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Offline gianetta

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« on: March 18, 2007, 12:11:22 PM »
Good morning,

I love Sunday mornings.  My little girls and husband are still asleep and I get a few moments.  Has anybody else out there had a complete allergy meltdown since testing positive?  I've found my allergies are ten times worse since becoming positive ten years ago.  Any thoughts?

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Re: ick
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2007, 12:19:51 PM »
I agree Sunday mornings are fab, as for the allergy thing, i never had allergies before and don't have any now, one thing to be grateful for i guess.
I hope your Sunday goes good for you babe

Paul xXx
Diagnosed 01/08/06
CD4-9, VL->500,000, CD4% 1
Started on Sustiva/combivir 22/08/06 changed to kivexa 18/09/06
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CD4-112, VL-125, CD4% 7.5
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Offline gianetta

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Re: ick
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2007, 12:22:18 PM »
Thanks, Paul.

I think I'll just seal myself in a pollen-free plastic bag today and feel sorry for myself.  The husband can take the girls to the zoo. ;D

Offline pozinbama

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Re: ick
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2007, 12:41:33 PM »
I'm having a very sniffly and snotty Sunday too. Ugh. But I don't think they have become worse since becoming poz.

Offline gianetta

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Re: ick
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2007, 12:48:53 PM »
I'm sorry to hear that, honey.  I guess we'll both be miserable today.  I swear I am going to buy stock in Kleenex and Sudafed.  My usage alone ought to skyrocket the value.


Offline aupointillimite

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Re: ick
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2007, 01:39:14 PM »
This is a very interesting question.  Does anyone know anything about this?

I used to have horrendous allergies, but since testing poz... they've lost a lot of their severity.  I used to have an IV drip filled with Claritin... now... not so much.

I hope you kill some histamines today.  Damn plant orgies.

It's beautiful outside but kinda cold here.

I shall attempt to research this topic and see if I can get back to you with anything.
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

Offline aupointillimite

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Re: ick
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2007, 01:54:49 PM »
OK... I've tried searching... and there doesn't seem to be a whole hell of a lot on the subject.

I read something here:


that states that viral infections like HIV and HBV can increase the chance of drug allergies...

But I really wasn't able to find too much (or anything from a solid website) that said one way or the other.
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

Offline gianetta

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Re: ick
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2007, 01:07:28 PM »
I'm not sure if you are still reading this strand, but thank you very much for researching.  I appreciate it.


Offline aupointillimite

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Re: ick
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2007, 01:15:57 PM »
I'm not sure if you are still reading this strand, but thank you very much for researching.  I appreciate it.


You're quite welcome!

I was interested too... I was just a little miffed (and sorry) that I couldn't find anything more on the subject.
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

Offline bear60

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Re: ick
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2007, 01:25:02 PM »
Take this for what it is: anecdotal evidence only.
Allergies and such run in my family.  I have inherited all of my fathers problems with allergies...but they seem worse than his. Why...dont know.
But I will say that HIV might play a role, again, I dont know.
However, I can say that taking claritin every day has helped. I used to get horrible sinus infections and now I do not. I used Flonase and Neonase for about three or four years in addition to the Claritin and have now stopped using that sort of nasal spay every day.
Having the sinus infections was so unpleasant that I would do anything to stop them..........................short of surgery.
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Offline Central79

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Re: ick
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2007, 02:57:56 PM »
What a fascinating question. Intuitively, I could imagine that having fewer CD4 cells, or less CD4 cell variability, might dampen down the abnormal immune response that constitutes allergy. Or you could argue it the other way, that the increased global activation of the immune system in early HIV might increase the severity of allergies.

I had a mooch around, and predictably it's more complicated than that. I liked this article, abstract available on pubmed:

Predictors of atopy in HIV-infected patients (Corominas et al.,)
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2000 Jun;84(6):607-11.

Which basically said that allergy is more common in HIV+ people than the general population and more common in HIV+ people than AIDS patients. It goes on to try and explain all this by measuring various markers: serum immunoglobulins, specific IgE, lymphocyte subsets, and the expression of low affinity IgE receptor (CD23) on B cells.

They found that only IgE and a personal history of allergy in the past were associated with allergy once poz. They found IgE to be higher in HIV+ people than the general population, and higher in non-AIDS compared to AIDS patients. So that fits.

I'll continue to root around.

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26/1/06 - 860 (22%), VL > 500,000
24/4/06 - 820 (24.6%), VL 158,000
13/7/06 - 840 (22%), VL 268,000
1/11/06 - 680 (21%), VL 93,100
29/1/07 - 1,020 (27.5%), VL 46,500
15/5/07 - 1,140 (22.8%), VL not done.
13/10/07 - 759 (23.2%), VL 170,000
6/11/07 - 630 (25%), VL 19,324
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Offline Ihavehope

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Re: ick
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2007, 05:57:07 PM »
I use to have Major allergy attacks. I use to sneeze about 10 times in a row and have the sniffles and itchy eyes about once a month. Since Novemeber I have not had any allergy occurances which I find quite odd. I am a bit scared because it use to be a part of me and now I kinna miss it.
Infected: April 2005
12/6/06 - Diagnosed HIV positive
12/19/06 - CD4 = 240  22% VL = 26,300
1/4/07 - CD4 = 200 16% VL = ?
2/9/07 = Started Kaletra/Truvada
3/13/07 = CD4 = 386 22% VL ?

Offline bear60

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Re: ick
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2007, 06:17:39 PM »
Keeping a clean house is VERY important. Mold and mildew, dust etc....drive me crazy. I think a clean house makes my sinuses work better.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia


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