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#1 of 10 Old 09-16-2009, 04:02 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So I've always been allergic to cats, but nothing major. A little congestion with other people's cats, and I've quickly adjusted to my own pets.

We adopted a cat a few days ago. He is 6 months old, a really sweetie that my children are totally in love with. But I am having a horrible time with my allergies. My nasal passages are literally swollen shut. There isn't even a lot of mucous when I blow my nose; it's just like air is totally cut off. I'm waking up all night long feeling like I'm being choked. It's very scary. And I already don't get a lot of sleep with my kids, so I'm beyond exhausted.

I take quercetin/bromelein on a daily basis. Am using a homeopathic nasal spray. And I've resorted to benedryl, but it's not helping.

I really don't want to give back the cat. It would break my kids' heart, and I'm growing attached too. Is there something else I can do to help? Will my body adjust to the cat's dander (I'm assuming that's what's causing this.) I can't take the choking. Please help! Thanks.

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I vote on breathing.

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Wow, that was a snarky response. Thanks for making me feel even worse this morning!

I did get some helpful suggestions on the Pets board. Here's the link, in case anyone else is having this problem and wants to try some of the ideas out:

http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1137544

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Kathy isn't snarky. Just succinct. I'm not.

Where to start? Help 101
Basically, the gut is 70-80% of the immune system. It all starts with nutrient-dense foods, effective digestion (with adequate stomach acid), absorption of nutrients (in the gut with balanced microbials), and detoxification of the chemical byproducts of foods and environmental toxins by the liver, with adequate bio-available nutrients to support the detox pathways.

I would do whole food probiotics, cod liver oil, magnesium, vit. C, zinc, coconut oil, bone broths, green juices. Support the immune system.

Basically, you have to heal the gut to strengthen the immune system. Check out the "Healing the Gut-cheat sheet".
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=434071

Take a look at this thread discussing food *intolerances* avoidance vs not (re: detoxification discussion, ie detox pathways):
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1044707&highlight=avoidanc\
e+detox


Start here to learn about detox pathways:
http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/t...bstacle-course

And here are a few informal videos about detox pathways:
http://heal-thyself.ning.com/video/video

and here about evaluating digestion and stomach acid (beet "pink pee" test): http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/topics/the-beet-test

This thread about Healing the Gut with Food:
http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/t...-gut-with-food

Nutrient Dense Foods: http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/t...nt-dense-foods

Foods to Help Phase I and Phase II Detoxification:
http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/topics/nutrient-dense-foods?page=2&commentId=\
2814160%3AComment%3A655&x=1#2814160Comment655


Then here, the threads linked at the top will help you to understand more about identifying your family's detox pathways:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1045391

check out www.eatingcultures.com to try and guess on some of your detox pathways, and figure out which nutrients will be important for you. And www.detoxpuzzle.com to identify some of your detox pathways, nutrient deficiencies/needs.

Much of the immune system support is rooted in hormonal imbalances due to inadequate sleep, due to obstructed neurophysiological chemical processes due to nutrient deficiencies.

This is a terrific diagram of chemical "Pathways to Happiness and Sleep" (Serotonin and Melatonin). http://www.understand-andcure-anxiet...Melatonin.html

Healing the gut while pregnant or nursing has MANY cautions. Actively detoxing then is not recommended.
Here is a thread about detox and nursing:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1046932&highlight=lemon&pa\
ge=2


And this one "Detox gone wrong":
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1050596&highlight=detox+nu\
rsing


Consider reading "Do this, do that and you'll feel better" thread. Might cross check her ND's recs with yours.
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...8#post13266818

A lot of issues lead back to mercury exposure from dental fillings in the mother. Which lead to gut imbalances and candida. Candida binds with mercury to "store" it safely.

Caution killing-off candida "yeast", if one *has, or had* mercury fillings in their teeth. Killing candida releases mercury into blood circulation to be redeposited in organs, brain and breastmilk. Taking Vit C, selenium, clay, (zeolite?) could help to bind the mercury for excretion.

Additionally, there is a "bucket effect". As the allergen exposure overflows the body's ability to detoxify the chemicals (histamine, pollens, food proteins, heavy metals, food chemical byproducts (salicylates, amines, oxylates, halides), non-food chemicals such as MSG, artificial colors, artificial preservatives, etc. imbalances in the gut develop. Foods which are mostly acid-forming, rather than alkaline-forming, cause ph disruptions in the blood, and the ph in the mouth and cells becomes too acidic. There are many natural and simple alternatives to improve gut health (and dental health). Nutrient dense foods are most effective, imo.

Here's an old post of mine about addressing environmental allergens.
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=13719101&highlight=hidden#\
post13719101

Here is a link with more information about eliminating airborne allergens:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=12748820&highlight=provent\
il#post12748820


Unfortunately, the cascade of gut imbalances is associated with "C-section Syndrome": (ie. antibiotics at birth)
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=941070&highlight=detox+nur\
sing


Btw, on our site "Heal Thyself", if anyone wishes to post a thread about your gut healing, detox issues, food intolerance, candida, allergies, etc. There are many mamas who are very informed about all of this. http://heal-thyself.ning.com/

I'm working on creating an ebook to summarize all of our research and observations and experience. But, you can learn along with us!

A heated debate is the role of iodine in our diet related to hormonal balance and the deficiencies associated with nutrients. http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1091794

This is my "Cliffs Notes" version for healthy guts.
http://heal-thyself.ning.com/forum/t...160Comment3688




And please, start a separate thread "About Me", and the mamas are happy to help you trouble shoot and explore Healing Thyself.

Also, you might try BioAllers for cat dander. http://www.bioallers.com/product-exe...NML_HR_DNDR_1Z





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Wow. I feel very overwhelmed. I guess there's a whole 'nother world I need to learn about to help my allergies. I know the basics of the immune system, but this is intense.

Thank you very much. It's going to take me a while to weed through this, but I will. (Also ordered the Bioallers, thanks.) Maybe I'll start with the cliff notes.

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If you're feeling overwhelmed by Pat's advice, and, like me, guilty for not being able to implement it all, you could try homeopathic Bioallers. There is one for pet dander.

http://www.bioallers.com/category-exec/category_id/580

I think I had at least marginal success with the Household mold and yeast, which *I* took for my breastfeeding son. I plan to try the dairy one next.

ETA - Oh, duh. I was too quick to reply and I didn't even see that Bioallers was suggested and you said you were ordering some!!

DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.

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The Cliffs Notes is an abbreviated version. The BioAllers is a bandaid approach which won't work long term with constant exposure, imo.

But, don't miss this old post of mine about addressing environmental allergens.
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=13719101&highlight=hidden#\
post13719101


Here is a link with more information about eliminating airborne allergens:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=12748820&highlight=provent\
il#post12748820



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This sounds similar to the problems my husband had when we had our cat.

We also decided that breathing was more important than keeping our family pet. We were able to convince my in-laws to take the cat so that we could still see him. Any chance you can rehome him somewhere that you can still visit?

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I'm sorry if I sounded snarky. But to me breathing does trump a love of cats. I have a DH who had allergy-induced asthma to cats and a DD1 who is also allergic to cats. I had cats growing up but there's no way I would have a cat now when I know what it does to their lungs and how it makes their immune system always seem heightened, and get colds and viruses more easily. My DH is the same way with dogs, and we tried all the regular measures of hardwood floors and air purifiers and such, and it didn't help because the dander is in the air. We now have a hypoallergenic dog and made sure that DH wasn't going to react before we bought him. But if DH did start reacting to him, I would re-home the dog. "Air being cut off" does not sound like a condition I would live with if I had a choice. There are people who have had luck with homeopathy for it.

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For some reason, too, cats in particular can be a major asthma trigger. As in, someone who is allergic to cats and who then lives with one may develop asthma for the first time in their lives.

My asthma onset was a combination of environmental/occupational exposures and living with a cat. Sadly, I still have asthma over a decade later.

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