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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've seen this mentioned here and there on the forums, but I wanted to know if anyone is allergic to their babies and how they deal with it?

Me personally, I am allergic, but it seems like a new cat will only bother me for a week and then I build up a resistance? However if I get fur in my face, or I rub my eyes after petting, it's on! VERY watery eyes, itchy face and sneezing! most of the time I have to wash my face to get it to stop. What about you?
post #2 of 14
I'm allergic to cats, but I've gotten used to Zissou. I'm still allergic to every other cat just as bad as always.
I take Singulair for asthma but I don't know if it affects my catllergies because I've been on it since before I lived with any cats.
I get little hives anywhere Zissou licks me, especially places like my neck or the insides of my elbows. Other cats I get hives if their fur so much as brushes against me.

Catllergies are terrible, but not having a cat would be even worse!
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
oh I forgot one thing too, if I get a scratch it swells up pretty good and itches like there's no tomorrow!
post #4 of 14
That would be horrible to be allergic to your kitties... I'm only allergic to penicillin. And only in the last 3 years. I took it in October and was fine, then got sick in January took it again and broke out in huge red itchy bumps EVERYWHERE...and I mean everywhere. It was horrible...I wanted to rub myself naked against a tree.
post #5 of 14
yikes!

I'm very mildly allergic to furry animals in general. For some reason the only thing that happens during allergy season is I get dark circles under my eyes (I found out because one year when I was in the dorm without any furry animals and I never got dark circles).

I use to think I was allergic to cats though. A roommate of mine had two cats and one would always sleep on my pillow. At first I thought it was cute, but then I would wake up with a scratchy throat and coughing. I realise now that it was because I was inhaling fur during my sleep!

I don't envy you guys that live off of the allergy medications. I'm glad they're out there for you, but to have such bad allergies it must be difficult. I wish you guys the lowest allergy season this year!
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
yikes!

I'm very mildly allergic to furry animals in general. For some reason the only thing that happens during allergy season is I get dark circles under my eyes (I found out because one year when I was in the dorm without any furry animals and I never got dark circles).
Hmmm maybe that's why I always have dark circles too?? I've never been without a cat and/or dog, so I wouldn't know what its like not to be around them I don't take any meds, I just suffer but they aren't too bad really. When I first went to meet Simon I had such an awful allergic reaction to him that his foster says "I'm so sorry, you probably don't want him now" and I said "a Meezer? I'd take him even if I couldn't breathe!" Which actually almost happened Simon is the only one that I have to be careful with, as he is the head butt/rubdown king. Within minutes of him rubbing on my face the reaction is in full force
post #7 of 14
Yep... I'm allergic to cats, although not too terribly. It depends on if they are short or long haired.

I get red and itchy eyes, throat and ears and then have to gulp down lots of Benedryl.

I was never allergic to Captain, however, which is strange. But Kanoe and Toulouse I had to get used to. It took a couple of months for each. And I'll still react to other people's cats.

Can't do anything but love them!!
post #8 of 14
I'm allergic as is my asthmatic fiance'.

We both do ok as long as the kitties don't sleep on our pillows
I take OTC Claritin, he takes perscription Zyrtec.
He also reacts to scratches, but not badly.
post #9 of 14
I am not allergic to my pets. If I was I would just live with it!

On a similar note, there was an ad on petfinder.com today for people getting rid of their cat of 18 YEARS because they suddenly developed allergies
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jen
I am not allergic to my pets. If I was I would just live with it!

On a similar note, there was an ad on petfinder.com today for people getting rid of their cat of 18 YEARS because they suddenly developed allergies
Don't you just love those classifieds? I look on there almost everyday too, and some of the people really need a kick in the pants
post #11 of 14
I am allergic to Abby and take medication to help.
post #12 of 14
I have asthma and I used to be terribly alergic to cats throughout all of elementary school but after a while of spending more time with a couple of my friends that have a few cats I have developed a bit of a resistance and don't seem to be affected anymore.
post #13 of 14
I'm not allergic but I have developed athsma over the past two years or so. If I were allergic I'd do everything I could to keep my animals!
post #14 of 14
I'm allergic to cats and dogs. I also have asthma and they are a trigger. I take prescription Singulair and Clarinex, and use Visene antihistimine drops in my eyes if I touch them after petting one of my cats. The two prescriptions really help!!! If need be I use my Proventil HFA inhaler.
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