My name is Bob Davis and I’ve suffered from allergies and asthma all my life. I was not a very healthy baby and it wasn’t until our family dog passed on and my overall health started to improve, that my parents started to put two and two together. After some doctor visits and a few tests, it became quite clear that I suffered from various environmental allergies, which when not addressed, most often led to asthma attacks.
Let’s face it. Allergies suck! Allergies combined with Asthma suck even more. It’s tough growing up with allergies and I’ve been in all the situations that many of you have probably been at one time or another. Remember not being able to play at your friend’s house because they had a dog or a cat? Remember not being able to ride Uncle Carl’s pony with your cousins because you’d end up a hive-covered, red-eyed snot monster? How often have you been miserable in the Spring or Fall because “something was blooming” or the pollen count was elevated? I’ve slept on my share of porches when visiting friends or relatives and I’ve had my head hanging out a window all night valiantly struggling to get some fresh air in my lungs. The worst part is trying to explain it to folks who don’t have allergies. “But I vacuumed the carpet and put the dog outside. Why is he having such a hard time?” Ever hear those words before? Those without allergies just don’t get it.
Well, I’m now in my 40-somethings and sad to say, my allergies have not “gone away” with age. Yes, you did catch a hint of sarcasm in that last statement because, unfortunately, allergies do not simply “go away”. Also, unfortunately, there is no cure for allergies or asthma, and don’t let anyone fool you into believing otherwise. Let me repeat that… “There is no cure for allergies or asthma”. However, there are some things you can do to alleviate the symptoms, some steps you can take to avoid your allergy triggers, and even some ways to train your abnormal immune system (that’s what we allergic folks have, you know) to treat an allergen as something that doesn’t want to kill you. I should admit right now that I’m one of those “allergy people” that choose not to avoid many of my allergy triggers. In fact, as I write this, I’m working from home in the country, on a ranch teaming with various critters, and in a house full of dogs and cats. What can I say? I love animals and the country and I refuse to let allergies dictate whether I can or can’t enjoy either one of them. Over the years I’ve learned quite a few methods that really do help reduce allergy symptoms, even when you can’t avoid or, like me, choose not to avoid those allergy triggers that can make your life so miserable. I hope to pass those methods on to you along with some useful allergy and asthma information. I still have some bad allergy days here and there, but for the most part, I keep myself happily allergy symptom free and that’s without daily doses of OTC or prescription allergy drugs and the side-effects that go with them.
Here’s to your health!