(Closed) Pet Allergies

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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2680 posts
Sugar bee

I am super allergic to cats, dogs & horses.  I found out I was allergic to horses when I was abotu 9 or 10 taking horseback riding lessons.   On the way home my eyes were itching so I rubbed and rubbed them until I looked in the mirror and I had a bump the size of a golf ball under my eye!  Parents took me to get allergy tested right after that!

I used to take allergy medicine but I have a poodle that I am not allergic to.  However, every time I go to someones house that has dogs or cats, I sneeze non stop and its sometimes very hard for me to breathe.  I need to remember to take allergy pills with me!

We will get a cat when we get a house regardless of allergies.  I had one when I lived at home and I just had to make sure to wash my hands after I pet him so I didnt rub my eyes.  Other than the occassional sneeze, I actually got use to my cat and didnt have bad allergies.  We had him for about 14 years too.

Post # 4
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6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am allergic to cats – pretty badly – eyes swell shut and get asthma when I am around them!

When I stay over at FMILs house (she has two cats) I take benadryl  and it works like a charm!

Post # 5
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6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m pretty allergic to cats.  Honestly, i used to be really allergic to all pet dander/hair, but things really changed for me after completing an allergy shot regimen.  Now, we have two dogs, and they’re inside dogs, too! 

Post # 7
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6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Have you tried Claritin or Zyrtec?  Both are sold over the counter, now, and most people will find pretty good relief from using one or the other. 

Post # 9
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6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Zyrtec-D worked best for me, too, both with seasonal allergies and pet allergies. 

Post # 10
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145 posts
Blushing bee

Allergic to both cats and dogs here. Since I absolutely love dogs we have poodles, which are considered hypoallergenic so it works out quite nicely. Chihuahuas and cats drive me crazy and unfortunately benadryl doesn’t even work that well (which I use for my every day year-round allergies).

Post # 11
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My Fiance is quite allergic to cats to the point that he immediately takes a Benadryl if he gets near one (at my insisting – he NEVER takes medicine, but I can’t let the poor guy suffer like that). We have a neighborhood cat he sort of adopted (she roams), who has to sleep in our garage because he can’t handle the dander. A few weeks ago it was pretty cold so he wanted to bring her inside for a while. Not even 10 minutes after he brought her in, he was itching, had watery eyes, was sneezing and then was trying desperately to convince me that he wasn’t allergic to her. No such luck. I gave him a Benadryl, made the kitty a bed in the attached garage and tucked her in. She was more than happy to be out of the elements and in a warmer garage so she was fine. Fiance has such a big heart though, for animals and people alike. I love that about him! 🙂

Bella

Post # 12
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967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have horrible allergies to many things, including dogs.. I am currently on month 6 of weekly allergy shots and my symptoms have really improved. I used to break out in hives even walking through a field of grass, now I can sleep at night without itching! If you really want a cat, allergy shots are not so terrible. Yeah, it’s a shot, so it’s not fun, it’s just more of an inconvenience if anything. For me my allergies were starting to ruin activities in my daily life. It’s a big commitment but totally worth it in the end! Good luck! PS I swear by generic Zyrtec (much cheaper from costco, 18 for 365 pills!) and I also use the Neil-Med Sinus Rinse, which removes histamines from your nose. Kind of a gross process but helps so much! 

Post # 14
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916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m really allergic to cats and I have had my cat for the past 3 years. I don’t think I could live without him so I recently went to an allergist and they gave me a few nasal sprays to try out Nasenex and Astepro (which so far have been helping) and they told me to keep the cat out of the bedroom and our clothes out of the bedroom. I also bought a dander reducing waterless shampoo to put on him which seems to help, but he really does not like it.

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