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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:28 am 
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Yesterday I took my son to an ENT. The reason for the apointment was that he appeared to have some hearing loss. He no longer appears to -- but I decided to keep the appointment anyway. His test showed perfect hearing.

I did speak to the specialist about allergies. I told her that about the time I was no longer noticing the possible hearing problem, his eyes were swelling, red, itchy -- during grass season, and especially when anyone was cutting grass. But, he tested negative a year ago (and was having symptoms them). She said it could depend on what part of the grass the doctor uses for the test -- it might not be the part he's allergic to. Also, there are hundreds of types of grass, and he may not be allergic to the one the doctor used.

She does think there probably was a hearing problem caused by allergies. Her recommendation is that next year when it starts, put him on antihistamine and decongestant -- and she told him to blow his nose, don't sniffle.

All this is really just to say -- it's nice to have a doctor explain, and not think that I'm insane for thinking it.

btw, she did say that she kept testing negative to cats and still insisted she was allergic. She did test positive when the allergist used protein from the cats saliva for the test. Apparently, she's not allergic to the dander which is what most doctor's use for the test.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:10 am 
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Congested ears and temporary hearing loss make sense. Thanks for posting about this. We had wondered about one of my son's hearing last spring, and also had him tested. The test showed perfect hearing too...so the congestion thing would explain a lot.

We also thought our sons were reacting to grass, but they tested negative as well. The allergist suggested that it is mould on the ground and grass that they react to (which they both had a "high positive" to). Has your son been tested for moulds?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:39 pm 
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My two older kids are allergic to penicillin (a mold). I refuse to allow this son to ever have it. Of the other two, one has had a very serious reaction to mold -- contact reaction.

The only reason I don't think this youngest son is reacting to mold in the grass is because it's only during the polinating season that he reacts to grass. I would think the mold is there all the time.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:46 pm 
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Yes, the mold is worst in early spring and late fall, but present all year...well except for when it's under snow (yay for Winnipeg!).

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:25 pm 
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Grass mold is worse in early spring and late fall. That's information I didn't know. I will keep that in mind during the fall to see if he starts reacting then. For the last three or four years his reactions have been getting worse each year, so if it is the mold, it will probably start reacting in the fall as well.

Which would mean I was right to not allow him any penicillin.

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Don't you wish someone would teach us the steps to this dance? They just play the music and off we go........

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:00 am 
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I don't know if it's the grass mold specifically that's worse in early spring/ late fall that's just the time when my sons are the sickest, and the allergist said it was due to mold not pollens. I've read that there are a few dozen types of mold that people commonly react too. Different types peak at different times of year, and to make it even more confusing some release their spores during dry weather, and some during wet!!!??? So it would depend on which varieties thrive in your particular area, and which of those you are allergic to, and what the weather is like any given season...:roll:

My sons get really, really ill right after the snow melts, then again, but a little less severely, in the fall after the first couple of freezes when the vegetation starts rotting. But they can't run around on wet grass or be outside when someone is raking/ mowing at anytime during the year without breaking out in huge, angry hives. The first time we let them run around in a sprinkler on the lawn, they both ended up looking like they had leprosy! We were absolutely terrified.

Ah, allergies...not for the faint of heart, are they?

Anyway, I hope you figure out what's bothering your son. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:52 pm 
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I get an Environmental Allergy alert from The Weather Network (courtesy of Claritin, I think) every day. It lists the level for various pollens and molds. Kind of helps me figure out what might be causing my kids' allergy problems.

I tried to go to The Weather Network just now to see where to sign up but cannot get on the site for some reason. I will post if I get on later.

K.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:40 pm 
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Go here to sign up for e-mail alerts from the weathernetwork:
http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather_centre/wcemail

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:38 am 
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Thanks Susan - that is the site I meant. Glad to see it's up again!

My most recent report shows that a mold called Cladosporium has a HIGH "Total Spores Level"... If that helps anyone!

K.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:12 pm 
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Thanks for posting about this. They didn't have the service available for the area where we used to live, and I had forgotten about signing up now that we've moved.

I also didn't know that they included mold info, I thought it was just pollens. This is going to be really useful. 8)

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