Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My allergies

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.26.2008

This summer, my allergies have been awful! I get really bad sinus headaches when my allergies act up and the barometric pressure changes, and this year it’s been awful.

Something I haven’t been doing consistently is eating local honey. This is supposed to help stem allergies, and it makes sense—when I was living in Hawaii, my allergies were ten times worse than they are now. My dad would take me to an allergist every week, and he’d inject me with a little bit of allergens right underneath my skin on my arm. Eventually, my allergies got better.

So eating a bit of allergens in the local honey should be the same, right?

I found this local brand that looks promising:


I hope it works. I’m not sure exactly what I’m allergic to, which flowers or trees or mold or what. Or maybe a combination of everything.

Man, what if I’m allergic to Snickers?! That would be awful!

Any tips or tricks you guys know of to help me out? Have any of you taken local honey for allergies and had it work well for you? Or maybe not work at all?

9 comments :

  1. No idea about the honey but i know its a sterile that doesn't seem to get contaminated. They use it for healing so it cant hurt.
    I hope its not your dog.

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  2. The local honey thing works really well as long as you stick with it so it can build up in your system. My problem is remembering to stick with it. :-P Also, I know a lot of people who have gotten great results from using a neti pot...it's a nasal "wash" system (sorry, trying not to sound gross or TMI). I still haven't quite mastered its use but I thought I'd throw that out there as well...from one allergy sufferer to another. :-)

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  3. Learn something new every day...

    I've always heard that you aren't supposed to give kids under age 2 honey - didn't know why - know I do.

    Not like I have kids to keep away from honey, but its nice to know that honey has allergens in it! LOL!

    P.S. I should get Single Sashimi in the mail today. I know what I am doing tonight :)

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  4. Oh, I'm sorry for your allergies. They are so frustrating. I pray it's not Snickers, but hopefully this honey will work.

    Hang in there!!!

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  5. Thanks, guys!

    My biggest problem is sticking with it, too. Sometimes I forget a day or two.

    Leslie, I hope you enjoy Single Sashimi!
    Camy

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  6. Camy, go to an allergist!

    It's a long, annoying process but at least you'll know exactly what you're allergic to and then you can choose the best treatment--drugs, natural remedies, whatever--that works for you.

    Without an allergist, I'd never have known that my 1 yo had a milk reaction. He's not even allergic to it. I was just overdosing his system with 8 8-oz bottles a day. (My oldest. What did I know?)

    I would never know that same child is truly allergic to grass. Or that my middle child has a severe nut allergy (used to be just about every food so now that it's only nuts, that's not so bad). Or, that my baby boy is severely allergic to fire ants.]

    They can't (or won't) test you for everything on the planet but they can narrow it down and then do more testing if necessary.

    Go to the doctor (and enjoy your honey)!

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  7. I did go to an allergist when I lived in Hawaii (until I was 17 years old) and so I know I'm allergic to a lot of flowers, trees, mold, etc. I'm mildly allergic to animal dander, but my pollen allergies exascerbated my animal allergies. Without the pollen allergens affecting me, my animal allergies were almost nothing. I wasn't allergic to any foods.

    I wasn't having any allergies for the first few years I lived in California, but now they're acting up. Plus I'm getting older, and I'm like my mom--her sinus allergies didn't show up until her mid thirties. So my sinus allergies are showing up now that I'm in my mid thirties.

    I had allergist shots every week for most of my teen years, and they were expensive. I'd rather pay less and try the honey first.

    Camy

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  8. Thanks for this tidbit of info. I am in my mid thirties now and alergies have hit hard! I am going to find some local honey and see if that helps. How much do you have to take per day? Can I use it in tea or does it have to be just a spoon-full, like medicine?
    Sherri

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  9. I take a teaspoon every day in my tea! Yum!
    Camy

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