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Quote from ValarinI tried hypoallegenic pillows, air cleaners, those allergy cases you put your mattress and pillows in, basically followed every suggestion out there. Didn't make a lick of difference. Take the medication routine suggested by your allergist until you find the one that works best for you.
Also, instead of the allergy shots, ask your allergist about allergy drops. Instead of shots you get a specially mixed formula based on your allergies and put 3 drops under the tounge once per night. It's just as effective as the shots, with the obvious benefit of not having to get a needle in the arm every week for 3 years.
Quote from god of cyanidepart of the reason i inquired here is because a lot of what i heard amounted to, "yeah, you're screwed, good luck with that." if that's what it is, then it is what it is. i recently acquired the allergy cases: i started off with a microfiber one that specifically called out for alleviating dust mite allergies. i'm planning on putting it on tomorrow and observing any changes. my mattress is relatively new (~1 year) and, due to a previous bedbug infestation (since remedied), my boxspring is (largely) sealed and i've been using other protective sleeves on my mattress. a coworker had suggested putting the mattress and pillows in plastic cases and then using other coverings to not feel like you're sleeping on plastic; this sounds expensive, so it's last resort trial unless people tell me that's just crazy talk.
i'll ask, but there's a chance that my insurance eats the cost of the shots, which may not be the case for the drops. i'm perfectly OK with the shots (but i may have a different opinion later; i've only taken one shot), which was the doctor's recommendation.
Valarin, good luck with your situation. i feel blessed that dust mites and cats turned out to be my only problems, despite the potential of the dust mite allergy being difficult to overcome.
Quote from ValarinI tried the cheap case, the expensive cases, the "special" (more expensive) cases, plastic cases for the mattress, etc. None of it made a lick of difference. Dust mites don't just live in bedding. I tried air filters, HEPA air filters, dust mite specific HEPA air filters, I removed all the carpet from my house, I steam cleaned the hardwoods, I got special vaccum bags and vacuum filters and scoured the house clean, and all I got for my efforts was a lighter wallet and an uncomfortable bed
Insurance doesn't cover the drops in the US (yet, some insurance companies are considering adding it), they are covered and commonly used in Europe. My drops cost $200 for a 4 month supply. Considering my allergy shots (given the depth and breadth of my allergies) would be two shots in each arm every week, I'm happy to pay $200 to skip 64 injections, not to mention time and hassle driving to the allergists every week for years on end.
Also, shots tend to take at least a year to be effective, drops usually become effective in 6 months
Ehh, they're just allergies. When I got the test done the testing sites on my arms broke out like christmas lights I've been on the drops 4-5 months now and should start seeing improvement in about another month.