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abmann
abmann
Not really seasonal, not really curable.
So. After 3.75 hours, I am allergic to dogs, pollen, ragweed, cats, cockroach and dustmites. The last is very obviously the worst given the large, still visible lump on my arm.

Dog was negligible. Ragweed and pollen were moderate; cats a few steps above those but less than dust mites. At least, that's what it seems. Doctor put cats, dust and ragweed about similar.

Doc recommends hard wood floors (yay) and pillow and mattress coverings which cost a homely penny. He told me he doesn't understand people liker me that are allergic to pets but still won't get rid of them.

Me specifically, apparently, as he said "you" and "people like you" rather than "people" or "pet owners." Personally? I don't understand why you don't get punched more, Sir Allergist.

Anyway, I really think reducing dust is the way to go. Think I can get a discount on hardwood floors if I say my doctor said I have to have them?

Also, he write a prescription for Clairitin D for me so I can get a full month's supply without being treated like a criminal. That's really nice. I suppose a particular bright spot among the small range of red, puffy irritation.
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assfingers From: assfingers Date: September 19th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
you should acquire hypoallergenic cats to go along with your hardwood floors.

works wonders for me.
abmann From: abmann Date: September 19th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to the Very Important Medical Literature I was given, hypoallergenic cats are a lie.

That may be a lie because they sell dander-related projects in said VIML.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: September 19th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
she doesn't make me sneeze. at all. you've seen what your cats do to me when I'm medicated.
abmann From: abmann Date: September 19th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't recall you ever having isue with my cats either. I think you're a lie.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: September 19th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
LIES AND SLANDER
at that st pattys party I only had like 2 adult beverages and was near death.

your new place hasn't warranted similar results, though.
abmann From: abmann Date: September 19th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Could have been the beer. Or lucky charms. Or green food dye.

Probably the beer. I think you brought some of the Big Box Bad stuff. :)
assfingers From: assfingers Date: September 19th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
YOUR DEVIOSITY KNOWS NO BOUNDS
alyska From: alyska Date: September 19th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
sphinx cats are ideal for this.

they gave me the literature about the mattress covers and stuff, too. gettign a latex mattress ahs worked just as well for us (makes it harder for the mites to burrow in.)
cabell From: cabell Date: September 19th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Douchebag. I'm mildly allergic to my cats, although OTC antihistamines seem to control it pretty well.
abmann From: abmann Date: September 19th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ditto that. Though if we don't vacuum regularly, I can get stuffier. Hardwood floors FTW, yo.
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: September 19th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Same with me - I need a regularly-cleaned home environment.
techdragon From: techdragon Date: September 19th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have had some good allergists who are "pro-pets that you are allergic too".. one actually suggested the book "The New Natural cat" that has a vita mix supplement you can sprinkle on cat food that reduces the dander and therefore reduce your allergies.
It worked really well, till I got too lazy to do it anymore and by then I had gotten used to my cats. Only when I have been away for a while or it is someone elses' cats that I get really bad.

abmann From: abmann Date: September 19th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, I'm all for that. I'm so not ditching the cats.

Do you recall how pricey said mix was?
techdragon From: techdragon Date: September 19th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
You mix it yourself from health store ingrediants (or I got most of them at copps) Makes a huge batch for not too much $$ Also, makes their coats nicer ... I think it is around here somewhere.


Vita Mineral Mix

1 ½ cups yeast powder (any food yeast: brewer's, tarula, or nutritional)
¼ cup kelp powder or ½ cup mixed trace mineral powder
1 cup lecithin granules
2 cups wheat bran
2 cups bone meal, calcium lactate, or calcium gluconate

Mix together and store in a covered container. Be sure to refrigerate (everything but the lecithin and minerals perishes at room temperature).

Add 1 teaspoonful of Vita Mineral Mix to each cat's meal (2 teaspoonfuls per cat per day).

Apparently she (Anitra Frazier:) does now sell it pre-made too.
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: September 19th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm kind of scared of finding out what I'm allergic to. But getting an Rx for Claratin is awesome - if you get generic Loratadine, it's WAY cheaper to get the as an Rx than over-the-counter!

And yes - punches for Sir Allergist, indeed. I find that I'm not allergic to my own cats, so pbblblblblblblbb!
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: September 19th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you considered shaving your cats?
abmann From: abmann Date: September 19th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: September 19th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you shaved your cats yet?
From: sasha_feather Date: September 19th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, your allergist sounds like a jerk. I hope you fire him and get a new one. I have the dust mite allergy too, and my allergist is amazing.
abmann From: abmann Date: September 19th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I apparently have no choice over my allergist. I requested the appointment in July and in August was told who to see and when.
leathermines From: leathermines Date: September 19th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I clean for several people with severe dustmite allergies and I have found that taking a cloth with vinegar(plain white) on it to wipe down all surfaces, not just hard ones, will reduce the dust mite count for quite a while after it. The vinegar dries the damn things out, making them easier to brush or vacuume up in the next few days after 'treatment'. Put your pillows and lap blankets into the dryer on no-heat for 10 to 20 minutes every week to shake out whatever has been caught on the fabric. If you use clay style litter for your cat, I recommend the ceader or the newspaper style litters that are available. Especially the ceader ones have anti-bacterial properties and the dustmites will be repelled. Ceader and pennyroyal are both good for repelling insects and can be found or made in a lot of products... you know like soaps... ;)
cassandraterra From: cassandraterra Date: September 19th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
My allergist recommended the same thing, getting hardwood floors for the dust mites and getting the coverings which cost sooo much!

She also gave me the same speal about getting rid of my cats! It's call allergy meds, yes? I can take those and they help, yes? *rolls eyes*

Worst comes to worst I can get allergy shots. But I'm not getting rid of my cats. You can pry them out of my cold dead hands first.
beloitst From: beloitst Date: September 19th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, I don't understand pet owners who are allergic to their pets and won't get rid of them. *shrug* Some people (like me) just aren't animal people and just don't get it.

However, having lived with severe dust mite allergies -- the covers are WORTH IT. Get them.

Upgrade to a fancy HEPPA filtered dry vacuum, and if you do go to hardwood floors, invest in a floor cleaner too, as hard wood floors need to be washed and mopping is *so* last century. (Sears is having a 3 day sale...)
beloitst From: beloitst Date: September 19th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
PS don't foget you need to do things like vucuum/wipe down blinds and curtains. You'd be amazed at the dust they harbor.
From: natural_path Date: September 20th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, some doctors are really lazy.
Did he tell you that vitamin C is an anti histamine that has no side effects??

ps,
good luck eating at restaurants, cockroach is in EVERYTHING.


kiwikat From: kiwikat Date: September 20th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I sucked on the phone today, my reception in my office is nonexistent.

That is a lot of things to be allergic to! No wonder you feel icky.

I think your doctor is a douchebag and I'm surprised he doesn't get punched too. I mean, that's just asking for it.

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