So...last year I managed to develop hayfever.
I thought it was a mild seasonal thing. I don't really know what I'm allergic to because the tests come back negative, but I think it must be at least some trees (cons said presumably not the ones tested for but agreed if I was reacting around certain plants/trees it made sense to assume it was a reaction to those and they hadn't been included in the tests. I was sure birch was one but that came back negative).
However, it's winter now and I've still had issues with frequently blocked nose and watery eyes. Because the allergy tests were negative I don't know what it is - not pets I don't think as there are none where I live, and reallly hoping not dust as I don't want the faff - but can be just as bad out and about (would air pollution cause this?)
I'm on fexofenadine 180mg and also flixonase nasal drops - harder to apply than the Avamys spray I had before but seems more effective as it's the same steroid but I have far fewer issues with my nose at the moment though my eyes are watering almost all the time - still annoying but probably better for my sleep. Also on montelukast 20mg - that is meant to be for the asthma but I know it is an anti-allergy medication as well.
I didn't think I had 'allergic' asthma but then my total IgE also acts weirdly - 1024 which is really high when measured in Feb 2012, then 80 in July last year and 50 in Sept - cons is confused and so am I, not sure what would make it drop that much esp as allergic and asthma symptoms have if anything got worse. Poss pred as been on lots last year?
This is a bit rambling but basically as my asthma is being a massive massive pain right now (I am finding it really hard to get off pred and a lot of things are setting it off, having admissions more than I'd like etc (ok so I'd like none at all but still feel it's too many), I wondered how the allergy stuff fits in and what I could do about it, as possibly helping that might help the asthma too? I did ask cons about it on this basis but he seemed utterly uninterested and not inclined to pursue it any further once the allergy tests/IgE etc came back -just said keep taking the antihistamines and nasal drops which I am doing (and I'm grateful that he looked beyond the tests) but they aren't doing the whole job it seems so wondering if there could be an improvement made here and if that might in turn help the asthma.
KaylaCP, I know you have a lot of issues with allergies and think you see an allergist separately? But do others also see a separate allergy consultant or do you discuss it with resp consultant? My allergies aren't severe or life-threatening, just a bit annoying and as I said I feel like it might be worth looking into in case it helps with the asthma.
I have an appt on 5th Feb with asthma cons but there'll be a lot to discuss and not sure if there'll be time for this though I will try to raise it. I'm also seeing my GP this Fri (mainly to discuss clinic appt as she asked for it to be brought forward asap when she couldn't get me off the pred) but again timing issues and not sure if she can help?
Has anyone found the AUK nurses helpful here (I have found them really good on asthma advice but not sure if this is part of their remit)? THought I might give them a ring this week. I'd rather not have to see any more doctors if I can help it tbh - feel a bit over-doctored right now not to mention the appts are really awkward with work!