Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Mold Allergy?

Turns out I am allergic to mold - isn't everyone, though? Mold was the only thing that popped up on my tests today. The doctor said to wear masks when dusting and cleaning or working outside. He also told me to get these special mattress & pillow covers and only use covers that can be washed easily and often on our bed. I got a prescription for Allegra D that I am supposed to take every day and use a nasal rinse every day and especially on days I clean or work outside.

Well, it isn't a serious allergy at all - I figure this applies to...well, everyone - but since I have such bad headaches and migraines I guess it's just a little more painful to me when my sinuses get irritated like that. I hate having to take a pill daily b/c I NEVER remember. I am really going to try, though - put it by my toothbrush and put a few in my purse b/c I know I'll leave the house w/out taking it on days.

It's good that I don't have any serious allergies, but at the same time I kinda wish one thing would have popped up - then the doc would have said, "Oh lookie here - you are severely allergic to SuperRedPollen - I'll give you this pill to treat it and BAM, headaches be gone!!" But no, another dead end to my headaches. If the Allegra helps a little maybe I should just be thankful for that and go back to relying on my Imitrex. I've been to eye doctors, dentists, ENTs, neurologists, headache clinics and GP's looking to find some relief. I think I need to accept the fact that no one knows anything about migraines. *sigh*


  1. At least it is just mold. When I did mine, they may as well have told me I was allergic to breathing in general! Mold, dust, pet dander, grass, trees, pollen, you name it! I use an antihistamine nasal spray twice a day called Astelin that has helped me tremendously. That nasal rinse does help too. Kind of a pain in the ass but it does help. Also pulling up some of our carpet helped too. Now I just need to find the money to replace the rest of the carpet!

  2. I think that migraines are a mystery and always will be to an extent... although I have always been told by doctors growing up that if you can figure out what triggers your migraines you're better off. Have you tried keeping a log? I know it's a lot of work... but we figured out several things that trigger my migraines when I was a child because the Dr. had my mom keep a log (to determine if they were cyclic... or if something I had eaten possibly caused it).


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