Thanks so much Andrea! I’m not sure if the steroids helped or not, I just took the last pill yesterday so I guess I’ll find out! I have to take a combination of medications right now to function, but the most important thing seems to be to wear the pollen mask at all times to keep from reacting. If I don’t wear it I’m in trouble within half an hour regardless of whether I’ve eaten anything or not. I just ordered some screens you put into your nostrils which keeps all pollen out and eliminates the need for the stupid mask which I hate. They should arrive today and I can’t WAIT to try them! Also the pollen that I react to should be at the end of it’s cycle soon and I’ll be back to normal until this time next year. So annoying, I’m going crazy from being under house arrest! ha ha! So happy to hear that you are having success with the AAT! I hope that you continue to improve – keep me posted!!!! XO
During conventional pharmacologic dose corticosteroid therapy, ACTH production is inhibited with subsequent suppression of cortisol production by the adrenal cortex. Recovery time for normal HPA activity is variable depending upon the dose and duration of treatment. During this time the patient is vulnerable to any stressful situation. Although it has been shown that there is considerably less adrenal suppression following a single morning dose of prednisolone (10 mg) as opposed to a quarter of that dose administered every six hours, there is evidence that some suppressive effect on adrenal activity may be carried over into the following day when pharmacologic doses are used. Further, it has been shown that a single dose of certain corticosteroids will produce adrenal cortical suppression for two or more days. Other corticoids, including methylprednisolone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, and prednisolone, are considered to be short acting (producing adrenal cortical suppression for 1¼ to 1½ days following a single dose) and thus are recommended for alternate day therapy.