I am SO allergic to dust!
I am severely allergic to dust and dust mites. I have other allergies as well to mildew, mold, must, and outdoor things but dust will kill me every time. I was just upstairs in a spare bedroom wrapping gifts for an extended family Christmas party I am going to tomorrow. I was in there for all of two minutes before the symptoms kicked in.
My eyes started to water and my nose was runny. I started to sneeze and felt warm and uncomfortable. I HAD to get the gifts wrapped so I continued on. My eyes were itching like crazy and I started coughing. When I came downstairs, I saw that my eyes are all puffy and red and they continue to water. I have an eye issue as it is, a blood clot burst in my retina a year ago and I am still getting injections in that eye to keep the swelling behind my eye down. I don't need more eye issues.
I tried in the past wearing goggles and gloves but that didn't work. Taking an antihistamines worked ever so slightly. I use allergy nasal sprays daily and I try to stay away from very dusty areas but there are times when that is impossible. Sometimes, I get fluid buildup in my ears which leads to vertigo after being in a dusty area and I am so afraid that will happen now. I can't miss this party!
Allergy injections are dangerous and I would need them weekly for two years to even see any difference and even then, they probably wouldn't help much. The only way to avoid dust would be to live in a bubble. Strip the rugs, curtains, and get rid of everything that collects dust. Get large air purifiers for each room and stay far away from places that are even slightly dusty. That will never happen so I will continue to suffer with these allergies. If I just stop at the red puffy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and flushed feeling, I would be OK with it. If it turns into more, like vertigo, I will be one unhappy woman. I wish they would discover a way to zap allergies easily but those who suffer as I do know that isn't even on the horizon.
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