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recently allergic to own dogs

Discussion in 'Personal' started by tod sal, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. .. and getting worse. Had dogs all my life and these 2 for 5/6 years and recently become allergic- At first just sneezing when I'm around them but now in any room they have been in. I also have asthma which also kicks in. WHY ??? have I suddenly become allergic- I Love my Poops... any help out there?
     
  2. .. and getting worse. Had dogs all my life and these 2 for 5/6 years and recently become allergic- At first just sneezing when I'm around them but now in any room they have been in. I also have asthma which also kicks in. WHY ??? have I suddenly become allergic- I Love my Poops... any help out there?
     
  3. My husband takes antihistamines when he goes to my mum's (who has dogs) I don't know if you can take them long term though - you may need to go and see your GP.
     
  4. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    Allergies can come and go.
    In winter we tend to have less ventilation in houses and so dust and dander can build up. Also this weather can antagonise wheeziness and make us more prone to chesty coughs and asthma.
    Best to be extra careful about exposure to doggy dander - vacuum often with hepa filter and open windows to blast the house with fresh air once a day or so.
    Take the dogs outside for a good brushing to reduce the dander and dust that remains in their coats.
    Also get a preventer inhaler if you haven't already; you may need the low dose steroid to suppress the sensitivity to irritation.
     
  5. I feel for you. We had a similar situation with my son and our lovely cats. My son ended up in hospital. It was awful. We were on the verge of getting rid of the cats when he suddenly started to get better. That was nearly two years ago and he's been fine ever since. It was a bit odd; the doctor put it down to a virus.
    I hope things get better for you. I think the advice from Giraffe is good.
     
  6. Thank you. I've always been allergic to cats- but have found that when I have my own, after a few weeks I have become tolerant to them. We have recently taken up a lot of carpets and now have floorboards so I thought this would help. I have a vague memory of hearing about a shampoo that helps but can't remember the name. Hopefully it will sort itself out.
     

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