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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:00 pm 
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Hi All
Here's my story
I have had an allergy to cats for about 25 years - it developed after living with cats for about 4 years then spending 3 months cat-free. The symptoms were itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose but usually I only experienced symptoms when I was in direct contact with a cat. About two years ago, I got into a relationship with a cat-owning man, and I have noticed that my symptoms have been getting worse. Just being in his house produces sneezing, sniffling, congestion and itchy eyes, recently I have started coughing after being in his home, and it clears up a few hours after leaving. I started wondering if somehow this was related to the cat allergy, and I read that it could be a symptom of asthma. This has caused me to reflect on feelings of suffocation that I have had occasionally when I have stayed the night at his place (I thought it was psychological, but now I am wondering).

I am wondering if someone has any insight on this - could the coughing and suffocating feelings come from the allergy? Could my cat allergy be worsening? how bad could it get?

Appreciate any info!

PS - also allergic to dust and ragweed


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:09 pm 
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Welcome! :D

Cat dander is everywhere in that house! I'm not surprised your felt like you were suffocating.
Allergic Living did a story on cat allergies in it's Winter 2008 edition: http://www.allergicliving.com/features.asp?copy_id=144

I suggest you invite him over to your place or go out.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:39 pm 
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Thanks - the article was interesting.
I realise the cause of the allergies (the dander) and am not looking for advice, just info about whether or not allergic reactions can worsen into asthma, and if what I am experiencing is indeed that.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:37 am 
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Sheila, there's such a strong co-relation between cat allergy and asthma that I'd be inclined to ask my doc about this. In case it is asthma, it's best to know. Even minor asthma attacks can turn serious - so strongly suggest you do find out.

It's very individual whether a cat allergy will evolve into asthma / asthma symptoms, and coughing can be asthma (not everybody wheezes). With the greater exposure, it certainly is possible from what experts have told Allergic Living.

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