Why am I dealing with these allergies?
September 1, 2011 12:51 PM Subscribe
Why are my allergies flaring up, and why does it react differently between food and fuzz?
posted by Saydur to health & fitness (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've just found recently that some Thai food makes my nose run almost uncontrollably. There may or may not be sneezing, but there is a lot of runny snot. There are no other symptoms and the running stops not long after I've left the restaurant. The trouble is, this doesn't kick in every time, nor is it exclusive to genuine Thai food. The Thai Pie at Old Chicago triggers my nose just as bad. Tom Yum noodle soup the other day set me off terribly. At the same time, plenty of other Thai food doesn't set me off including extremely spicy curries that leave me sweating. I'm completely baffled since Old Chicago shouldn't set me off if it were any sort of fish sauce. I've never had any problem with spicy food and still eat tear-jerking dishes without trouble. The two dishes I'm 100% certain on are the Tom Yum noodle soup and the Thai Pie, which seem to have virtually nothing in common.
I have moved into a new apartment about two years ago, although these issues haven't really shown up until the past year. I did have a few respiratory issues as a child, but these were mostly caused by family cats. I do find that if I sleep with a fuzzy blanket, I also tend to wake up dry and possibly needing to cough up phlegm which becomes very difficult since my throat is so dry. Drinking 96+ ounces of water/Gatorade in a day helps some, but it's not always enough.
It's inconvenient and irritating, yet it doesn't show any signs of being serious. I'm not particularly keen on seeing a doctor unless this really is potentially serious, as my schedule makes seeing him a full day off ordeal not to mention any expensive tests are not welcome. I take Zyrtec on a daily basis but it's not as effective as it once was. Allegra-D helps a fair bit, but once I take decongestants for more than a few days, stopping for even a day results in a miserable blowback. My doctor tried me on Nasonex for a week and it works quite well, but I'm terrified that it will have the same decongestant "addiction" problems.
The worst part? I'm not even sure these two are related, but they sure seem to be. Am I overlooking anything here, should I just bounce around on new OTC stuff in the hopes it will work for a while, should I go in for a doctor visit and hope something works out after all, or am I overlooking a serious threat that I should schedule a doctor's visit for now?