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Allergies - The Sneezing Sickness

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Allergies, particularly what is known as "hayfever" affect thousands of
people worldwide. Here's a description of my suffering from dust and
sawdust allergies.


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I've suffered from an allergy to dust, sawdust, and fine particles, ever
since I graduated from high school. Shortly after I graduated, I moved
with my mother into a small cottage. For some reason, shortly after
starting to live in that place, I started getting sneezing fits, runny
nose, eyes, stuffed up and itchy nose. My condition became so bad that I
went to be examined by the local doctor. His diagnosis was that I was
allergic to dust, and fine particles. I expected him t o prescribe an
effective medication to make my symptoms go away but instead, his
recommendation was to remove all the dust from the environment where I

So I helped do a lot of vacuuming and general cleaning in the house, to
try to get rid of as much dust as possible. It didn't really work well
so when I had a bad attack, I used over the counter allergy medication
called Dimetapp. It seemed to stop the sneezing fits and the itchy and
stuffed up nose but one side effect was, it made me really sleepy.

Part of the problem might have been that my mother had a habit of shaking
out the bed linen, before making up my bed. In particular she would
shake out, or snap the sheet before arranging it on the mattress. This
seemed to shake out what ever lint or loose material that was attached to
the sheet and always seemed to make my condition worse.

When I moved to my work location accommodation, my allergies improved,
except when I was close to where a chain saw was cutting wood. The
sawdust seemed to make me experience many of the same symptoms as the
laundry dust had in the house.

I have learned that it is thought that the dust in a room does not really
cause the allergy symptoms. There is a point of view that dust mite
insects living on the grains of dust are actually responsible for causing
the person's discomfort.

The house mites, like all living things eat, and then eliminate their
waste. The mite's eliminations contain various protein type substances.
When you breathe these in or they come in contact with your skin, your
body makes antibodies. Your antibodies release a chemical known as
histamine. Histamine produces all my nasty sneezing and stuffed up runny
nose symptoms.

Because my mother also had allergies, it is thought that, I al so carry
the predisposition to the discomfort of allergies as having allergies is
thought to be a hereditary condition.

That doesn't really explain why I get all the same symptoms in a place
where there is sawdust in the air. Any time I am around fine particles
of sawdust my condition flares up. That is one reason why I would not
want to work In a saw mill, or plywood plant where there are fine wood
particles floating all over in the air as I would always be a sneezing

I find that by staying away from areas contaminated with these fine
particles, my condition has almost completely disappeared