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Old 08-08-2006, 11:40 PM
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So I have two little puppies and I also have allergies and asthma. So far so good with the two little ones I have. They're both small, less sheding and dander producing breeds. I have HEPA airfilters in my room and I bathe them once a week as well as use ALLERPET on them. I'm also taking Claritan. My biggest question I guess is what other things do you ( anyone w/these issues) do to keep the dander low and the health up? I'm not really happy w/the Claritan so any advice on better antihistimines would be appreciated as well. I cough ALL the time and it's so annoying.. I'd say that's my biggest symptom, but I'm committed to these pups being in my life so prevention seems to be the best medicine wherever I can get it Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:43 PM
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I prefer Zyrtec, but you need prescriptions for it. For asthma I use albuterol and advair.
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:51 PM
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I just wanted to wish you luck with finding ways to control your allergies. You are smart in trying to prevent the worse case.
I would also like to thank god that my family doesn't have to deal with this situation. You would probably hack up a lung in my house.
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:01 AM
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Thanks Julie =) I'm deathly allergic to cats and practically died from living w/my mom who had three of them. I've always wanted a dog, and now I have two, so I'm committed to finding the best ways to deal with the situation. I'm going to an allergist to find out "just how allergic" I am to dogs, but I know how most allergists use the old "get rid of the offending animal" crap which I'm not doing, regardless so I just wanted some info on the best treatments

Thanks Fran... I've heard Zyrtec is great, so I'll ask about it! Does ADVAIR work well? I've seen the ads on tv and it looks promising.
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:12 AM
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We have a son with allergies and has had a bout with asthma. He seems to have outgrown it. We have always had a cat and a dog and presently have 2 cats along with a dog. Of course, he's away at college but lived with them full-time for years.

The only thing we have done is kept the dog and cats out of his bedroom. Even with dust mites, his allergist had said the most important room to keep dust-free was the bedroom, with pillows and mattresses slipped into a covering.
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:13 AM
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i have severe asthma... and cannot live with many animals. When I first got my pit bull - dachshund cross 2 years ago he'd give me hives and I had quite a few problems with my asthma. Fortunately after 6 months I built up a tolerance to him, and just him it seems like, so except when he's super smelly or shedding a lot I do okay. However, when he's in his super shedding and smelly phase (as he is now) and/or if i fall off my meds (advair, singulair daily is the least amount of meds I can get away with) I start to have more issues and rely on my nebulizor more.

I also recommend allegra as a good way to keep allergies down. I haven't been able to use it this year because it's too expensive for me, but it has worked wonders in the past for my allergy headaches.

Oh and a lot of doctors are changing their tune of "get rid of the animal" - especially when you tell them flatly up front "i'm NOT getting rid of my dog." Quite a few of them will try to work with you I've found... 'course my own dog helps keep my stress levels down and my depression under control... Which is something I tell the more determined docs - "Either I have allergies or I kill myself... which would you prefer?"
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:18 AM
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I also wondered if my son built up immunities to our pets because he would have his problems primarily when he went to anyone's house with pets or someone who lived in a much older house (mold and dust?).

His doctor told us the flonase, nasonex.....the nasal sprays (steroids) helped the most with allergies. He was right, but my son didn't have allergies all the time, and we couldn't pinpoint when he was going to have a reaction. The nasal sprays took several days to build up and start working. He really needed to use them every day whether he was having problems or not for them to work.
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:23 AM
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I also wondered if my son built up immunities to our pets because he would have his problems primarily when he went to anyone's house with pets or someone who lived in a much older house (mold and dust?).

His doctor told us the flonase, nasonex.....the nasal sprays (steroids) helped the most with allergies. He was right, but my son didn't have allergies all the time, and we couldn't pinpoint when he was going to have a reaction. The nasal sprays took several days to build up and start working. He really needed to use them every day whether he was having problems or not for them to work.
I've used Flonase - but I hate being over medicated as much as I hate having asthma. I do think you can build up tolerances, but it does take time. I don't have dust mite allergies (thank god) but I am allergic to mold and most animals with fur... Dogs are a lot less, and Mojo is a lot less than most dogs. But not because he's "special" I have a bad asthma attack every time I try to give him a shower... I'm thinking of just taking him someplace to be groomed by some one else.

At any rate, I'm babbling and shall need to go home soon.
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:35 AM
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Mojozen I really appreciate the tips! As a girl with asthma my whole life, I kind of gave up on the idea of ever owning a dog and I am a HUGE animal lover. I never need to use asthma medication when I'm not around animals, but that limits me so much on where I can go and what I can do. So, I finally decided that I love animals way too much to let asthma and allergies get in my way. I'm hoping that through really good control over my environment and some good allergy meds maybe I won't have to have the asthma issues. It's been two months so far and short of coughing a lot, I haven't had to use my albuterol more than one puff a day, and not even every day. Anyhow, It's good to hear a sucess story of someone that's managing. I get really discouraged by people who tell me I should never have gotten my pups in the first place =/
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Old 08-09-2006, 06:34 AM
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Zinc, Magnesium, and Vit. C supplements are of great benefit when one suffers from allergies.
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