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    Does anyone get allergy shots? I've been getting them once a month for years, but just read that they can aggravate Lupus flares so now I'm not sure I should continue getting them. Any thoughts on this? I'm so newly diagnosed that I haven't had the opportunity yet to discuss this with my doctor.

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    Geo,

    I've never had allergy shots but i do know by what i've read they can affect autoimmune diseases and me having those, no way would i have them because we suffer enough without aggravation ontop...i'd definitely speak to your doctor.

    I'm adding a piece below about them and it also helps other member's.

    Terry xxx

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    Allergy injections with Lupus

    Cold and flu season is finally behind us, but for 36 million Americans who have seasonal allergies, or hay fever, sniffing and sneezing season is in full bloom. There’s good news, though, behind the cloud of pollen. Research suggests that having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may make you 50 percent less likely to have hay fever. But if you do have RA and seasonal allergies, the allergies may make your RA less severe.


    Seasonal allergies occur when your body develops antibodies to pollens released by trees, grasses or weeds. When you’re exposed to the offender, these antibodies trigger the release of chemicals such as histamine, which cause mucous membranes in your nose, sinuses and eyes to swell, resulting in cold-like symptoms, says Mark Jacobson, MD, a Hinsdale, Ill., allergy and asthma specialist and president of the Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.


    Seasonal allergies commonly affect people in the spring and fall, and while they’re typically not life-threatening, they can be life-disrupting. If not treated, chronic congestion from allergies can alter your sense of taste and smell and increase your susceptibility to chronic sinus infections and even asthma. But treatment options for people with RA are a bit different than for the general public. Most people can get allergy shots to reduce the need to medicate for symptoms, with the possibility of long-term relief and prevention of allergy-related complications, including asthma, down the line. But allergy shots are not advised for people with an autoimmune disease, such as RA or lupus, because they may cause disease complications.


    People with autoimmune diseases can use over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants or nasal sprays to treat seasonal allergies. However, they should first consult a doctor or pharmacist if they are also taking medications for other problems, such as depression, sleep problems or anxiety, to avoid drug interactions, including increased sedative effects.


    Allergy medications can be confused with arthritis medications. A corticosteroid nasal spray prescribed to treat seasonal allergies does not replace a corticosteroid pill prescribed to re*duce arthritis inflammation. Most of the corticosteroid in a nasal spray doesn’t get into the bloodstream, so nasal sprays have little systemic effect. Abruptly stopping oral corticosteroid treatment may cause potentially fatal adrenal gland problems.


    Best bet for people with RA: Minimize contact with pollen and irrigate your sinuses with a saline nasal spray to flush them out. Avoid outdoor activity during the morning hours, when pollen counts are highest, keep windows shut and run the air conditioner, particularly in the bedroom.

    www.arthritis.org/ra-and-hayfever.php

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    Thank you very much! I think I will skip my shots until I have talked to my doctor about this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peridot20_Gem View Post
    Geo,

    Try and get in to see your Doctor before they're due mate...unless you've got them soon. xxx
    Yeah, I actually should have had them last week. I could always call, I guess.

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    Geo,

    Please update we on what your doctor says please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peridot20_Gem View Post
    Allergy injections with Lupus

    Cold and flu season is finally behind us, but for 36 million Americans who have seasonal allergies, or hay fever, sniffing and sneezing season is in full bloom. There’s good news, though, behind the cloud of pollen. Research suggests that having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may make you 50 percent less likely to have hay fever. But if you do have RA and seasonal allergies, the allergies may make your RA less severe.

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    Best bet for people with RA: Minimize contact with pollen and irrigate your sinuses with a saline nasal spray to flush them out. Avoid outdoor activity during the morning hours, when pollen counts are highest, keep windows shut and run the air conditioner, particularly in the bedroom.

    www.arthritis.org/ra-and-hayfever.php
    Terry,

    Please stop posting long articles and documents, and then giving a link for what you just cut and pasted.

    In the future, please just give a brief description of the article, followed by the link.

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    Last edited by rob; 07-26-2011 at 07:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob View Post
    terry,

    please stop posting long articles and documents, and then giving a link for what you just cut and pasted.

    In the future, please just give a brief description of the article, followed by the link.

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    rob,

    as far as i'm concerned now ban me....because it looks like your face as got to fit to be allowed on the site
    Last edited by Peridot20_Gem; 07-26-2011 at 09:47 AM.

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    Rob....Humm. I was asked to check this out. I don't see this ban was necessary. I think people are confused with how you moderate. Rob, for someone out of the blue to suggest you ban them. Then people must feel you ban on a whim. Running a tight, too tight of a ship? What is going on Rob? People should not have to weigh their words, fearing the moderator. People here have illnesses..it is not a controversial topic site. Scares people away from a place that is here to help them with confidence, assurance and etc.

    Copy, paste and a link isn't allowable?? ....and for Terry to say as far as i'm concerned now ban me....because it looks like your face as got to fit to be allowed on the site. It is saying more than ban me, it is saying ban me because you run the show and you ban anyone who does fit into your grid....dunno. I must say from my point of view it makes me feel bad that people feel like that...even if it is one, two or three people.

    Love, O
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