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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Allergies

When Kayla was younger she always seemed to have watery eyes, sometimes crusty and gunky too. As a baby it was determined that her tear ducts were blocked and she had them probed to open them. It seemed to help for awhile, but she would occasionally get the watery eyes and nose which was later just chalked up to allergies. She has a prescription for Zyrtec that I use when she has symptoms.

Living in NM I don't think we'll ever get rid of these allergies. We have such high winds, and living in a desert environment - well that just blows the dust, dirt, and pollen everywhere. I don't even remember being affected by allergies before, but since moving here I've noticed I get a stuffy nose, headache, and sneeze often during the changing seasons.

What we need is AccuCleanWhole Home Air Filtration System - this removes up to an unprecedented 99.98% of unwanted particles and allergens from the filtered air in your home. It is also proven to remove more than 99% of the common flu, or influenza A virus, from the filtered air in your home.

I like the search option by zip code for the recommendation of what would be best for your home. They do have dealers in the next town from us, but living in military housing we wouldn't be allowed to install this. I'll definitely keep it in mind for when we retire and buy a house!

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7 comments:

Michelle said...

Hi Michelle, just stopping by to say hi! I love all the pictures of your kiddos on the left!
Have a great day!
Michelle

Mom24 said...

We empathize! We live in Ohio, but have tons of allergy problems also. I'll have to check out the link to the air filters. Thanks.

Lori said...

I am sorry! We live in VA and the pollen here can turn your car a yellowish-green in a couple of hours!
Hope you can take medicine for it too.

Nancy said...

Ah yes. Erik's nasolacrimal ducts swell closed easily when he has a cold or allergies. I always wondered if this has to do with the structure of their eyes (Erik has the prominent epicanthal folds, too). Who knows.

Good info on the air filter. We live in a dirt pile surrounded by trees that produce cubic tons of bright yellow pollen. I'll check it out.

Nicki said...

I feel Kayla's pain... I have ALWAYS had the worst allergies! I'm allergic to just about everything airborne. Its like constantly havng a really bad cold! I wish I could get one of those air filter systems but I can't afford it. :(

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

You know, I was just wondering if Judah was allergic to something here in New Mexico. He has never had any issues before, but the last few days he has been sneezing like crazy. Like 20 times in the space of 5 minutes. It's not usual for him, and he doesn't have a cold. I think I'll watch him really close, with allergies in mind. Hadn't thought about the high winds thing (And boy, does New Mexico ever have high winds!!!!).

-Andrea

Anonymous said...

Hey! Long time allergy sufferer. When I was younger, they didn't have whole-house systems like that, but my parents did a lot of different things for my allergies, as per my allergists instructions.

when i was younger, i had the worst allergies. THE WORST. I was constantly weeping, and I had to get up in the middle of the night and steam vicks so i could breath. Allergist told mom to buy lots of fancy products, and they really work! It doesn't cost that much, and they have lasted for at least 10-12 years for me, under constant use!

I use (to this day, even though my allergies are much better) these things, and they really worked for me:
--fancy covers for my matress and pillows. They are non-permiable so dust mites can't get through. They sell cheaper versions at target, but the really effective ones are from the national allergy people.

--HEPA filter for my bedroom. leave this on high during the day when I'm not in the room, low at night to reduce noise. you just have to keep the door closed so it's not trying to filter the whole house!

--HEPA vacuum filter. we used to vacuum allmost every day. it really helps, and especially when I was of the age that I rolled around on the floor a lot.

--putting stuffed animals in the dryer. this kills the mites and stuff in them. my favorite ones got a spin once a week.

I (my mom) did all these things, and we were still able to keep our family cat. I really reccomend them!

the national allergy foundation has lots of info for ways to reduce allergens.

Just remember, it can get better!
hope this helps!