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We have had one whole day of warm weather and the allergy bug has hit our house already!
Everyone in our family has different allergy issues and different medicines work for each of us. Time to stock up and organize the allergy bin!
My allergies started when I was a little girl. Our Christmas tree wasn’t even decorated before it was put outside on the curb after I started wheezing. Four hospitalizations in 8 months left me on a regimen of daily medications at the age of 2.
When I was in high school, my allergist did a blood test to see how allergic to dust I was. I remember the number 5,000. Essentially, he said I was REALLY allergic to dust.
When I moved to Cincinnati after college, a new allergist ran the routine skin prick test to find out what I was allergic to. I told them don’t do dust – we know I am really allergic to that already. All of a sudden, my arm started swelling. The pricks weren’t all done yet, and the reaction was spreading to the new pricks.
I said, “You did dust, didn’t you?” The reaction went all the way around my arm and was 6 inches high. Yep, dust. I got a steroid and had to redo the testing another day.
After a few years of allergy shots, my other allergies and asthma went away, but I still have a year round allergy to dust.
So I take Wal-Zyr 10 mg tablets year round. It works GREAT!
Hubby has allergies, too. His are more seasonal. Often, he just suffers through without medicine because he couldn’t find a good fit for him.
Funny story! One day a few years ago, I gave him a Wal-Zyr tablet. He slept for THREE days! It was hilarious – to me. So, he has been hesitant to try anything new after that.
Last summer, he couldn’t take it anymore and started trying different allergy remedies.
Wal-itin was the winner!
Unfortunately, both the kids followed in our allergic footsteps.
Two of those allergies are kinda rare. One child had a reaction to a medicine called Dystonia. The only treatment is Wal-dryl. So we had that in liquid form at… the school, in the car, in my purse, in her dance bag, at the babysitters – everywhere!
Now the NEW allergy is called dermatographia. Our case is very mild, but essentially whenever her skin is touched, it releases too much histamine, causing her to be “itchy.” This is especially true at night. Great!
So, the treatment is nightly allergy meds. The doctor would like us to try Wal-zyr and Wal- itin and see which one works better.
So many nights, I have driven blurry-eyed to Walgreens’ 24 hour store to get life saving medicine for my asthmatic son, so I was so happy to partner with Walgreens’ Way to Well Commitment. Beginning February 1, 2011 through December 31, 2014, 1¢ from the purchase of every Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness product, up to $3 million annually, will support bringing preventative wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment®.
Greg and I reflect often on the amazing resources we have to provide for our kids. We want to help in any way we can. Thanks #WellAtWalgreens #CollectiveBias for letting us give back with you.
Setting up my Allergy Station
Whew! Ok, so clearly, we need a station to house all these allergy meds.
I have both a house bin…
…and a car bag.
We keep FULL boxes of tissues in the car year round due to my dust allergy.
Oh, and one more trick I shared in my “we have the flu post,” if your kids take liquid medicine, keep a tub of soapy water to dump the used medicine cups in!
Now you’re ready for…
“God Bless you.”
How do you prepare for allergy season?