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7/25/14 10:45 A

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Hi all!

Is it just me or has this been the worst season for allergies ever!!!!! My name is Olivia, 22, live in Central Ontario and I have just been going nuts. I'm allergic to pollen, hay maybe? kiwi, perfume and strong scents, and just about everything outside. (sidenote) And I am lactose intolerent despite my love of ice cream. WHY GOD WHY??? :)



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7/17/14 9:40 A

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Hello!!! My name is Andra, you may call me Andie. I have allergies to flower pollen, grass pollen, tree pollen, outdoor mold, cats, ragweed, and Lichi- an asian fruit. For the most part, my allergies don't bother me that much. I have 2 small kids and I have been married for 7 years. I have been trying to lose weight for a long time and finally I am really ready to do it.

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6/24/14 9:35 P

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Hello everyone. My name is Libi. I'm allergic to the planet. My own doctor has called me a freak of nature. To make things even more fun, I'm allergic to almost all over the counter allergy meds. The only one I can take is Benadryl and that one knocks me out, so not so useful for the daytime.

I have resorted to using essential oils and have been having some luck. But there are days when nothing works. I have allergy-induced asthma, so breathing becomes optional some days. Oh so much fun.

I welcome any and all ideas on how to handle my allergies.

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6/11/14 7:05 P

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I can't remember if I introduced myself or not. I am a born and raised Illinoisan who now lives in Florida with my husband and my daughter. I have been here since 2001. I grew up in IL not being allergic to anything. I was great around harvest time as well. Since I moved to Florida I have developed a lot of allergies. Spring and fall are the worst for me when things are in bloom and then when they hibernate for what we call winter.

I just had an allergy test this month. I have found out I'm allergic to mold, ragweed, dog fennel, tree pollen of various trees, grass pollen of various grasses, milk, soy, and pork. I mean like seriously how can I live. I have now found it difficult to find foods that do not contain milk and soy. I have found some cheese that I can have. However, I have not tried it yet. I can eat yogurt but, that's about it. :-( I am learning that pork is having the same effect on me like my milk allergy is.

So, I have now discovered there are lactated pill I can take. I have not started those yet. However, they are not cheep. I am learning that a lot of fast food places uses soybean oil to fry their foods.. A lot of dressings for your salads contains soy. So, I guess how do you guys with a diary allergy survive in a world of soy and milk



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5/31/14 1:14 P

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I'm Del. I'm getting on track with healthy food choices. I have year round allergies but find that my outdoor allergies are the worst, which only contributes to my exercise avoidance. I'm looking forward to the tips I can pick up from this team and hope I can offer others some tips as well.

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5/31/14 10:53 A

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Hello everyone! I'm a 29 year old woman who has been married for 10 years. We have been blessed with 2 children, a 9 year old son and a 1 year old daughter. I've always been on the "chunky" side, but after giving birth to my son, I gained a lot of weight. It wasn't until after giving birth to my daughter that I weighed my heaviest...220 lbs. I was shocked that I had allowed myself to get like this. Shocked and disgusted. I've now lost 15 lbs, but I know that I have a very long road ahead of me. Can't wait to meet you all!

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5/30/14 11:29 A

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Hi, I'm Lizzie. I'm allergic to practically outside. Lol. Uhm just introducing myself and saying hi!

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5/28/14 8:15 A

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Hello I am Diana from Massachusetts. I have Seasonal allergies and and allergy to latex. Not much pollen right now up here thankfully. Lots of rain the last few days.

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5/21/14 11:59 P

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Hello! I just joined this evening. I was tested for allergies last year, and I am allergic to cats, mold, Pacific coast maple trees, dust..... I take Claritin 2x's daily, and it seems to help.

I am hoping to meet new friends, and meeting people who suffer from allergies too

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5/18/14 3:20 P

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Hello, I am new to Spark People. I have allergies and asthma. My main allergy symptoms are runny eyes, sinus headaches, chronic cough and nasal congestion and drip? Because of high blood pressure, I am only allowed to use an antihistamine, which doesn't always work. When things get bad, I recently discovered the Coricidin HB product line to use but mainly I use Claritin because my doctor swears by it. I have never been tested, but the doctor believes one allergy I have is pet dander as I have had two cats for the last three years. The asthma is a recent development that occurs mainly when I am ill. I wheeze occasionally then. When my coughing gets bad, my kids tell me it's my moldy lungs acting up again...lol. My nighttime symptoms have improved since I started using a wedge at the head of my bed.

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5/7/14 7:26 A

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Hi , I'm Carrie from Houston, tired of the allergies.

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5/5/14 5:55 P

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Hi, I'm not new, but re-introducing myself. I've been inactive and not lurking for a long time. I've been with Spark People for years, but kind of zoned out for a the last couple. Trying to re-find my motivation and will power and get back on this crazy health horse! I have a 9 year old son and a 14 year old daughter. I normally suffer greatly from allergies but my new Dr office finally referred me to a specialist. I have been seeing an ENT, my medicines have been increased/added to and I'm finally living peacefully with my allergies. I daily take 1 OTC Allegra, Generic Astlin (sp?), and Nasonex. I also use an eye drop as needed...starts with a Z...know it when I see it.

I've also recently started oral drops which are just like the shots, but not as many office visits needed and more expensive because insurance doesn't cover them since they are not FDA approved...yet. They are safe from all the research I've read. I just started so not much news to report yet, but I'm optimistic!

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4/30/14 11:40 A

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Hello My name is Ruth and I'm very new to Spark's and this group. As a matter of fact I am having trouble reading and typing this post due to allergy eyes!! aahhhh!! Anyway, looking forward to hearing and contributing to this team! Be Well! emoticon

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4/30/14 6:13 A

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Hey everyone! My name is Tauna and I am 24 years old. I am a licensed hair dresser and finally making the courageous decision to do this. I already have a blog post that tells you a little about me on my sparkpage. I look forward to going through this journey with all of you!

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4/28/14 1:48 P

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hi my name Donna. I live in Arkansas, where we have alot of dust, tree pollin , and then there is the ragweed and grass. I am allergic to meds and trees ,dust , animal dander, cleaning products. I have asthma , and allergies too. I cannot cut my grass i am allergic to grass too. colonges are also on my allergy list.

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4/21/14 9:49 P

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Hi, Pam here. I live in Las Vegas. You would think the allergies would be better in the desert right? WRONG. I am allergic to things that grow. You name it, grass (the worse), pollen, flowers, trees, pine sap, etc.

I live in a beautiful condo complex, with lovely trees and flowering bushes and grass and I am in my own personal purgatory. My allergies are so bad, I walk with one of the allergen masks on as I do my two mile trek around the complex. I am also taking prescription meds for the first time ever because they are so bad.

It has not been a good allergy season for me so far this year.

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4/21/14 8:57 P

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I have allergies, and right now its bad. I use nasonex? and Patinal eye drops.

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4/19/14 11:30 A

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Hello and thanks for the suport. I'm still figuring out how to use all the tools here.....not too computer savvy to say the least. I think I've joined groups I didn't intend to but anyway, my most annoying allergy is post nasal drip at night when I'm trying to sleep.

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4/13/14 12:24 A

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To Mamasita Good luck on the 5K...GOOD FOR YOU! emoticon

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4/8/14 3:43 P

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Hi. I'm Noel from Northern California. I'm 36 mother of 2 great kids. I still have about 165 pounds to lose. But I'm doing it.

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4/8/14 11:44 A

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My name is Vicky. I am a 60 something housewife living in a rural subdivision in Central Texas with my husband and 2 dogs. Need to loose 80 lbs and get some relief from the pain in my knees.

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4/6/14 2:35 P

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Hi, My name is Donna and I am an RN, BSN, BSed. I have had allergies and asthma all of my life but I have a wonderful allergist who started me on Xolair injections monthly for my asthma and I am doing very well on those for the last 2 years. I am the Wellness Coach for the department where I work as a Telephone Advice Nurse. I used to be an aerobics instructor but now, I just exercise on my own with my teenage daughter. We are training to do a Mother's Day 5K Walk/Run in May. This will be our first official 5K! Thanks for inviting me to the group!!

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3/17/14 2:21 A

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hi there, i havent been on spark people in a long time as i have been able to keep all things under control, but over the last year its a little out of wack, and i allergys with a passion, seasonal in the fall and springs, hope to meet u all soon

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3/14/14 11:11 A

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Hi, My name is Vickie and I live in Connecticut...I suffer from allergies from March to November....so when I want to be outside I have to be on Singular every day for those months...to bad when it's cold I really don't want to be outside. Nice to meet you all.

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3/6/14 12:05 A

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emoticon You can do it Amanda, your wedding will be great.



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3/4/14 11:24 P

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Congrats on ur wedding

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3/4/14 10:09 P

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Hi I'm new, I'm getting married and really want to look my best, I really hope everything works out!!

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3/4/14 9:14 P

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Thanks

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3/4/14 7:48 P

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welcome Roger and Debbie.. emoticon



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3/4/14 12:56 P

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Hi! I'm Debbie ; ) I suffer from chronic allergies. My nose is a faucet. I use 2 prescription nose sprays - Astepro, an antihistamine, and Flonase, a steroid, I sometimes take an antihistamine pill, but I lost a large part of my salivary glands when I had thyroid cancer so I have a chronic dry mouth and the pills make it worse. Nice to meet everyone ; )

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3/3/14 9:15 P

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Hi Roger here, and also use allergy pills to control my allergies, especially in the spring which is still not here due to this never ending winter....lol

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3/2/14 2:09 P

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emoticon , I have what they call Non-Allergic allergies. This means that what I have a reaction to one day I may not the next. It makes it really hard to know what to do. It has never stopped me from doing the things I like. I just pay the next couple days if it has an effect on me. I am on a couple allergies pills that keep most things in check. I was on Allegra which worked wonders with my allergies, but when they changed it to over-the-counter I could no longer afford to take it. The cost for one week now was what I was paying for 3 months on my insurance. But I do great and have had very few problems with the allergies other than an occasional migraine. My daughter also suffers from the same allergy.. It used to be difficult cause if it was a day that I could not be outside and had to stay in with the air on, she had problems with the air.. but we made it through.

Is there anyone else on this team that has this kind of Allergies? I had never heard of it and have not talked to anyone else that ever had it. I do remember it had a very long name but have not recently been able to find anything on it.



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2/12/14 1:21 P

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Hi I'm new and I have horrible allergies through the year. I use nasal sparys

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2/2/14 10:58 P

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Hi, my name is Nicole Haley and I am a new member to this team. I live in rural Montgomery County near Crawfordsville, Indiana. I am a full-time college student, part-time sales and marketing merchandiser, and part-time crafter. I have suffered from seasonal and food allergies all of my life. I look forward to getting to know many of you on this team.

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1/25/14 12:45 P

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Hi everyone.
I am turning 56 next week, and have decided to give SparkPeople a 2nd try. I did t for a week or so last year, but I didn't fully understand what I was up against with my food allergies. At that time, they were just sensitivities. I am hoping that on this journey of finding me, I will be able to lose instead of gain. I have a physical reaction to gluten, soy, and lactose. I sometimes have a reaction to citrus foods, but not always. I have been tested twice, and both times have had opposite results. The first time, it showed I was allergic to most everything, but I couldn't take the shots, I broke out in hives. The second time didn't show anything until it was 3 minutes too late, then everything reacted. I was just off major prednisone dose at that time, and wasn't aware I wasn't supposed to be tested, although my allergist knew that. So, I refuse to be tested again. I am just trying to find out the old fashioned way, trial and error. I have a slight rash again today from something yesterday, but writing everything down will most likely help me find out what it was. I have Hashimotos, and have to eat foods with vitamin D and calcium in them 4 hours after I take my meds, and have to wait an hour before anything in the morning. I have had GERD for 7 years, have had chronic gastritis, diverticulosis, and my family has a history of celiac disease, although I tested negative, but my blood test was positive. I can eat nuts in moderation. I am a mess. I just want to lose weight. I am floating between 226 and 235 pounds, and currently am at 227.5. I lost half a pound yesterday. No matter what I eat, no matter how much I exercise, I seem to stay right there. Anyone else have that experience? If so, let me know and we will try to figure it out together. Thanks for listening.

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1/17/14 11:35 A

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Hello my name is candi and I Allergies to alot of things like everyone in this group. I have Year Round Allergies and it is really driving me nut. I am always congested and i cant breathe out of my nose. Almost every time I talk to someone they say (what did you say). It makes me so mad but I just learned to deal with it. i take Singular at bedtime. I also have sever Asthma. I am on meds for that too.
The only time i can breathe out of my nose is when i am on Steroids for my asthma it clears up my nose. but that only lasts a month.

If anyone has the problem with always being congested and cant breaths out of your nose and found something that helped beside Steroids can you tell me and then i will talk to my dr about myself using it too.....

Thanks...

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1/16/14 1:19 P

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Hi! Never did the message boards before. My name is Kelly and I had normal allergies as a kid but as an adult I have gotten more than I would like. The hardest to deal with is my food allergies or sensitivities (Corn, Processed grain, soy, dairy, cheese, potatoes, rice, peppers and tomatoes). The hardest part is feeling full and getting a variety of things. I'm a creature of habit and find myself eating the same thing everyday. If anyone has any suggestion I'm all ears. Have a great day! emoticon

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1/14/14 1:11 P

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Hi! I've got the seasonal allergies and have been through two rounds of shots in my lifetime. I take zrytec on a daily year round basis, during the fall and spring I add one in the morning to my nightly pill. I'm also allergic to cats and other furry animals (not dogs though). My daughter has inherited my allergies and she is VERY allergic to cats (hives) and to some dogs. I'd like her to do shots, but I've never pushed it.

I also have a weird allergy...I'm allergic to UV, essentially the sun. Most of my exercise has to be done inside, or outside when it is raining because the clouds are thick enough to block the UV, or in the early morning or at sunset. I am capable of desensitizing my skin, but it isn't fun and very uncomfortable. Thankfully I'm able to be outside, I just have to either cover up, be quick (no more than 20 minutes), or deal with hives on any exposed skin.

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1/13/14 10:52 A

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Hello everyone!!! My name is Zaila and I suffer from seasonal allergies as well as pollinated fruit(apples, cherries, pears, plums...etc). I am starting my journey to a better me!!!

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1/13/14 1:48 A

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Hi my name is Jill and I have a lot of allergies and asthma. The Dr. has me on allegra plus Symbicort, Tudorza, and ProAir inhalers. Also Benedryl when the itching gets out of hand. I can't remember the nasal inhalers name right now. My back itches a lot for no apparent reason, I also break out in little red dots. I also have several food allergies along with the chemical allergies. Along with eczema of the eyes. Anyone with similar allergies?

Jill "survivor61"
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1/11/14 6:22 P

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Hi everyone! My name is Meagan and I just started SP about 5 days ago and so far so good! Looking to be in contact with some people on a more personal level to hold myself accountable so if you're interested please contact me via my sparkspage and we can encourage each other! Or even if you have any tips, please feel free to share :)
I am a 23-year-old living in Minnesota (yes it is freezing here :P), even though I live in what seems like a frozen tundra I still suffer from allergies in the winter. I also recently (~6 months ago) developed psoriasis in/on my ears. I got a steroid cream from a doctor and even though it helps with flare-ups, it doesn't even fully clear it up so if anyone has the same issue please let me know if you have found anything else that helps!

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1/11/14 5:30 P

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TSwinder,
The whole gluten free thing was hard for me because a lot of our meals revolved around flavored pkg. of potatoes, couscous, quinoa, even pasta. I think that's part of the reason I lost weight in the beginning because I didn't know how to cook without those. This new eating plan I am on is a wonder. I am actually losing weight and keeping it up. You had said something in your reply that you wished you could get off sugar and caffeine. Have you ever tried the Adkins diet or something along those lines. My husband and I do a modified Adkins diet and a paleo diet. We have both lost extreme amounts of weight and we feel a lot better than we did before the diet. Thanks for the welcome and I am looking forward to speaking with you and many others

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seems like we have a lot in common! my husband too has type II diabetes, and I am allergic to tree nuts and red pepper, on top of the gluten. was your initial weight loss due to just not knowing what you could eat, because I felt like I was starving myself at first and that's why I lost the weight in the beginning. Now, me too, I have figured out this whole GF thing and am struggling, because I had lost the weight and felt so good about it :( I gave up dairy too and only intake it moderately, if I could give up sugar and caffeine I think that would help me. welcome aboard!

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I was diagnosed with Celiac's 4 years ago and had to change the way that I ate. I did lose weight in the beginning but as I got use to the diet, I started gaining it all back. Then about a year into the diagnosis, I found out that I was allergic to peanuts and red meat. I am also allergic to fish and shellfish. My husband is diabetic so we started counting carbohydrates and sugar. The we radically changed our whole diet by going on a low carb, no sugar diet. In the first year I lost a tremendous amount of weight but thanks to the holidays I have gained back 20 lbs. I was told about this sight and thought it would me get those pesky 20 lbs. off plus more.

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I found this website accidentally, while looking for an online workout. I have struggled with my weight for many years, and was even balemic for many years when I was younger. Recently I was diagnosed with Celiacs and strangely, I'm glad. I'm not glad for the sickness of course, but having to eliminate gluten and well, bread I have been able to feel better and lose weight. This site has me excited to 'count calories' and be accountable!!!

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My allergies and asthma are not much of a problem in the winter as long as I am not around much dust:so my kids dust. In the Spring,Summer and Fall I have many allergies to growing things. Asthma does not bother me much unless my allergies get bad. They call it allergy induced asthma. emoticon Hello from North Dakota where -13 is nice outside after -33.

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I am not new to the group, just haven't been on Sparks in a long time. I am ready to really get myself in full gear. I need help though... anyone willing to be a buddy ? I will be 53 years old in a few months. I have just recently moved to NJ. I work part time and am going to school online. BTW: alias mama_picante (MaDonna)

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Hi SP! My name is Drea and I am a 33 year old single full time mom, student and nurse!! I live in Jacksonville, FL and I have at least 150 pounds to lose so I am here for the LONG haul... :) Anyway, I am not committing to a diet, but a lifestyle change. I have been on numerous diets and I need something that I can live with at this point. I am looking for SP friends so that we can motivate each other... Feel free to stop by my Spark page and leave a message!!

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I too have a lot of allergies and I take several medications for it, 2 inhalers and pills. My lungs are at 51% so exercise is extremely difficult, If you find anything that works for you please message me. I have a lot of the same allergies, trees grass food etc. The foods are the hardest to deal with sometimes. Good luck on your journey. If I can assist or lend an ear let me know

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Hello everyone, I have just found Spark on Pinterest. I am glad I did. I have a lot of weight to lose but this time I am going to do it. I have asthma and food allergies that make losing weight hard to do. But I also know that by losing weight my breathing will get better. I am allergic to mustard, fish, nuts, peanut butter, all melons So I am limited sometimes to the food I eat. I have however found a soy based nut free peanut butter that I love Wowbutter is the name of it. I like to use it for sweet cravings sometimes. Any tips and suggestions anyone can provide me with would be great!!

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Hello, I have hayfever and asthma, contact dermatitus, extremely dry skin runs in the family. Both of my daughters have asthma, one has exzema.

Most of the time I am asymptomatic, but always have to watch out for allergens. The only time asthma bothers me is late spring, fall, and I get exercise induced asthma if I exercise even a normal speed in extreme cold.


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hello,
Well i have ezema, hayfever and asthma. As a child only ezema and it was bad rashes with alot of colds strep, and bronchitis.. In 1997 I was diagnosed with bronchial Asthma after having walking pnuemonia. 2007 I started having hayfever attacks that made me have headaches from pollen counts. my allergies are heat senstive, grass, lakewater and pollen.

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Hi just joined this team today. I have always had some allergies I was aware of. But just under a year ago we got a new puppy and within 10 days I got this horrendous cough which has never stopped. Originally they though it was a bad cold but after 4 1/2 months my Dr. questioned allergies. I was put on massive doses of meds while I waited for the tests. We did eventually admit we couldn't keep the puppy and it helped a bit once she was gone. However I had the testing done Dec. 4th and it was a rude awakening. I was told my lungs are only functioning at 66% and my lung age is 12 years older than my age of 55. So back on all the meds plus an inhaler until we can get that under control and I deal with all the allergy issues. But I am allergic to a long list of things. Grass, several tress, cats, dogs, dust mites, molds and probably about 80% of what I ate. Yeast is one of the big things as it is in so much but also includes cheese, bread, vinegar, alcohol and mushrooms. As well a long list of fruits, vegetables, nuts and chicken. So it is a real challenge right now sorting out what I can have and still eating healthy. I may be able to try some of the foods later but he said not until we get my lungs under control first. So hoping to get support and information here as I work through a whole lifestyle change.

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Hi team! I just joined today. I've had sinus allergies since I was a kid. I did the 'scratch test' allergy diagnostic test and found that I'm allergic to 40 different air born things; pollen, dust, smoke, pet dander, mold, spores... if it floats around in the breeze, it makes me sneeze! I live in Oregon, also, which is a great place for trees and all things green but terrible on my nose. I posted on another thread that the only thing that has given me real improvement to my allergy symptoms is cutting dairy out of my diet. I'd read an article a few years back that dairy products increase production-- the LAST thing I needed! So, I cut out milk, butter, ice cream, and cheese. (The cheese was the real tough one to get rid of, I LOVE cheese!) Within a few months I was actually feeling better. My normal 9 months of fluish allergy symptoms was cut down to about three days a month. I was able to get off my prescription and now only occasionally take an over the counter decongestant. On the down side, with the holidays I've completely slacked off on my dairy-free ways, and I can already feel the allergy symptoms creeping back in. A big goal for me, then, is to get back on track and quit eating dairy again because spring will be here in a few short months and though I love me some sharp cheddar and smokey gouda, I love to be able to go outside and not have my eyes swell shut and sneeze my head off!

So that's me! I'm really glad to be here and can't wait to get to know you all. :D

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Hello everyone, I am new here. I joined for help and support dealing with the recent food allergy diagnoses' of my 11 yr old son. He was diagnosed with corn, soy, wheat, peanut, and tree nut. He also has had other medical issues. If anyone can help I would be grateful. Thanks

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Hi Everyone, My name is Betsy. emoticon I joined in October but am starting my diet on Dec 7. I am starting a part time job and will have my own money in December. We have been living off my husband's disability and that's a tight budget. I have hayfever and fructose malabsorption. I need to stay on a low fructose diet so that complicates everything.

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Hello all, my name is Heather. I am here to basically just get support when I need it and help others if I can. My ultimate goal is to get healthy enough to have a baby within the next few years. Anyone wants to know anything else about me feel free to message me.

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Welcome new members!

RAWN13, I'm sorry to hear about your allergy suffering. I, too, suffer from severe allergies. I used to spend most of the fall unable to breathe. Going outside other than just to get to and from my car was not a good move. I started allergy shots about a year ago. This year has been so much better. I've even exercised outside this fall. Of course, some of that is due to the allergy shots. I know allergy shots are not for everyone, but it's worth looking into. It takes time and money to do them, but so far, I'd say it's worth it for me.

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Hi there. Well let's see, I'm allergic to penicillin n another antibiotic that lol I don't know how to spell but abbreviation is EES which I only became allergic to in the past 5 or so years. I've always had hayfever but it's super bad this year. I used to get minor headaches n sinus pain on n off all year with bleeding noses when I was younger, the type that would literally fill up a towel with blood before I got my nose cauterized. The past 4 years I've gotten bronchial infections that started from sinus. I'm not sure yet what causes my sinus, I think it's mould n pollens n getting tested next wk for what pollens because I've had bad sinus inflammation for a constant 6+ wks so far where the pain makes me feel like throwing up n can't wear sunglasses n that's with antihistamine n decongestant plus pain relief. So sick of taking meds for it too n sinus rinse does not appeal. Also have found I can't eat a lot of nuts without getting stomach cramps, almonds especially.

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Hi! I'm Erika and last week I weighed in at 197 lbs (not sure if that is still the same). But I'm glad there is a group for folks with allergies and intolerance. I have outdoor and indoor allergies and some food sensitivities that manifest in the form of migraines and stomach problems, which in a way could be considered an allergy (just not in the medical terminology, lest I offend).

I think I have about 40 lbs to lose and it's been hard since I can't have things like stevia, sucralose (splenda), aspartame, and the like. Or even things like nuts or soy which most protein supplements have. But I'm working around it thank God. So if anyone has any tips for nut, soy, and dairy free stuff I'm all ears! :D


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Hi everyone ...I think its really neat they have a group with allergies. I never really thought about this when I joined spark people but this should help both my weight and my health...cool! I have about 45 lbs to lose, just trying to eat "clean", and don't pig out on carbs. I eat a lot of dairy low fat cheedar cheese, greek yoghurt, whey protein powder. I find it fills me up and doesn't make me feel boated like bread does. I've had allergies since my early 30's. This year was bad. I'm just starting to feel better, been sneezing and congested since the Spring. Have hay fever and allergic to a lot of cleaners, laundry detergents, etc. Luckily where I live (Nova Scotia, Canada), there are a lot of scent free products available. I'm posting a link from Prevention Magazine where it explains why this year was a bad allergy season.
http://www.prevention.com/health/health-
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Anyway great to see so many people from all over States and different countries in this group. .I'm sure we're learn a lot from each other. Take care everyone _ Jaye

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Hi! My name is Karen and I'm 30 years old. I'm currently trying to lose about 20 pounds. I've been on a plateau for a while. I'm a lifelong allergy sufferer and I've lived in the allergy capital of the world (no, really, that's what my allergist said). My husband and I have been on allergy shots for almost a year. There seems to be some improvement, but that could just be the meds we're on. It turns out I'm allergic to everything they tested for except animals.

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Hello! I am 28 years old and weigh 200 lbs. and on a 5'2" frame...not so good. :( I know that I've allowed myself to get here, telling myself that having two children and from having chronic back/hip pain is the reason, which does add up to my IMMENSE weight gain, but the rotten core of it is...I love bad food and I hate exercise. It's a simple problem, but a hard solution for me. It means I have to eat good food and start loving to exercise. :) However, with my recent check-up visit at my doctor's after giving birth to my daughter, I was informed that I wasn't just overweight or even obese...I was considered morbidly obese. Wow...that was a tough pill to swallow...and I consoled myself by stopping at a fast food restaurant. I eat to comfort myself and when I'm bored. Not a good thing...by a long shot. Since the slap in my face from my doctor, I got a HUGE dose of reality. I'm killing myself by eating how I do and by not taking care of my body. I've got to take myself under control and I'm hoping that Sparkpeople will help me down this path. I've tried before on my own, but have always failed. :( Can never seem to stay motivated. Hopefully with the doctor's words "morbidly obese" still ringing in my ear, it'll be the push that I need.
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emoticon Hello. Name is Bronwyn and I live in South Africa. Spring is upon us, along with my seasonal bout of hayfever.
Hope everyone has an awesome day....free of allegies.

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Hi. I wanted to drop in and say hello team. Im the mother of two, married for 12 years this September and look forward to getting down to the weight I was when my husband met me. I look forward to being an encourager to others and surrounded by people who are in similar health situations but willing to press on anyhow.

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Hi i am new to this team. I have had allergies all my life. I am allergic to dust, pollen, grass, trees, shellfish, etc. I also have strong chemical allergies. Hopefully i can learn from this team . Have a nice day everyone!

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Hey. I'm Liz. Visit my Spark Page! Glad to be a part of the team!

I'm Liz from Michigan. Eastern Time Zone.
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Hi;
I am a dust, mold, pollen, perfume, ragweed/hay-fever sufferer. This summer has been a roller-coaster between the mold and the pollen. Especially since I have had to limit my use of over the counter meds. I recently found out liver cancer runs in the family and 99% of the otc meds are on the taboo list, and prescription meds dry my sinuses too much.

Any homeopathic help would be greatly appreciated. Doc already suggested taking bee pollen tabs again as that did "reduce" my allergies in the past, but it has been difficult to find. emoticon

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Hi,
I have lots of allergies (or at least the symptoms). Several allergists have done the skin testing and say, "Well at least corn and molds, but nothing significant. My family also has had the same issues w/the skin tests. A former (I moved) allergist who is European told me that 20% of people with allergies do not respond to skin testing. My latest allergist says I have the same symptoms as his allergy patients - just no known allergies. My Natropathic Dr., who has done muscle testing, says that I have lots of allergies.

I was reading some of the notes from other people on this blog and a couple mentioned blood testing. Great idea! I will be checking w/my allergist about them!

I have many drug allergies - to the point that when I get sick my Dr. isn't sure what to give me.

I only have a couple of food allergies: walnuts (canker sores in my throat) and blueberries!

Thanks for the info about the blood testing. Its frustrating to have all the symptoms of allergies and feel like you have no help because your body doesn't respond to the accepted testings. So that blood testing looks like a possible answer.

I moved 1 hr. south of where I'd lived for 35 years and have had a hard adjusting to the change (Climate and pollen). And this has been a bad year for allergies - so say my Dr.'s.


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Hi I am Lori from ME but you may think from MASS with the 617 as that's an area code for Boston. That has to do with being a RED SOX Fan since "birth". I've had allergies since I was a teenager and been overweight earlier than that. I am now in my 50's with two grown sons. Hoping I'll lose weight and get in shape for when the grandchildren come along.

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Hi there! My name is Joann and I'm 23-years-old. When I was in elementary and middle school I used to have severe cases of asthmatic bronchitis that landed me in the doctor's office every fall. Coupled with ridiculous allergies to pollen, pet dander, and dust, I suffered from a nightmarish case of congestion in both my nostrils and my lungs. I vividly remember my mother checking on me one night and breaking into tears, saying, "Dear God, you're turning blue!" In my sophomore year of high school, I started to notice a gradual change. I was no longer getting as ill when the cold weather began to set in. Though I can't say for sure, I have a feeling it was due to joining the swim and track teams as I'd never played extracurricular sports in my younger years. I'd been too embarrassed by my poor performance due to shortness of breath. It wasn't until I decided to go for it anyway that I began to use my Albuterol inhaler and almost daily Claritin less and less. It's now been over four years since I've needed to refill my inhaler, but my happy ending is my first pet. Kiki's a rescue cat my fiancée and I adopted last year and I can bury my nose in her fur and kiss her.

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Hi I'm shirley from france, I used not to have allergies at all but now have allergies to hay and it seems every year there is something new



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Welcome Karla and all new members: I am what my allergist calls a "9 on a scale of 1 to 10" when it comes to allergies. They've always been a part of my live but as I've gotten older they've gotten more intense. If I could suggest one thing to every allergy sufferer out there it would be daily use of a Neti Pot. A Neti Pot, if used correctly and daily, keep your sinuses clean and free of all the pollen, pollution, mold and microparticles that can end up causing sinus infections. Google Neti Pot for the specifics but understand that you are basically using very diluted salt water to rinse your nasal cavity with your head hanging over the sink so that gravity works to gently flush everything nasty out of your sinuses. Neti Pots have been in use for a few thousand years, if my memory is correct, they started in Egypt or India. They seem to be available at every pharmacy I've been in from CA to FL, including WalMarts. I use the plastic squeeze bottle version of the Neti Pot. I don't seem to be coordinated enough to use the little teapot shaped version without spilling it all over myself and the bathroom! Both versions work the same, they clean all the environmental gunk out of your sinuses before it gets a chance to get infected. I'm open to any questions, hope this holistic method helps!


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Hi, I'm Cheryl. I've been fighting with my weight all of my life, and I have a good support system when he's at home, but when he's away, my resolve dissolves, so to speak. My husband is a soldier in the United States Army, currently away from home to reclass as a Combat Medic. My struggles have increased through a couple of recent changes: I'm 50 years old, and going through menopause, I've developed a thyroid condition and an allergy to one of my favorite foods, strawberries. I work in the fast food industry, 6:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, which makes a stable eating schedule very difficult. Most of the time, I carry food to work, but sometimes I don't wake up early enough, so I'm at the mercy of the place where I work. I constantly insist that I'm going to the on-post gym after work, a (maybe) five minute drive from work, but I just never seem to make it. I need this sort of forum so that I have someone besides myself to be accountable to.


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Hi All,

My name is Wendy. Just turned 40, tired of dealing with the weight loss of summer, weight gain of winter and am trying to lose it and keep it off. While I feel like I have a handle on my seasonal allergies, I've developed Oral Allergy Syndrome and have had it for 13+ years now. I'm hoping to get some ideas here from everyone on different food options, new ways to get in more fruits and veggies, and snack ideas since salads, raw carrots, raw almonds just don't cut it for me.

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Welcome to the team! emoticon emoticon

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Hey everyone. My name is Nicole. I am 29 yrs old. I have those seasonal allergies like towards pollen and dust and to animals. My bigger allergies are towards fish, peanuts, soy, dairy, wheat/gluten, morphine and eggs. Its very hard sometimes to go out or even be around other people when we go out to Oliver Garden and everything there makes you sick. The reaction ranges from stomach issues including vomiting to throat closing up. I have an EPIpen but the get costly so I normally take Benadryl which does the trick. My fish allergy is so bad that I touched a fishing poll and my throat closed right up.
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6/26/13 3:25 A

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Hello everyone, allergies run in my family so I have learned some home remedies and coping abilities. My own allergies run towards environmental issues such as pollen, grass and smoke with a few food allergies thrown in.
Drugs - some allergy medications will work for you one summer, and not the next. Experiment to find the right one for that season or year.
Home remedies - unpasteurized white honey (if your not allergic to it of course!), taken regularly, can reduce symptoms for some people. Breathing problems? black coffee, same goes for headaches.
Oh, and some foods will actually aggravate your allergies. Everyone is different of course but I have found that if I eat gluten or wheat products my allergies sky rocket. I'm not exactly gluten intolerant but I treat myself that way.
I am looking forward to hearing what others have learned about their own allergies and what helps them.

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6/18/13 5:37 A

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Hi I,m allergic to pollen, rag weed, sun flowers and fresh cut grass

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6/17/13 11:31 A

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Good morning!!! I am allergic to most everything that is green and growing outdoors.
As a child I was allergic to mostly food items, i.e. milk (anything dairy), peanuts, corn, vinegar, yeast. And also back then EVERYTHING!!! that was outside whether it was green and growing or dead. Now as an adult i have out grown most of my food allergies, although i still can not do vinegar in any form, and i have found that i am now allergic to avocados. But its the outside allergies to anything outdoors that i have not grown of. As it is summer in South Georgia EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING is blooming, seeding, pollinating, etc. . .

Thank you for having this group i do hope that I can be a help to some of you as i know some of you will be a help to me. Have a great day
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5/30/13 3:29 P

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Hi!
I was allergy free into my 20's when I developed an allergy to cantaloupe (hives, etc). Then it spread to honeydew and last fall it spread to cucumbers - though these are all closely related, so not that big of a surprise once I realized that.
About a month ago, I started reacting more violently (numbness/tingling down my throat, wheezy breathing etc) and I have yet to determine the trigger(s). Unfortunately, we don't have an allergist in town (closest is a 2.5 hour plane ride away - no roads). So, I have an appointment in mid-July for allergy testing, but would LOVE some suggestions for the meantime - besides carrying an Epipen!


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5/30/13 8:31 A

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Good morning. Happy Wednesday to all. I have been an allergy suffer for the last 10yrs. Any advise would be appreciated.

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5/22/13 12:02 P

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Hi I'm Karla I look forward to meeting you all. I've been an allergy sufferer all my life.. my problem is they turn into sinus infections at the blink of an eye..

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5/21/13 12:33 A

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I was allergy free for half my life, then developed an allergy to strawberries in my late 30s. Last week, I discovered I'm allergic to raw carrots. My allergic systems include Oral Allergy Syndrome. I don't know how common this is, and I don't know what food will be added to my do not eat list.
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