Thursday, January 17, 2019
My Husband's Winter Allergies
Do any of you or a member of your family experience those pesky seasonal allergies? I used to get hit spring and fall, but not as bad anymore. My husband on the other hand has been hit real bad this fall and winter. He has had the worst congestion and cough ever! I am telling you, the cough from his sinuses dripping in his throat is horrible. And yes, he has been seen and checked out and it is allergies.
It started out with what he complained of as post nasal drip. Somehow he said as soon as he can feel it in his throat he starts coughing.It keeps him at wake at night, often it wakes me. Our daughters say they can hear him in their bedrooms when he is in the kitchen in the morning. So, first stop the local clinic, which told him it was probably a sinus infection. They gave him antibiotics for the infection, another medication to help reduce swelling in the nasal cavities and a Anyway, after he completed that series of medications, which did absolutely nothing, they decided he needed a chest x-ray, even though they were very positive that it was not in his chest. After the chest x-ray they put him on an antihistamine, which toned it down some, but it still continued.
Now, before we go any farther I will say here, that I have my own theories. When I found out that I was diabetic I cut out all sugar, white flour, soda, etc. My allergies ceased. Not only that, but when I do get sick, it usually ends quickly. Colds and flus that last for weeks with others, seem to run their course in 3-5 days now for me. I also use essential oils in a diffuser. I mainly use lavender and eucalyptus if I am in any way having sinus problems. My husband also has a fan on the stand next to his side of the bed that he likes to have blowing in his face continually. I can't stand it, and will often place a pillow on end between us to stop the air from hitting me. He consumed large amounts of soda. Diet, but soda nonetheless. And last of all, we had some mold growing because of some leaks we had in the roof.
So, the leaks are taken care of, but when I brought it up to them at the clinic, they were sure that the mold caused by the leaks was not the problem. We of course have taken care of the mold now. They were positive that the allergy medication they had him on would take care of it all. It did not. So, we switched to a nurse practitioner at another clinic. She has him on an allergy medication, but told him to stop soda, drink more water and to use a saline type solution in his nose to help clear out whatever was causing his reaction. He has also turned the fan away from his face. We were getting concerned, that he might have to go to a specialist like, Summit Shah.
He now coughs a lot less. The sinuses do not bother him as much. He is still taking the allergy medication, and it seems to be helping control the problem. Hopefully, come spring, it will all go away!
If any of you have some remedies you have tried, please leave a comment.