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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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momathome wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:05 AM

I have them to many of the same things you do, thankfully not as severe though (knock on wood). What's so weird about it is when I lived in the country I didn't have as much trouble with dust as I do in the house I live in now living in a rural town with no gravel roads in sight. I can't understand where all the dust keeps coming from!

PattyTherre wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:33 AM

I cant figure it out but this has to be the dustiest house ever. It's everywhere no matter how much I dust or try to keep the levels down. I need air purifiers I think. I had one once and didn't notice much difference but something has to give. I am less allergic in the summer when I can get out of the house into the fresh air. Outdoor allergies don't bother me nearly as much.

bestwriter wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:57 AM

It can be quite a bother really as I do not think you will find a place on earth that is not dusty :(

momathome wrote on January 4, 2015, 1:04 AM

PattyTherre I'm okay outside unless the pollen count is super high, like you the dust allergies get to me worse. I expected a lot of dust when I lived on a gravel road out in the country, I just can't understand why I have so much more now that we live in town! I could dust every day and you still would find dust everywhere. Even my husband has noticed how much worse the dust is here and that is saying something.

luisga814 wrote on January 4, 2015, 3:50 AM

Me too. I am very much allergic with dust. That is why in terms of housekeeping, my wife do all the things. My only participation is to say thanks.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 4:34 AM

I didn't start to have any allergy issues until I moved here, but mine aren't as severe as yours. I can keep mine under control with nasal sprays for the time being. Have you seen any alternative health practitioners? There may be more natural ways than you've tried so far to deal with this.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on January 4, 2015, 5:58 AM

omg I feel orry for you dust is one thing that never goes away I sneeze and get a runny nose too but not as bad as yours. ope you feel better

WordChazer wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:01 AM

I'm not good wth dust either. Rapeseed flowers are worse though... This is part of my idea of trying to declutter so I have fewer bits and pieces to catch the dust with.

Anja wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:46 AM

My father had very bad allergies and my brother does as well. I have seen how much suffering allergies can cause someone and consider myself lucky to have escaped with only the occasional seasonal allergy now popping up in my middle years. I am AnjaPoulsen at Bubblews, btw. Nice to see you here.

Natalie wrote on January 4, 2015, 10:50 AM

That's horrible. My daughter is allergic to dust mites as well, but not as severly as you are.

Kat- wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:49 PM

Wow, another old Epinions member, what a small world! I suffer from all the allergy problems you do, although I would say the dust isn't as severe as yours. According to the allergist when I was a kid, I'm allergic to just about everything green that grows. I hope it all calms down and you can make it to your party.

McIntire wrote on January 4, 2015, 6:54 PM

Patty, have you tried using Pledge Dust and Allergen? I'm not real allergic to dust, etc., but when I start cleaning and the dust kicks up, I start sneezing. This spray really seems to help and seems to actually repel dust longer

PeggyWds wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:57 PM

Hi Patty,

I suffer with allergies also and take a daily antihistamine pill but still have the itchy, red eyes which burn along with nasal congestion. Not fun.

PattyTherre wrote on January 4, 2015, 10:25 PM

That is odd. Maybe the air is just dirtier where you live. I wonder of we have so much dust because there is a stop sign out front and cars stop and then zoom off leaving a trail of dist behind. I just know it's awful to deal with.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:00 AM

That must be horrible. My daughter is allergic to dust too, but not nearly as badly as you.