|Barked: Mon Feb 6, '12 4:37am PST |
|I've had Luke for about a month now. It's obvious that I'm allergic to him, which is the bad news. The good news is that I'm already on meds for Spring, Summer, and Fall because of seasonal allergies. So, I'm not opposed to just taking them throughout winter too. I'm not giving up Luke so please don't suggest that.
Right now, during allergy season, my doctor has me on Zyrtec, Mucinex D, and Flonase everyday. I have eustachian tube dysfunction so any sinus problems usually have me in the specialist's office for steroids and antibiotics. But now that Luke is here, it might be worth it for me to go to an allergist and see about shots. Anyone tried these?
The symptoms are sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, rash/hives where my skin has made contact with Luke, sinus congestion, and on bad days, my asthma will jump in to play too. The meds that control my seasonal allergies also work for my allergies to Luke so I'm not really changing much, other than taking them in winter. I might need to add Singular or Advair to the mix to keep the asthma more under control.
So, vacuum like crazy, thinking of having the furniture professionally cleaned and then using slipcovers so I can wash them frequently. Is there a good shampoo to use for Luke that might help me? I find the allergies are better if I can bathe him regularly. But I need to make sure it's a good brand so his skin doesn't suffer from more frequent bathing. I know that winter is the worst time for pet allergies because you are inside with them more. So, I am anticipating a lot of these symptoms to lessen with the warm weather (just in time for seasonal allergies LOL!).
Anyways, sorry for the rambling post (coffee is still brewing). Any advise on living with your pet and allergies would be greatly appreciated.
ETA: I realized I was allergic to Luke when I ran out of Zyrtec one day. At this time of year, I should have noticed a slight change from skipping a day. But by 9am, I was putting the kids in the car to run to the pharmacy. It was pretty awful.
Edited by author Mon Feb 6, '12 4:43am PST
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