Allergy/Asthma to cats, any tips?

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   Posted 10/28/2014 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I am new here and desperate for some help.
I have had my cats for 4 years, even volunteered at a shelter with 10 cats for a whole year. Nothing ever bothered me. All the sudden, and I mean out of the blue, I go jogging (which i did a lot with no problem) and I come home with a bad case of asthma attack. I go to allergist, they test me, and I test positive for all Maryland pollens/hays... and cats and birds. I can not give up my cats, I am doing allergy shots (6 months so far), taking allegra, nasonex, singulair ( montelukast ) every single day, and i have proair to use as needed. My chest feels tight in a daily basis. I was put on Dulera (for 2 weeks, did not help), I am now on Symbicort first week was great (I had a severe cold though), week 2 got chest issues 3 times a week, week 3 (this week), i am back to daily issues... I really am worried. To be honest the chest tightness is very very mild but uncomfortable feeling. Should I be worried? I don't want to be one of those sad old ladies carrying an oxygen tank everywhere in the future. I am 30 by the way.

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   Posted 10/29/2014 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Allergic reactions are cumulative. When pollen counts are high, mold counts are high and you spend a lot of time outside, you are going to have a reaction to your cats, too.

If you can manage your seasonal allergies, the cats shouldn't be a problem, but it is not unusual for allergies to get worse after you are exposed for a few years to a trigger. You might want to think about having fewer cats in the future.

You can also revise your surroundings at home to minimize your allergies - get rid of curtains in favor of blinds, get rid of carpets, choose leather over fabric for upholstery, get better filters on your home A/C, don't open windows during high pollen times.
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   Posted 10/30/2014 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Keep seeing the allergist. It takes more than 6 months for the shots to build up to your top tolerance level.

You might have to add another allergen to the shots. I had to add grass a few years ago. Allergies can come and go.

Are you taking the shots weekly? My allergist has me doing weekly during peak season for my particular allergies. I can get away with bi-weekly or monthly the rest of the year.

Were you also tested for food allergies? They can contribute to symptoms.

Keep a journal with the treatments you are taking, foods, drinks, what pollens you may notice, your symptoms, whether symptoms get worse after eating, going outside ... It can help your allergist and you diagnose your problems.

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   Posted 10/30/2014 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, yes when I did the test, they tested me for some food allergies. I have 62 pricks in total but most of them were for plant based allergies. I did this test 6 months ago and that is she decided to put me in allergy shots... it is just so stressful to love your pets and know they are not good for you and honestly being a foreigner in the USA, I really have no one I trust to take them in...

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   Posted 10/30/2014 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
One winter, my allergies were bad w/housecat, but so was a problem with dust mites. When illness surrounded us, I let the house go. All I had to do was wash the sheets once a week again. Had my husband vacuum . I did buy an air purifier to use in the house (the ion thing). It was expensive, but I thought I had asthma, lung problems.
My hubby brushes the cat with a wire brush and that helps.
After being outside, they say we bring in allergens on our hair, clothes. I even had to wash my hair after being outside, or wash my hubby's workclothes after mowing. It all adds up!
Allergy drops worked wonders for me from my ENT !

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   Posted 10/30/2014 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Most of our fall allergies here stem from harvesting of crops. My husband and I celebrate with joy at the first hard Frost!

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   Posted 11/4/2014 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
This allergy usually occurs because of the toxins in the environment aside from the dusts and animals. To be toxic-free, you can go natural and use natural products. Hope it helps.

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   Posted 11/21/2014 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
hey tous - i've been thinking i should get some cat bags for mine - like a big zip lock with a holes in all the appropriate places - put it on, and zip it up - all the hairy, cruddy stuff would be somewhat contained -

or shaving might work -
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   Posted 11/21/2014 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
It would help to confine your cats in one area of the house where you can concentrate your air purifier and cleaning efforts. Use a high-grade HEPA vacuum cleaner to clean your carpets, walls, furniture, etc. at least twice a week and a HEPA air filter to purify the air. You can also try cleaning your home using vapor steam cleaner.

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   Posted 11/21/2014 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm wondering if maybe it's time for you to get into your primary and get a good check up, the chest tightness could be allergern but with your being stressed out maybe heart related so maybe see about talking to your primary and getting a ekg of your heart just to make sure it get ruled out.
Just as a pre caution...then once that is ruled out then maybe ask if it's related to other aches and pains...
trying to help out here but at your age chest related pains should be consider and looked into and such.

We had someone in the Chronic Pain forum for years and at one of his appointments they discovered some of his pain was heart related, so it's just good to get it checked out by your doctor first..
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