Originally Posted by Kit E Cat
My boyfriend is SEVERELY allergic to cats. I'm not talking about some sniffles or sneezing, I'm talking about he can't breathe and he also has allergy induced asthma and has had severe asthma attacks.
Kit E Cat, I went through the same thing- my boyfriend, who didn't grow up with cats, but had contact with them at friend's houses (without any problems), suddenly became severely allergic to them at the age of 24 or so. It started with my friend's cat, an all gray house cat. Same thing- full-blown asthma attack. Then he was allergic to all cats, any color/coat length until fairly recently, at the age of 30. He'd noticed that he could spend more time around friend's cats before getting a reaction, if he got one at all.
At Christmas, we visited an old family friend who had three gray cats and it came back with a vengeance. Within a half-hour he was outside gasping for air. And since I had filled out the paperwork to adopt a cat from the shelter I volunteer at (thinking, "FINALLY, I can have a cat again!") I was not happy.
We brought the cat home a week later, though, and were very relieved when at no time in the last 8 weeks has he had a reaction to our black and white cat. So, we think (hope, PRAY!) he's outgrown the allergy. We think he may just still have a reaction to gray cats, since they tend to have thicker coats, and sometimes are a little oilier than other cats.
Has your boyfriend always has this allergy? Maybe there's hope! BTW, what medication is he on? We found that only prescription asthma inhalers would do the trick. I've heard about another medicine, a class of drugs called Cromolyn sodium that are for people with allergy-induced asthma.