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I think I am allergic to Poppy

post #1 of 14
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When i was a kid...I was severly allergic to cats....which is a main reason why I wasnt a "cat person" till i hit my 20's.......

Then there was emmet...the feline love of my life....and it was a choice between emmets safety or my health....I decided to be selfless and chose emmet over myself....and i would choose that path forever......

But something wierd happened...I who couldnt breathe if a cat even lived in a house i was in...had no allergic reactions to my emmet.......I totally belive this is because we were destined to meet....but thats another story........

then doofus showed up...the night he did...i got a rash...but then that passed, and I havent had a reaction since....

Mabby i have never had a reaction to either........

But poppy.......I have had the worst case of allergies known to man since shes come here.........I dont get it...........

I brush her,i have them all on dry food that helps with shedding and dander...I dont know what else to do.......

this is very troubling to me...I havent had a reaction to a cat in years....and now that I have chosen to be a vet tech...specializing in cats.....now the allergies are coming back.....I am sure you can see my delema........

please please....any advice would be most appreciated.....

thanx
post #2 of 14
Do you take any kind of allergy meds? If not, go see your doctor and this could be a simple solution.

I am also allergic to cats. I can only tolerate one in the house at a time. I take a few different meds to help out.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
Do you take any kind of allergy meds? If not, go see your doctor and this could be a simple solution.

I am also allergic to cats. I can only tolerate one in the house at a time. I take a few different meds to help out.

I tend not to react well to allergy meds....they make my heart race...and i just dont like the way they make my body feel...even if they stop the allergies....but this may be my only option......
post #4 of 14
You should see your allergist and ask if he can run you through the shot series--its the only thing that made my dust/dust-mite allergies somewhat bearable. I still take Zyrtec every day though--I'm allergic to dust, dust mites, most trees, grass, dogs and horses but not cats, go figure!
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by OllyExtra05
You should see your allergist and ask if he can run you through the shot series--its the only thing that made my dust/dust-mite allergies somewhat bearable. I still take Zyrtec every day though--I'm allergic to dust, dust mites, most trees, grass, dogs and horses but not cats, go figure!

yeah thanx for the advice..i appreciate it...I amhoping shell just take some getting used to...or maybe it is the season.....it is ragweed season after all......Its just really bad timing after all...ya know just started school for vet technology..... ...oh me.....my luck i guess....
post #6 of 14
I second the advice to go see an allergist - shots have made a big difference for me. It does take a while for them to help, though - in the meantime:

Will Poppy let you bathe her? A simple thorough rinse in warm water (you don't even need to use shampoo) will reduce the amount of dander on her fur. Ideally you should rinse her every 1 to 2 weeks.

Be sure to wash your hands after you pet the cats, before you touch your face.

If you can keep the cats out of the bedroom, it will help - an "allergy free" zone in your home can cut down a lot on your suffering.

Try to keep your house as clean & dust-free as possible - use a dust-mite proof mattress cover and pillow covers (they go over the pillow & under the pillowcase), and if possible (it's a big step) remove any carpeting or drapes in your bedroom & replace them with washable rugs & blinds. Reducing your exposure to other allergens can help increase your tolerance of the cats.

With time, you should become used to Poppy's individual allergens so they'll bother you less - different cats produce slightly different allergens, so it's possible to get used to your own cat but be bothered by others.

Since you have a history of cat allergy, I'd strongly suggest not adding any more new cats to your household - with each new cat you're increasing the dander in your household, increasing burden on your system, and increasing your chances of developing more problems (such as asthma or more severe allergies).
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by tuxedokitties
I second the advice to go see an allergist - shots have made a big difference for me. It does take a while for them to help, though - in the meantime:

Will Poppy let you bathe her? A simple thorough rinse in warm water (you don't even need to use shampoo) will reduce the amount of dander on her fur. Ideally you should rinse her every 1 to 2 weeks.

Be sure to wash your hands after you pet the cats, before you touch your face.

If you can keep the cats out of the bedroom, it will help - an "allergy free" zone in your home can cut down a lot on your suffering.

Try to keep your house as clean & dust-free as possible - use a dust-mite proof mattress cover and pillow covers (they go over the pillow & under the pillowcase), and if possible (it's a big step) remove any carpeting or drapes in your bedroom & replace them with washable rugs & blinds. Reducing your exposure to other allergens can help increase your tolerance of the cats.

With time, you should become used to Poppy's individual allergens so they'll bother you less - different cats produce slightly different allergens, so it's possible to get used to your own cat but be bothered by others.

Since you have a history of cat allergy, I'd strongly suggest not adding any more new cats to your household - with each new cat you're increasing the dander in your household, increasing burden on your system, and increasing your chances of developing more problems (such as asthma or more severe allergies).

thanx for the advice...
post #8 of 14
Oh I hope the reaction stop, I never knew you were allergic to kitts!
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Oh I hope the reaction stop, I never knew you were allergic to kitts!

I was when i was younger...but it went away once i begain caring for cats...ironic i know....but since poppy the allergies have returned...though ive felt good today
post #10 of 14
Bridget, I would try Allerpet on Poppy. I hear it works quite well. You can get it at petsmart or over the internet.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by hissy
Bridget, I would try Allerpet on Poppy. I hear it works quite well. You can get it at petsmart or over the internet.

thanx......

Allerpet...is that a supplement or a topical thing???
post #12 of 14
Bathing helps a lot. Simply brushing alone will not get rid of much dander. In fact it makes things worse for some folks because you're stirring it up. Allerpet or something similar helps too. You can find it in any pet store. You put it on a wash cloth and rub it deep into the cats fur, trying to get it right down to the skin. The cats you react to may just produce more dander. When you react to a new cat and then are ok after a while you are probably building up immunity to the dander.
post #13 of 14
Allerpet is a shampoo type thing only you dont have to rinse it off....
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by sharky
Allerpet is a shampoo type thing only you dont have to rinse it off....

thanx......its ok for the kits to have on them....like licking wise??
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