I'm a 49 yr old male whose currently on my 5th (yes that's 5th) round of allergy shots since taking them on and off starting in 1994. I test highly allergic to grasses, trees, and to a lesser degree molds, dust mites, cockroach. My only symptoms are forehead/facial pressure, mental fog, and fatigue. My sinuses are clear from the 2 previous sinus surgeries back in 2002 (latter surgery corrected the 1st one) and I have tried numerous other testing including candidia, epstein barr, etc. and all were negative. Even tried some antidepressants for a short period out of "nothing else to try" and it did no good for symptoms. Went to nuerologist and he even had a spinal tap and MRI brain scan done that showed everything was normal so I'm convinced my symptoms are related to something with immunity or possible food allergy. I do know that my body apparently has not built immunity to the previous shots as I was tested again before the latest round started about 2 yrs ago that I am currently on and they showed that I was still highly allergic to all allergens; like I'd never taken shots in the past. The only other thing that could be related to my body not building up immunity might be the fact that I do have a cold sore maybe once every year or so. Is there any evidence that HSV-1's effects on immune system might hinder body from building up immunity to allergy shots? I don't know what else to do; only that these symptoms have put a major dent in my career and personal goals. I frankly feel rotten most days. Have no clue where to turn from here other than just try and live with these symptoms. Any suggestions???
I'm 38 and I too have HSV-1 which occasionally causes flareups on my fingers (Herpetic Whitlow... probably picked up from working with patients in a hospital setting) and have been on sublingual immunotherapy drops for about 1 1/2 years... Suffer many bouts of colds. Exercise tolerance is lower than it used to be, and I often get sick when I do exercise. It's as if I am chronically immuno deficient. Would love to hear an answer from a doctor on these issues as well. I also wonder if years of taking antibiotics for multiple sinus infections has permanently altered my immune system. Over the past 10 months I changed my diet to boost my TH1 immunity and counteract dominant th2. Any guidance on this topic would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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