Everything I have learned about my allergies, I have learned on my own and by way of the internet and do we all know how doctors blow you off when they hear that.
My eczema is caused completely by food I am allergic to. In my case soy, egg whites, fish (the good for you fish like salmon), walnuts, flax. I began to ask what do these have in common? Omega three fatty acid. I eat it today and 36 to 48 hours later. Bingo. My hands start to blister. When you are trying to figure out a food allergy like eczema, remember THAT delayed time frame. Really good prescription cream Triamcinolone 0.5% made by Fougera. Must be by Fougera! No PPG or PEG!
I have secondary thyroid. It is not so much rare as grossly misdiagnosed. That is a story unto its self but there is a desacated (pig derived) thyroid from Canada made by Erfa that is wonderful and easy and cheap to get. I include this here because people with thyroid issues commonly have lots of allergies and, sorry ladies, breast cancer. Check out Stop The Thyroid Madness web site.
Back to allergies: After many years of saying I can't take this medication but I don't know why, I learned why. The learning process was slow.
Theallergista.com helped so much. As the FDA has allowed more and more petroleum based products into our lives, we with allergies are being overwhelmed. Demethacone is a byproduct, PEG and PPG, the evil twins, there are 50 verities of each. I'm allergic to all of it. Toothpaste, hair color, makeup, lotions, conditioners. I can go on for pages.
In addition, most of us would not go eat a tree branch for lunch but our foods and medications contain microcrystalene cellulose, tree pulp washed in chemicals, petrochemicals it would guess, turned into a powder that is used to make hard pills and substituted for flour and fillers in ice cream. It's everywhere. I'm allergic.
There was a web site that listed all the different names for the glycols. I have a printed copy of it. You can't find it anymore. When I look a chemical up that I question and it takes me to Dow Chemical, that's all I need to know. In my book, the FDA has sold out to the lobby groups.
If there is even the most remote chance that what I have learned the hard way can help someone else, great.
All my drugs, even ibuprofen, is compounded. But you can't get the new stuff and that truly is a problem that the FDA has created in my attempt to fight my current disease.
My glycol allergies cause inflammation in my esophagus, salivary glands and jaw bone. No skin problems. The medical profession knows next to nothing about these allergies. You must do your own research. A dentist office, a surgeons office, a hospital, anesthesia. They are danger zones. Get liquid prednisone and lots of it. I have lost count on how many times it has kept me out of the hospital.
Miss Allergista, I wrote you a good while back but I have learned a lot since then.
Good luck to all.
First and foremost, my deepest condolences go out to you for what you have been through and are still going through medically. I can't imagine and at the same time, I'm so impressed by the fact that you don't let it keep you down! That's FANTASTIC! Big props to you. Wow.
It warms my heart to know that I've helped you... I'm so grateful to have this platform so that we can all share knowledge and learn a thing or two from each other. I've learned some really important stuff from you guys!
It sounds like you've really had quite the journey. I'm glad that you've been smart enough to figure stuff out on our own. I hope that as your journey continues, you never lose that fight in you! Perspective is so incredibly important.
Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me. It means a lot! If I was unable to get back to you before, I apologize. I get many emails and am unable to get to every one. I wish I had the time to reply to everybody! However, there are many of you and one of me. I love our little community, though :-)
Keep your head up and keep on fighting. XOXO
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