Adele, please explain the \"allery cup\" thought

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 11:19am
KIMMO's picture
Joined: 11/04/2006 - 09:00

I was reading one of your posts on one of the other boards & you were talking about having maybe more sensitive reactions as a result of your "allergy cup" being full. I was wondering what your thought is on that. I was thinking that maybe I was having so many reactions just prior to me figuring out that I might be PA & TNA, because my 'allergy cup" was full. Now I seem to be less reactive, except I still do seem to react to PN & TN exposures.

Hope that makes sense.


Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 1:17pm
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

The idea of a full allergy cup, means that when you've been exposed to a lot of things you're allergic to, it takes less allergen to cause a reaction.
For example, if I am having trouble with environmental allergies and then burn juniper in my fireplace, the juniper will bother me much more than at another time of the year when I'm not bothered by environmental allergens.
Now I hope I'm making sense!
[This message has been edited by Adele (edited January 29, 2007).]

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 1:41pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

The same thing happens to me. If my pollen allergies or another allergy is bothering me, I am much more bothered by being around dust than I am when my system isn't already a bit stressed. Unfortunately, I have a very long list of environmental allergies, and most of them are pretty bad and seem to be getting worse.
I think I'll have to start doing allergy shots soon. I've been trying to wait to do them with my older child. If I'm going to have to go once a week for awhile and he's going to have to go once a week for awhile, we may as well get it over with together. Another year, and he'll probably be able to deal with the shots, so I'm biding my time until then.

Posted on: Mon, 01/29/2007 - 11:06pm
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Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

I like this theory and I think it is so true.
Starting when ds was nearly three, every spring the pollen would be out and it would aggravate his eczema, trigger his asthma, he would constantly have hives.
Once we figured out all his food allergies, and started allergy shots his overall health was much better. I think a lot has to do with getting the environmental allergies under control. Before the allergy shots, he seemed to be SO sensitive to so much stuff including food.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 3:29am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I also agree, my reactions are worse during the spring months. I also find that they are worse when I am sick with a cold.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 4:47am
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Joined: 11/04/2006 - 09:00

Thanks, Adele. This makes sense. I've noticed that even though I tested neg. to SPT & RAST test for PA & TNA, I still tested very positive for the EA's, dust & dust mites & cat & dog on the SPT. Over the past 2 yrs. I've suffered with a few sinus infections. I've never had a problem with seasonal allergies, but I suppose that over the past 2 yrs. was when my EA's started getting worse & my nut allergies seemed to be progressing, even though I've tested neg. for PA. So, I really aggree with your "allergy cup" theory.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 9:38pm
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Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

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