Oh no! I developed a cat allergy in my 20s, much to my dismay, which is why I don't own one.
My husband is allergic to our cats (and pretty much everything else that is green and grows). He uses Flonase and Claritin daily, and it works very well for him. He’s done this for years.
It might not be enough, though. I use it for seasonal allergies, but during peak pollen times, or to visit friends with cats, I need to supplement with antihistimines, and it’s definitely not enough to live with a cat. And my cat allergies are fairly mild compared to the OP’s colleague. The other issue is that it’s a maintenance medicine – you can’t take it just before the exposure, you need to take it every day, and it takes a while to kick in when you start.
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However, in the last week or so, I thought I was coming down with a general allergy from the normal sources, i.e. ragweed, etc. But then when I was at work or outside, I'd be fine. I'd go in the house, and suddenly I would be wheezing, coughing, etc. When I would try to sleep, my wheezing would keep me awake. A couple of days ago I came home from work for lunch, was OK, and our black cat sat next to me on the sofa and the wheezing/coughing started again.I have a very mild cat allergy myself, and I've had cats since I was a young lad. I just had to learn to not let them get up in my face, and to not scratch on them or carry them and then touch my eyes or nose. Your reaction sounds worse right now than just itchy eyes and a runny nose, but I also suspect something else is coming in besides cats that you've probably acclimated to years ago.I have a very mild cat allergy myself, and I've had cats since I was a young lad. I just had to learn to not let them get up in my face, and to not scratch on them or carry them and then touch my eyes or nose. Your reaction sounds worse right now than just itchy eyes and a runny nose, but I also suspect something else is coming in besides cats that you've probably acclimated to years ago.I think I might have an allergy to my cat. I've had her for 2 years now and there was nothing when we got her, but now when I pet her I sneeze and my eyes itch and get really red and sore. I don't want to get rid of her because I love her. What should I do? – Darci*But seriously, I hope it's not your cats. My sister had the reverse happen. When we were kids, she was horribly allergic to cats and dogs. But sometime in her 30's, she "grew out of it" or something. Now she has no allergies at all. Very strange.I felt terrible implementing this, as my bed is also Pookie’s bed. Lounging on the bottom corner right where the sun hits through the window is . I felt like a bad cat parent taking it away from her, but nearly every allergist agrees: the bedroom should be as allergen-free as possible.