We just recently discovered DD2 (5) is allergic to cats. We did skin testing, she came up allergic to other things as well. We have two indoor cats, and have had them since before she was born. We also just returned tonight from a 2.5 week trip away where there were no animals at all that she was in contact. Within minutes of walking back into our house, her eyes were itchy and she was sneezing and complaining she didn't feel well. Her not feeling well is why we tested. We have more allergy appointments next week trying to figure what to do. Any advice, suggestion, BTDT?
It was a really tough decision but our sons health was on the line.
Sometimes the number of cats can make a difference. Definitely, finding homes for all the cats is ideal. But if there is a big attachment you might think of trying life with one. Vacuum with a HEPA filter vacuum, including the couch every week. Keep the cats out of the bedroom. Wall-to-wall carpets are an allergic person's nightmare. Air out the house. It is a lot of work, and maybe it won't make a difference or be worth the effort. But it is one possibility.
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If you are interested in trying an antihistamine ask your childs doctor about Zyrtec. I tried several others prior to a health professional telling me Zyrtec is the best for pet allergies and outdoor allergies. My daughter had severe episodes to dogs with face puffiness, itching eyes, night coughing, eczema ect since birth. We also found out she is allergic to cats and highly allergic to tree pollen, which animals can track inside during the spring, and we have one big black furry cat. She has been doing very well on Zyrtec without any side effects. It did take a few months to get the full effect but she no longer has any symptoms, and her skin is clearer than I have ever seen it. She is very good about washing her hands any time she is around animals. As long as she does okay I am going to keep the one cat as they already lost one of their pets this last year.
zyrtec also worked well for my daughter with no side effects(no drowsiness, no hyperness, no change in behavior or thinking, nothing! she was 10 so old enough to tell me) she is allergic to cats to the point of reacting to being in contact with a cat owner, but not deathly allergic. it takes at least a week of taking it for it to work smoothly. now at age 15 she just deals with it with no pills usually, but occasionally she takes a benedryl, like if she is spending the night with cat people and it gets too bad. i HATED the idea of a kid taking a pill everyday! but it had gotten so bad and we hadn't figured out her triggers yet. we had a cat, but her allergies were bad at other people's houses and during the spring. i don't know why our cat wasn't so bad but other cats turn her eyes purple and she gets snotty and itchy lol
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