I have had minor non-seasonal allergies off and on during my life. But in
the last two years as I gained 50-60 pounds, my allergies got so much
worse that I missed work many times. I was allergic to cats (I have
three), dust and grass. I am now 3 months, ten days post-op, have lost 76
pounds and have not had any allergies in the last four weeks. I'm sure
it's due to my weight loss. I have suffered so long and can now breathe
through my nose. My doctor is amazed. The other ailment that I no longer
suffer from is migraines. I used to get a migraine every month on the
second day of my period. They were so severe. I have not had one in
I love your newsletter!
Prior to my weight loss surgery I had environmental allergies for years.
It got so bad it caused me to take shots and the allergies turned into
asthma. Six months after my surgery I was able to stop my asthma
medications. I will be three years post-op February 2, 2007.
I too was stricken with asthma which was triggered by allergies. I have
not had an asthma attack in over a year and my lungs are clear every time
I go to my allergist. I have lost 130 pounds and I am truly amazed that I
do not get as many colds and have not had those awful asthma attacks. I
feel like a new person that has a new lease on life.
Thank you for your newsletter it is so inspiring.
I had weight loss surgery June 2005, and I have lost about 150 pounds. I
used to have chronic bronchitis and had about four sinus infections a
year. I haven't even had a cold since my weight loss. I also suffered from
seasonal allergies and was also allergic to mites, dust, mold and
shellfish. I have had no signs whatsoever of any of these. Since my weight
loss, my immune system has had a huge boost from healthy eating habits and
vitamins. What a bonus!
In your Jan 1st issue you asked about gastric bypass patients
having better luck with allergies. Sorry, but not for me. They are still
bad. Pre-op I weighed 250 pounds and am 5’7”. Now 2 years later, I’m 125
pounds lighter but my allergies are still horrible. I have no particular
allergens, but I have two dogs that seem to shed fine hair constantly. And
the allergens in Western Pennsylvania seem to have been getting worse and
worse each year.
Well as usual, keep up the great articles. I love
them. They are interesting and informative for me. I’m actually writing a
story to send into you for my weight loss journey. Thank you again.
I enjoy your newsletter so much each month. I, too, have benefited from
gastric bypass surgery in regarding to allergy relief. I had terrible
sinus problems, and learned to expect to awake with a stuffy nose and
headache every morning. It has been common for me to have at least two
sinus infections each year for as long as I can remember and I've taken
allergy/sinus meds forever. Since my surgery five months ago I have most
50 pounds and I have absolutely zero allergy/sinus problems and am now
medication free. The surgery/weight loss is the only explanation because
nothing else has changed in my life. I continue to be amazed at the
number of improvements in my overall health. There are improvements that I
never expected. Life is good!
I just had my surgery in October, and have seasonal allergies, so I won't
know until spring whether or not my allergies problems have been
alleviated, but I do have hope. My surgeon and my family doctor both
suggested to me that my allergies may be relieved or resolved with my
weight loss because my nasal passages will be re-opened. Without the
extra weight, my sinuses won't be 'swollen' and I will be better able to
filter the allergens! I never experienced problems with allergies until
I hit the 200-pound mark!
My allergies weren't as bad as Janelle's however I did have to take a
claritin (sometimes two) everyday to control my allergies. Since my
gastric bypass surgery in January of 2005 I haven't taken a single
claritin or any allergy medication. I thought it was odd that lack of
allergies and my surgery coincided with each other.
Prior to my weight loss surgery, I had severe problems when I ate
lettuce. I had been allergy tested and I am allergic to it as well as
other things. I used to have severe irritable bowel problems if lettuce
touched anything I ate. I can eat is now without any problems.
I still have problems with outside allergies like
mold and ragweed. They
haven't improved and since moving to Florida, they are worse. I'm on
I have suffered major allergies all of my life. I was skinny until I got
pregnant. When I got pregnant, I got fat. Allergies have always been
here, fat or skinny. However they are lessening now that I am losing
weight. I had gastric bypass surgery almost a year ago. I have
eliminated offending foods such as bread, pasta, cereal, oats, dairy
products (except cheese) and processed corn products out of my diet for
two reasons. Number one, I have fibromyalgia and a diet eliminating
processed foods and dairy is recommended. Number two; I have realized
that it is those foods that cause me to have spiking and crashing blood
sugar levels, mood swings, bloating and weight gain, often 2-3 pounds
overnight! If you talk to an allergist, you'll find that the number one
offenders of allergies are dairy, wheat, and corn. So after surgery, we
are eliminating these high caloric/carbohydrate foods from our diets. It
just stands to reason that those of us who are allergy prone will have a
decrease in those symptoms too. I have less rhinitis, less puffy eyes,
less GI upset and less fluid gain. I also have fewer headaches, less
watery/teary eyes, and my mood swings are non-existent even though I'm
I'm a geriatric nurse and have worked closely with
specialists for years about these symptoms. I have been on every
medication on the market as well. Nothing has relieved my allergy symptoms
like having the surgery has. But it's not the surgery that did it. It was
the inability to eat those food products without consequences that
I can't say that my allergies are totally gone, but they are much better
than they used to be. I feel that it may be because every other part of
my health has improved. I think that my lung functions may have something
to do with it, but I could be wrong. I breathe and sleep so much better
than I used to in the past. I also have much more contact with the things
that used to irritate me i.e. grasses, pollen, dust, rag weed, trees and
such and maybe my body has learned to tolerate those things better than in
I was heavy as a child and all through my adult life,
allergies were another thing that limited me. That has changed for the
better and if the weight loss did it then so be it. I don't know if this
helps but if it makes any sense pass it along.
My allergies have gotten better. As of Jan 1st I am not sick yet. Usually
I have bronchitis by now or pneumonia. I used to get shots and take
medication for my allergies. I notice the meds do nothing now since my
allergies are not bothering me at all. I hate to stop taking them, but it
seems like a waste of time and money. The same is true for my asthma
medication. I have not had one asthma attack since my surgery in June.