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  •  When my allergies were first (0+ / 0-)

    diagnosed 20 years ago (my previous doctors always blamed smoking for my problems), I had a great allergist with my HMO.  He told me I needed to learn to live with my allergies and gave me examples:

    Biggest allergy:  Cats! (OMG)  And I wasn't giving up my pooties.  So I run hepa filters in every room.  And I don't brush them unless it's in front of an open window or in front of a hepa filter.  And wash hands after petting or scritchies (OMG if I rub an eye with unwashed hands...)

    Dust:  Be an immaculate housekeeper or a slob.  You can't be in between.  Dust daily or infrequently (using a damp cloth - I love microfiber).  Get a closed system vacuum with Hepa filter.  

    Ragweed/Mold:  Run air conditioning when levels are high, stay inside, and if you go outside, change clothes and shower (wash hair, too) when you come inside.

    And on and on.  

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 10:47:44 AM PST

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    •  I got rid of my allergies (1+ / 0-)
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      I had a pretty serious ragweed allergy.  I no longer do.

      I'm not going to say that doctors are idiots.  If I broke a bone or got in a car accident or had a heart attack or had a bacterial infection--yep, go to a doctor.  But for chronic conditions like diabetes or asthma or allergies, they only know the very basics.  They will give you a pill and in the case of allergies, tell you to avoid allergens.  There is so much more you can do.

      If we had single-payer healthcare, being proactive wouldn't be so important.  But it really does pay in this heartless country to know how to fix yourself up with home remedies.

      •  Some home remedies are better (0+ / 0-)

        than pharmaceuticals.  Less side effects, too.

        I normally don't have problems with my allergies, but when I do, it's bad.  As a result, I don't use meds on a routine basis.  One Albuterol and One Flovent inhaler generally lasts me a year.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 12:37:11 PM PST

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