I need to stop being allergic right meow.
November 7, 2012 7:48 AM Subscribe
I am allergic to cats. I need to live with cats in a few months. Before I pay for a doctor appointment, I would like to hear about some potential allergy prevention/treatment options and about the likelihood of getting over my allergies from anyone who went through this.
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. to Health & Fitness (35 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am moving in with my boyfriend in a few months (hooray!). He has two lovely cats, and I am very allergic. We will vacuum often and have cat-free rooms, but I know from prior experience that will not solve the problem. We agreed that if my allergies don't go away, we'll have to get rid of the cats, but I would like to keep the cats and hopefully stop being allergic over time.
About 15 years ago when I wanted a cat, I went to the allergy doctor and they said that they can give me shots every 2 weeks at first, and then less frequently, as my immune system starts improving against the allergies. I decided not to get a cat because it wasn't worth it at the time, so I don't know how well the shots actually work.
What do allergic people who have to live with cats currently do? Shots? If yes, what kind? How often? Claritin? Other medication?
Right now, I take Claritin-24D when I have to be around the cats, and with the Claritin, I am way less allergic and life is tolerable, but I am still sniffly, and if I touch my eyes by accident they get red and itchy. So I definitely need something stronger, and I would also prefer to not have to take something every day.
What worked best for you? Is it ridiculous to hope that the allergies will go away? Or how long did it take for the allergies to go away? Will my allergies go away if I suffer for a while medication-free, instead of relying on drugs? I will make an appointment with a doctor, but I wanted to hear from some people who went through this, to think about my options before I go in, and to know what I should expect.
Thanks for your input!