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Am I paranoid, or am I just insane?

I’m really just so confused right now. I dont know what is wrong with me but for the past 3 months I’ve been having little to none sleep. I get good days where I feel fine, but it all goes down hill for another week or two. This feeling always happens whenever I’m about to go to bed at night, or when I’m left alone for too long. The feeling of being watched and someone wanting to kill me. Literally I’m sleeping with 3 knives, and a spray can of whatever I get my hands. I’m terrified, and I don’t know why. Please someone help me and just tell me what I have and what I need to do?!! I used to sleep with noises to make me distract myself but that has started to not work lately, and now I can’t sleep without a light on. not a tiny lightblub, I mean a full fledged keep the entire room lit lightbulb. Someone help.

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Fear means ‘anxiety’–and anxiety can make you physically sick/ not sleep/ etc. Sleep is extremely important. It strengthens you so you can function during the day. There are relaxation exercises you can do to lower your enxiety. Also non0-addictive (over the counter) sleeping aids, such as valerian, melatonin, l-tryptophan. Some people take a Benadryl (ehich is for allergies), because it makes them tired. As for sleep; make your room/bed as comfortable as possible. Leave on a radio, softly, and a light–if that makes you feel safe. You could see your doctor, but he/she probably will tell you what I have. Or send you to a psychiatrist. I would avoid violent movies/books/tv shows–and keep things “light-hearted”.

Is it normal to develop adverse reactions and allergies to most medicines?

Almost every medicine I’ve ever been put on has resulted in either a full-blown allergy (bad rash) or pretty bad adverse reactions. When I don’t have bad reactions, I still react in someway, which makes me not want to take medicine for most problems. It’s not just drugs that my body has bad reactions to. When I was allergy tested as a teenager, I tested positive for allergies to everything, including the saline. Is there something wrong with my system?

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When my liver started to become severely weakened the first signs was rashes and itchings first in the backs of my knees and inside the arms that eventually spread to other places. I would react allergically to meds or a lotion or the chlorine/fluoride that is being re-absorbed through the skin after the hot water washes out all the skin oils. IF I may let me explain why if I were you I would make the choice to look for “toxic-triggers” and to reduce them in order to make the skin-organ stronger. In the past I also have had many problems with asthma and with skin rashes and itchings. I have learned that all the things that trigger these problems are very very toxic to everyone’s health and I have learned to ‘run’ from them. I also ‘eventually’ learned that my nutrition was below what it needed to be, so that I could easily have an allergic reaction to something that was toxic, AND my skin and/or lymph and/or kidney and/or liver organs were not strong enough to deal with it quickly, so the rash/itchings were a continual ‘warning.’ I have since learned that better nutrition will make the skin and ‘purifying’ organs stronger in order that they can more easily deal with toxins that we all might have a hard time identifying and running from. (Google browse: “Pellagra-Wikipedia”) I know this from my own experiences with myself and others since these were also my triggers and when we are all under stress we usually consume-apply things that are more toxic to us, whether alcohol, cigarettes, pharmaceuticals, or eating too many calories or high- glycemic calories from carb-sugar-starches. Toxins include chlorine and fluoride in the drinking and shower water, or pesticides preservatives nitrates chemicals synthetics or enrichments in foods, or pharmaceuticals you have consumed or applied on your skin, or molds or smoke or aerosols. I hope you learn your triggers and make the choices to become stronger. A1 Source: IF you are interested, I feel I have become an expert on rashes and pruritus itchings after many years of off and on flare ups. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better nutrition is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: <> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091016160457AAkysKW <>. I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them. My best to you and yours. A1- nutritionist

How can I stop my eyes from tearing from allergies?

I have bad allergies and my eyes always tear and get red and irritated. Sometimes if I don’t think about it it goes away but it’s hard not to think about that.

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If you are having bad allergies there are 2 approaches to the problem. First off you can try oral medications like zyrtec (certizine), Claritin (loratadine), or Allegra (fexofenadine). I would suggest zyrtec or allegra since they have less sedating side effects as compared to claritin. They are antihistamines and work by inhibiting histamine release from cells in your nose and eyes called mast cells. These cells release inflammatory mediators such as histamine in response to an “allergy”. Another great effective way to stop your eyes from tearing up is to use a topical treatment such as antihistamine eye drops. All eye drops on the market have a decongestant medication which will reduce the redness by constricting the blood vessels in your eye and you must purchase one with also an antihistamine. I suggest you use Visine-A (Naphazoline and Pheniramine maleate) which will work great. It will work within minutes of application since its applied directly to your eye. Use the eye drops a couple times a day for a few days if your eyes are the biggest concern and your runny nose. Use the eye drops for a temporary solution, but if you have daily and long term allergy issues, switch over to the oral medication I mentioned above.

Is it possible to develop allergies from a blood transfusion?

I had a blood transfusion when I was 20. Prior to the transfusion I never had a reaction with medications or allergies of any kind. About a month after the transfusion I had a severe reaction to penicillin. The following spring I began to develop allergies. It’s the only thing I can think of that would trigger a sudden onslaught, although I’ve heard that you can develop allergies as you age. So I’m wondering if I could have picked something up from the blood I recieved?

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It’s definitely possible, but more likely that you’re just developing allergies at this stage in your life. It is very common. the only true way to rule this out is to contact the hospital or lab or doctor who provided the transfusion to you. Either way it won’t change what you’re now experiencing. For more information on allergies and your symptoms, go to this website: http://www.symptoms-treatments.com/symptoms/allergy-symptoms.php

How can I prevent my baby from developing allergies?

I’ve heard that delaying the introduction of solid foods to a baby will reduce her chance of developing allergies. Is this true? Are genetics involved in any way? Are there foods I should avoid giving my baby? Sorry to lump all these questions together, but they’re related 🙂 Thanks, Mandy

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Allergies are complex and mysterious. I know, I’ve suffered through a lot of allergic reactions. Not even doctors can agree on where they come from or what to do about them but there are a few generalities that I know of. Genetics do indeed affect your propensity to allergies but there is very little you can do about genetics so once you know that you are in a high risk group thats all thats good for. Food allergies are specific to the person. One person might be fine with peanuts and react to orange juice or maybe vice versa. Milk products, to which I’m allergic, are a common source of allergies as well as lactose intolerance. Many children are lactose intolerant and don’t technically have any allergies at all. They are easy to confuse. Lucky me, I’ve got both. With food allergies, you can get tested by an allergist to find out which foods are bad and which foods are OK or you can try an elimination diet. An elimination diet basically means that you remove all suspect foods and then slowly reintroduce them one by one and see what happens for yourself. Airborne allergies are my biggest problem and a problem for many allergy sufferers. Pollen is a common problem but for me, its not a problem at all. (people are often allergic to more than one thing and often allergic to the same things but not always) For me the problem is smoke, perfume and dust. These are also common irritants for many many people. For smoke, its relatively easy. Don’t smoke around the child and make sure that he/she is always in a non-smoking environment. Thankfully this is easier these days. Avoiding perfume is much more difficult. This is a big problem for me. Its not just the product named ‘perfume’, there are perfumes in thousands of cosmetic and cleaning products and they are all bad for allergy sufferers. Use unscented cosmetics and unscented soaps as much as possible. Dust and animal hair are also very common allergies and its actually an allergy to a tiny insect called the dust mite. Dust mites live in places like animal dander or in your pillowcase (in tiny specks of skin from your scalp). To reduce the effects of mites, clean bedding in hot water frequently and/or use specially designed sheets. This is just a taste as there are many different allergies and many different solutions. If you think that it is going to be a major problem, see an allergist. There is information out there as well as specialty stores that sell products for various sensitivities.

Can Spring Allergies make you feel like an asthmatic?

I have allergies and this spring has been especially brutal. There is a ton of pine pollen and cottonwood in my backyard and it is getting to me. My question: Can allergies make you feel like you can’t breathe? I mean like you can’t get enough air in your lungs (not congestion of the nose) ??? Am wondering if I need to see a doctor. I think this is how it must feel to have asthma.

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Is it ok to recieve the H1N1 vaccine with allergies?

My daughter takes allegra daily for allergies. Should she get the H1N1 vaccine? If so, should she get the shot or spray?

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Considering that vaccines can trigger or worsen allergies and autoimmune diseases, I would say that it is not a good idea for your daughter to get the H1N1 vaccine. If you are leaning toward giving her the vaccine, though, I recommend that you read the package inserts in full, and also some VAERS reports to get an idea of the kinds of side effects people are having. Package inserts for the H1N1 vaccines in the U.S. http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm181950.htm VAERS reports (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) shot: http://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?TABLE=ON&GROUP1=AGE&GROUP2=&GROUP3=&GROUP4=&GROUP5=&GROUP6=AGE&GROUP7=&EVENTS=ON&PAGENO=1&PERPAGE=10&ESORT=NONE&IDNUMBER=&PRECISION=2&CUSTOMAGE1=&CUSTOMAGE7=&CUSTOMAGE13=&CUSTOMAGE2=&CUSTOMAGE8=&CUSTOMAGE14=&CUSTOMAGE3=&CUSTOMAGE9=&CUSTOMAGE15=&CUSTOMAGE4=&CUSTOMAGE10=&CUSTOMAGE16=&CUSTOMAGE5=&CUSTOMAGE11=&CUSTOMAGE17=&CUSTOMAGE6=&CUSTOMAGE12=&CUSTOMAGE18=&SYMList=&WRITEUP=&CUR_ILL=&HISTORY=&action=Find&VAX%5B%5D=FLU%28H1N1%29&VAXCNT=&VAXMAN=&VAXLOT=&VAXDOSE=&VAXROUTE=&VAXSITE=&PRIOR_VAX=&OTHER_MEDS=&V_ADMINBY=&V_FUNDBY=&L_THREAT=&LAB_DATA=&NUMDAYS%5B%5D=&ER_VISIT=&HOSPITAL=&X_STAY=&RECOVD=&DISABLE=&DIED=&STATE%5B%5D=&WhichAge=select&AGES%5B%5D=0&SEX=&VAX_YEAR_LOW=&VAX_YEAR_HIGH=&ONSET_YEAR_LOW=&ONSET_YEAR_HIGH=&SUB_YEAR_LOW=&SUB_YEAR_HIGH=&REPORT_YEAR_LOW=&REPORT_YEAR_HIGH=&DEATH_YEAR_LOW=&DEATH_YEAR_HIGH= spray: http://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?TABLE=ON&GROUP1=AGE&GROUP2=&GROUP3=&GROUP4=&GROUP5=&GROUP6=AGE&GROUP7=&EVENTS=ON&PAGENO=1&PERPAGE=10&ESORT=NONE&IDNUMBER=&PRECISION=2&CUSTOMAGE1=&CUSTOMAGE7=&CUSTOMAGE13=&CUSTOMAGE2=&CUSTOMAGE8=&CUSTOMAGE14=&CUSTOMAGE3=&CUSTOMAGE9=&CUSTOMAGE15=&CUSTOMAGE4=&CUSTOMAGE10=&CUSTOMAGE16=&CUSTOMAGE5=&CUSTOMAGE11=&CUSTOMAGE17=&CUSTOMAGE6=&CUSTOMAGE12=&CUSTOMAGE18=&SYMList=&WRITEUP=&CUR_ILL=&HISTORY=&action=Find&VAX%5B%5D=FLUN%28H1N1%29&VAXCNT=&VAXMAN=&VAXLOT=&VAXDOSE=&VAXROUTE=&VAXSITE=&PRIOR_VAX=&OTHER_MEDS=&V_ADMINBY=&V_FUNDBY=&L_THREAT=&LAB_DATA=&NUMDAYS%5B%5D=&ER_VISIT=&HOSPITAL=&X_STAY=&RECOVD=&DISABLE=&DIED=&STATE%5B%5D=&WhichAge=select&AGES%5B%5D=0&SEX=&VAX_YEAR_LOW=&VAX_YEAR_HIGH=&ONSET_YEAR_LOW=&ONSET_YEAR_HIGH=&SUB_YEAR_LOW=&SUB_YEAR_HIGH=&REPORT_YEAR_LOW=&REPORT_YEAR_HIGH=&DEATH_YEAR_LOW=&DEATH_YEAR_HIGH= More info on VAERS: http://vaers.hhs.gov/resources/VAERS_Brochure.pdf

How to get rid of allergies?

My 21 year old sister has mild allergies to cats, she gets a itchy face and sneezes and stuffy nose. What can we do, besides bathing he cat(which we are planning to do) to help her be comfortable

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There is a couple of options she can take, the first one is that she can get allergy shots. Allergy shots are done once a week and either every week or every other week and they really work. You do have to stay a half hour after the shot is given and that is a little tricky if you have a very busy schedule. Another option (which i am currently doing) is taking a allergy medicine kind of routine. Which is typically alot of allergy medicine like clarition or zytek for daily allergies and maybe a nasal spray and eyedrops for the stuffy nose and itchy eyes. To get those 2 things (nasal spray and eye drops) would maybe have to be gotten by a doctor so she could go see a allergy doctor……….. i hope this helped:)

Is it possible to suddenly develope allergies?

I’ve never had allergies before in my life. (At least I don’t think) But this year I’m starting to feel congested and my eyes were red. I also had a sore throat. Is it possible that these were allergic reactions?

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You can definitely get allergies at any time in your life. My husband got them at about 40. Sore throat is not usually a sign of allergies though. It’s usually congestion, red or watery eyes (or both), sneezing, possibly itching.

What’s the best medicine/remedy for pet allergies?

I volunteer at an animal sanctuary, but my allergies are getting in the way. They have a ton of cats, plus a few dogs, etc. I’ve taken loratadine and cetirizine before, but is there anything more effective (apart from shots) ?

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My sister takes Claritin every day. I’m not sure where you are and if it is sold there, it contains 10 mg loratadine USP… if not, I take Benadryl when my allergies flare up with my cats, I take half so I don’t get sleepy. That works the best…. with the Claritin, it takes a week or two for it to get into her system to work well enough on a daily basis…. if those don’t work for you, not sure what else would.