cat allergy??? please help

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   Posted 5/16/2006 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I am new here. This is a great board. I have some questions I am hoping you can help me with.
 Lots of things going on. I have very bad sinusitus Had a ct scan which showed bone spurs, deviated spetum and moderate sinusitus.  I cannot breath at all through my nose. Over the last 6 months it has become unbearable. There is basically no air going through. I also have alot of pressure over my eyes... especially near my eyelids. My left eyelids seems to swell all the time lately. We adopted a kitten about 6 weeks ago. We had a cat and dog which we lost last year. I have had animals all my life and never had an allergy. Since getting this kitty my eye swells all the time.  I have been having breathing problems.. which they are telling me are from acid relfux. However, I did have the breathing problems before the kitty. THe eye issue is since the kitten. I dont know what to do. I went for allergy testing. I had the scratch test done and the bloodwork. Neither showed anything. Now my allergist is saying to do a more concentrated scratch test. Does this make a difference?? I dont know where to turn. I never had given up an animal. ANd my two little girls are overjoyed with the kitten. I cant imagine taking it away from them after they lost both pets last year.  I know this is a long message. I am just trying to get some advice on where to go next.  Can sinusitus be causing all my problems? Can i be allergic to the cat even though test dont show it.  Also will it get better as the cat gets older. A silly question but someone told me kitty hair is worse. We ANY advice you can provide wil be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance 

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   Posted 5/16/2006 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there and welcome to Healingwell! I've never heard of a more concentrated scratch test so i can't tell you much about that. But if you are getting worse after getting the cat, then I would think it IS the cat that is causing your eyes to swell. Do you put your face near the cat at all? My hubby is not "allergic" to cats but if he gets cat hair near his face, he starts to cough and itch. A few suggestions about the cat, I know they hate this but a bath once a week will help keep the dander at bay. Also too, thanks to a suggestion from my friend, taking your cat to the groomers for a little shave can help too. My friends daughter has severe allergies to cats and this has helped greatly. Also too, if this doesn't help, what if you were to give the cat away to a family member? That way the cat wouldn't be in the house but your kids could still see it on occasion. An no matter how old the cat is, dander is dander.
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