I never had seasonal allergies until 2000, and I think that probably coincided with my first (then unknown) sarcoidosis flare up. I was so naive that I thought I had a cold and suffered through it as I hated and avoided seeing a doctor. I eventually figured out I had seasonal allergies by the spring of 2002.
I resisted taking allergy medicines and opted for more natural cures. It was not until after I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis that I actually started to take over the counter medicine for allergies, and I even waited two more years, in 2008, to start. I know, I am stubborn. But I theorize that because I never took any medications before, now my prescription medicines work so well for all of my conditions.
My allergies are spring allergies, and a bit of early fall, so I usually start my allergy medications in March and stop in October to give my body a “winter break” so to speak. This year I started in February and stopped at the start of this month, and this year I had vey little spring allergies, and yesterday marked exactly one week that I stopped.
I woke up yesterday with an itch at the top of my head. Then it got worse and the nape of my neck started to itch. By lunch time my neck, face and shoulders kicked in. By dinner my eyes and back and legs started. I never had an allergy manifest itself in that way. It is usually just itchy eyes and and sneezing.
This morning the itching was not so bad, until I got in the car and was 15 mins away from home. My head felt like I had a nest of fleas running around up there, my eyes burned and watered and then the face kicked in. I pulled into a CVS and got my usual brand of allergy medication and within 15 mins the symptoms subsided and I am back to normal now.
Here I now go again wondering if now I can’t come off of allergy medication. I already found out that I am on prednisone for the rest of my life as I have terrible reactions every time I try to come off.
Maybe because I never took medication is the reason now I find myself becoming dependent on prescription medications. What other tricks does this disease have up its sleeve?