Oh wow! That would be horrible to manage. Medication wise I'm allergic to penicillin, clyndamyacin, and compazine. Then I have a couple food allergies/intolerances. I'm allergic to fructose which is in most fruits and juices. I'm also sensitive to syrups and gluten. Environment wise I am allergic to grass, dust, and pet dander. I also am allergic to a lot of skin products.
According to my allergy testing I'm not allergic to many things (dust, cats, dogs, birds, ragweed, elm, and latex). But they effect me a lot. I take Flonase, Xyzal, Allegra, and a steriod inhaler, and if I miss any one I wake up the next day barely able to breathe and it takes several more days of taking it to get back to my normal. My doctor suggested I try using a neti pot. I have, but not enough to know if it helps.
Cats, dogs, grass, trees, dust, mold, tomatoes, bananas, strawberries, sulfa, daypro, zoloft, paxil, some shampoos, most deodorants, and I'm sure there's more that I've forgotten. I also take Flonase, Cingulair, Loratadine, and Symbacort every day and Benadryl when those ones don't work. I have an Epi Pen but was told it wouldn't work because I take a beta blocker.
@ScaryAnn, if an epi pen won't work. BUt Benadryl does? I thought they were basically the same thing...to get adrenaline going?
@Lindseykytti; were you wondering about allergies specific or just how many people have them? How we deal with them?
It seemed to me that many people born in the 70's always had URIs, allergies etc...more kids in docs office with those conditions than anything else.. Anyway, my son had his first allergy test at 9mos..all 28 came up positive...by the time he was 2yrs..(all 56 positive)...doc asked if we would agree to use him as a teaching case...he's in a medical journal because of how many allergies he has..they also said best environment for him would be Alaska.. He too is allergic to banana...before he could tell me it made his throat "ookie" I would give him said banana because benadryl robs body of potassium..But docs said it isn't the fruit, it's the tree...I don't get that one...if you're allergic to tree wouldn't you be allergic to products of tree?
I can attest as to how frustrating it is not knowing and people doubting "You can't possibly have that many" ...a teacher wanted to remove him from class because he thought my son was pretending to sneeze because nobody can sneeze 20x in a row! Yes, principal called me at work and kids in class tried telling teacher he's done that since kindergarten...anyway...he's still battling and list is growing...
@Valdeen: I can't do clyndamyacin either...closes my throat but I have never had a problem with penicillin...
My understanding is that the EpiPen works off the beta that the beta blockers block. Apparently Benadryl works another way. All I know is what the allergist told us and that I have days when my throat swells and the only thing that helps is Benadryl on top of my daily meds. Even then I get larengitis for several hours after an episode.
Ah, I see it's because of the other drugs...I didn't have to deal with that..so was confused, I thought they worked the same...I get the larengitis thing...my sister and I both get the "drip" and clear our throats which is really annoying.. Doc changed me to zyrtec, but I don't think it works as well as Benadryl... Hope all are doing as well as you can for your ailments...