Saturday, May 5, 2012

Maybe a new drug, and one Q+A

My allergist recently told be about a study starting soon on a new allergy drug.  He thought that I might be a good choice for it.  I looked into it and it seems interesting but I am not sure if I should do it or not.

It supposedly might be extremely helpful to people who don't have good effects from most other allergy drugs (like myself).  I would have to go in weekly for monitoring, but that's not too much of a hassle.  The big thing I am worried about is that I might have to stop taking most of my allergy meds while I am in this study.  They don't help too much, but it still makes a difference.  Maybe I can just start and then drop if I have to, but I'd hate to do that.

Anyone have any opinions on if I should do it or not?

I also got one question I will answer:

Q:There's a theory (some scientific evidence, but not conclusive) that being infected with intestinal parasites can prevent allergies from developing, and perhaps cure them as well. Have you ever heard of this? Ever considered trying it?
A: I had heard something like that but I have no idea about any of the details.  I don't think it would something I want to do...having a parasite infection would freak me out!

Be sure to ask more questions!


  1. It's definitely a risk, but your symptoms seem like they are severe enough to warrant the risk. Is it at all possible to do the study and the switch to the new med at a time when you can really take care of yourself and minimize your contact with allergens (i.e. stay home or where ever your symptoms are less severe?)

    What kind of precautions do you take at home? Do you do netipot rinses? Have HEPA filters? Wear a filter mask?

    1. Well, I am not sure when the study itslef starts but I know I would have to go in for the preliminary session to see if I quality and to learn more about it within the next 2 weeks. I think I would start at that time too, or shortly after.

      At home I use hepa filters, but I don't wear a mask normally (I mention why in the post I made after this one). I have tried a netipot but it dosen't work for me. The water wont drain out of my other nostril. (Oh, I just realized, did you want me to answer these in the Q+A posts?)