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How long for meds to help!?!

post #1 of 14
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Ok it's about 3:30 am. My husband and I just got home last night from a weekend away and I have to work today. But I'm up bawling in my livinng room. DH is allergic to cats. (I've posted on this before.) But he loves them. He adopted them for me before his last deployment because on the one before that I mentally did not do well and I've missed my kitties TERRIBLY since we got married.

So he's been home almost 2 weeks now after 4 months of furry love and purrs to make me happy. Last Wednesday the dr (family dr) gave him cingulair to take with his zyrtec. We bought a brand new hepa filtered good vacuum with a cool movable brush attachement for the couches and things and the largest ionic pro air filter Walmart had. We spent a lot of money basically. He sneezed in my grandparents basement all weekend. My cousin just moved out this summer and they had a cat down there so I didn't know if that had anything to do with it or the fact that its a basement in an old house because my allergies acted up too.

So now we're home again and DH wakes me up with all his sitting up, blowing nose, laying down...which is turning into that frustrated flop on the bed type laying down. (Which I well understand as I have pretty bad seasonal allergies myself.) So I'm awake and I just don't know what to do!

The cats are in need of a bath. With all the activity they've missed one or really 2 now. We also have an air filter in the bedroom and the cats aren't allowed in there. It's almost been a week since he's been on the new meds. So I guess my question is how long does it ususally take before they really help? Will he need more exposure to them for it all to help too? Like will time for his body to adapt to whatever about them he is allergic to? And what else can I do!?! I feel like my heart is being riped in shreds. I can't bear to separate with Mooch and Noodles. DH knew that when we adopted them and he hasn't asked me to give them up or anything. But it is in the back of my mind. And we've been so busy that I really havn't been cleaning the house like I want to. (Like vacuuming the furniture down and bathing them!) I just love them all so much! DH had a cat when he was a teen and all too he just kept away from it. Now he's hiding in his study or the bedroom. Please help! Any advice would be welcome. I'm going to try to sleep on the couch for a bit. Only 2 hours till the alarm goes off anyway.
post #2 of 14
I can feel your upset!

Have you tried Petal Cleanse? I use it when I am going to stay with my parents and my sister will be there (allergic to fur and asthmatic) It is really quick to do and very effective! It only takes three weeks to fully encapsulate the allergens, but it does make a considerable difference before that point!

I hope that you are able to get this sorted!

Sorry I couldn't be of any more help!
post #3 of 14
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Thanks for the suggestion Sarah! It looks like I could use it. I'll have to check more later where I can get it.
post #4 of 14
I believe that it does take time for the allergy meds to work. And he can also build up a little tolerance to the specific allergens in your home. But really, the best thing you can do is to be really vigilant with the cleaning. I think that the kitties are worth is.

What about your bedding? I found a wonderful pillow cover (that you use under the pillow case) that is impervious to allergens, but still soft to sleep on, it doesn't feel plastic. If he's having trouble sleeping, maybe the pillow is trapping irritants.
post #5 of 14
My husbands allergic too, but after testing, he was found to also have allergies to dust and dogs, we don't have a dog, but lets face it, we have dust! Just try to keep up on the cleaning, and give it some time. I know a few allergic peeps who live harmoniously with their fuzzy friends
post #6 of 14
I just hope the meds will work for him. When we had one cat in the house, my husband was fine. When we added the second one, he began to have problems. We finally had to move our cats outside. We had a chain link fence in the back yard anyway. I found something called a "cat fence in system" in a pet magazine. It is installed on the fence, either chain link or wood. It prevents other animals from being able to enter your back yard and keeps your cats safe and confined in your own space. Could something like that work for you.
I hope you can find a solution as I know you love your cats. My husband dearly loves our cats. He can let them on our screen porch in the mornings while we have coffee and it doesn't bother him being outside like that.
Good luck
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
Thanks for the suggestion Sarah! It looks like I could use it. I'll have to check more later where I can get it.
You can find international stockists here

I really do hope that it works for you!

post #8 of 14
Yes, it does take 2-3 weeks for the medications to build up in your system. Also - if he is REALLY bad, he can take an extra Zyrtec in the morning (my doctor told me this)
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Doc-n-SamsMom
My husbands allergic too, but after testing, he was found to also have allergies to dust and dogs, we don't have a dog, but lets face it, we have dust! Just try to keep up on the cleaning, and give it some time. I know a few allergic peeps who live harmoniously with their fuzzy friends
I'm hoping soon he can get tested. Poor guy came home with an ingrown toenail (yuck!!!) which he just had fixed today and a huge wart that he's getting taken off soon on top of the allergies. He's kinda been bombarded. But it would be good to know exactly what he's allergic to. He seems 'ok' this afternoon. He's so sweet he still hasn't complained directly about the cats just about not breathing out his nose and stuff. My poor hunnie. I think I may steam clean the carpets before winter too.

Thanks for all your suggestions everyone! I'm so glad to know there are people who understand and people who've found ways to live with thier kitties in spite of thier allergies. I needed the encouragement! The kitties are worth doing what I can.
post #10 of 14
I VOTE that he go to an allergist!
After 6 months w/ kitties I suddenly started having allergies during winter instead of spring. Uhoh, bad sign. I had been taking claritan, my PCP prescribed allegra which didn't seem to help. I went to an allergist who did a skin test. I reacted to every kind grass in the US, dust, mold, a few trees, and feathers! But not to cats. They did an injection test (more accurate) later on which said I was allergic to cats.
The grass and trees were no surprise, but wouldn't you know I had bought a lovely down comforter and pillows within the year. Additionally my apt had tons of mold. (moved out finally 2 months ago) Also the dust was kind of a surprise.My method was to reduce all the other allergens. No more feathers, less clutter in the bedroom, dust covers on the bed and pillows. you are also supposed to wash ALL bedding once a week in hot water. I also switched to Clarinex and flonase and so far no major problems if I take them. The allergist said that it's hard to tell if the cats are 90% or 5 % of the problem. It's a relief to me to know that the kitties are not a major source of problems for me!
post #11 of 14
My sis is allergic to cats, but has 4, and does the shots & Zyrtek. She was off the shots and doing quite well when she moved to Tennessee. Her allergies came back with a vengeance. after visiting the allergist & getting tested, turned out that housedust & mold spores were the problem. She had all the carpet removed & hardwood floors installed and is much,much better now. I hope you find solutions soon! for your hubby and for you. If you had to give up your cats, you could be heartbroken enough to develop reall illnesses yourself!
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by catsknowme
I hope you find solutions soon! for your hubby and for you. If you had to give up your cats, you could be heartbroken enough to develop reall illnesses yourself!
Yep...thats kind of the thing. He got them for me because I had such a difficult time with the deployment before this last one. They really did help me keep a stable mind. I love them so much I don't think I could bear giving them up. It would be like giving away part of me. They are family. And DH doesn't want to either.
post #13 of 14
My son has terrible seasonal allergies. He's supposed to take his Zyrtec every day, even if he doesn't have symptoms because you have to have a level of it in your blood. My husband says Flonase really helps him with his allergies.

And...I've heard that getting rid of the carpet works WONDERS. If there's any possibility - that's where a lot of those allergans hide, whether they're dust, animal dander, pollen, etc.
post #14 of 14
I have seasonal allergies, as well as dust and pollen...and..CATS lol but i have 14 and I am very used to my babies. I dont take medication at all anymore. As i dont really like to. If it gets really bad in the spring for my seasonal i take a bendryl and some eye stuff.

That being said when i was at my dads the other day visiting..i could have DIED my eyes swelled up and watered and i was sneezing. he hadnt vacuumed before i came over. and they just got a new nervous nelly of a cat. and of course after he spent 20mns being scared..he had to rub all over me.
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