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July 28, 2011 8:01 AM Subscribe
Friend got cats, but I'm allergic - what's the protocol?
posted by greenish to health & fitness (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A close friend in another city, who I regularly (a few times a year) stay with, recently got two young cats.
I'm very allergic to cats - I have athsma and infuriatingly sensitive sinuses - and my allergy has worsened over the years, so that I can no longer spend more than an hour in a Cat House without feeling like I have flu coming on. The last time I stayed overnight in a relative's Cat House, caused a long and tiring athsma attack (not life-threatening but uncomfortable) and the horrid flu symptoms stayed for the day after, the face soreness longer still. It's quite an experience.
So I now don't know what to do - what is the mefite verdict on the protocol here? Do I go and stay but less often, and brave the histamine onslaught? Or do I pay for a B&B when I go, and lose the intimacy of staying in her house (and a bit of cash I guess), but gain a few days' good health? Is is a balance thing? Has anyone else been here?
A note on meds - I do use anti-histamines and inhalers, but they have become less effective over the years. Gawd bless the NHS, but they have not been the most helpful in finding me other solutions. The symptoms I describe above are with meds.