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    Do seasonal allergies make it hard to breathe?

    I'm a C7 incomplete quad who is having a very hard time breathing. Both yesterday and today I started feeling kind of crappy, sneezing a lot with a sore, itchy throat. I obviously have issues with breathing because I'm a quad, but I don't usually have such a hard time. I imagine the crappy feeling is from allergies due to new allergens for the fall season, so I was wondering if anyone else has experienced breathing difficulties with seasonal allergies, especially quads? Basically, it's hard for me to take a deep breath and I feel like I'm going to pass out.
    C7 ASIA C from Transverse Myelitis. Diagnosed on 12/19/09.

    #2
    it's not SO bad that I need to go to the ER. Turning on the ac helped. I left the windows open last night, so maybe the ac cleared allergens out?
    C7 ASIA C from Transverse Myelitis. Diagnosed on 12/19/09.

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      #3
      It might be seasonal allergies, especially if the ac helped. Please watch and make sure that you see your doctor if you continue to have problems. You also may want to see your doc if you notice these same symptoms occur when you go out and clear up when you go into the ac. There are simple medications and processes that might help you.

      CKF
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #4
        Seasonal allergies in October? Isn't that usually a spring/early summer phenomenon when the trees are blasting out pollen?

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          #5
          Originally posted by Van Quad View Post
          Seasonal allergies in October? Isn't that usually a spring/early summer phenomenon when the trees are blasting out pollen?
          Not always, mine kick up more in the fall with the leaf mold and fireplace use. It is even worse when it rains and people are using their fireplaces.

          I have COPD from asthma and have been havng real troubled for the past two years. I'm seeing a new doc about this on thursday and hope to god that I can finally get some help. I am getting really worried about only being able to breathe when I'm on my hands and knees.
          Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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            #6
            Seasonal allergies can occur anytime throughout the year. It just depends on where you live and what you are allergic to.

            CKF
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #7
              Harvest time (grain dust etc) stirs up allergies for a lot of people here.

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                #8
                Short answer, YES, YES, YES. As the nurse said, it depends on what you are allergic to. Also, weather can impact air quality that can cause additional issues. Ry, an incomplete C-2 had severe asthma as a baby in Southern CA. We moved to rural VA before he was 3 and the asthma was gone. At 17 he was injured and went to Atlanta for rehab, in the summer. The asthma came back big time. Any time outdoors (ten minutes was more than enough) required three days of intense breathing treatments. He still needs support in the summer at home if there is something that triggers. We had a fire in the Great Dismal swamp last summer that was a BIT$& for him. I

                See your doctor. Maybe you need some support for your breathing at times. Breathing is so basic to life that you do not need for it to be an issue for you when there are meds available that can make it easier and more importantly, help you get the O2 you need.--eak
                Elizabeth A. Kephart, PHR
                mom/caregiver to Ryan-age 21
                Incomplete C-2 with TBI since 3/09

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                  #9
                  Back in Maryland just south of Baltimore I had problems with mold mainly in the spring but also when the local humidity combined with ozone levels went to orange. See your PCP and if he thinks you need it an allergy specialist. I needed a basic albuterol inhaler for the worst of the ozone days. Out here in Wisconsin I noticed a bit in mid summer but this was a record heat year and what pollen showed up was finer than normal and caused a lot of problems all around the area. I spent a lot of time inside and hate it when summers are normally great here.
                  Oh, both this dog and our last also had mold problems. Most local news channels and newspaper will track it and you might want to keep a calendar of symptoms to narrow down what hits you.
                  Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                  Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                    #10
                    Spring seasonal allergies used to cause me great discomfort. I would usually start taking antihistamines before the pollen started to fly. Several springs ago when I mentioned to my local supplements/herbal advisor I was about to start, she gave me cranky face.
                    She suggested instead to take a half capsule of citrus bioflavonoids along with a half teaspoon of vitamin C crystals first thing in the morning. I've been putting these in my morning protein shake for years because for me it worked better than the antihistamines.

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