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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Allergies

Anyone got any suggestions for cutting down on things that cause allergies to flare up throughout the house. My roommates cat is starting to really irratate my allergies and I'd like not to have to get rid of the cat.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 08:30 AM
 
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Well the first thing is cleaning, mainly dusting for most common allergens.
For the cat allergens, I've heard good things about Allerpet. This combined with regular brushing should cut down on the amount of the stuff your allergic to being released into the air.
http://www.allerpet.com/bathing/bath1.htm
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 11:17 AM
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Lyka, I have three cats and allergies (yes, I'm a sucker for stray cats and would rather deal with the allergies than see these babies outside ). Here are a couple things I do to keep my allergies from flaring up:

Vacuum! I vaccuum at least once a week, and the actual vaccum has a filteration system, which has be changed every couple months.

Change the air filter in your home to an allergy-reduction filter. This has really helped keep the dust/dander down in the house.

If the cat is allowed to sleep on the couch, use a lint brush on the furniture once a week or so and vacuum the cushions.

Don't let the cat in your bedroom (I'm bad about this, but only one of mine likes to sleep on the bed -- and I like having a kitty curled up with me, so I deal with it). If you do, change your linens at least once a week.

Also, I'm on a prescription allergy medicine too, Zyrtec, which has really helped with the cat allergies and all the other seasonal allergies.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 12:06 PM
 
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I am allergic to cats and I have two.

I agree with what everyone said so far. The worst thing I do is letting the cats on my bed to sleep. I shouldn't do this, it really gives me wheezing, etc, but I can't resist.
As far as meds, I am on Flonase (works FANTASTIC!!) and Singulair/Albuterol for wheezing symptoms. I hate to be on so many allergy meds, but hey, these cats are worth it!
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 09:03 AM
 
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What everyone has said is true but If you don't take care of yourself the cleaning measures will not do a heck of a lot. My house is as close to spotless as possible and I still have bad days. The only time my allergies can withstand my cats is when I keep my health in check. Vitamins every day (and not the garbage you buy in the grocery store), sleep (no kitty in the bedroom), exercise and regular detoxification. It may seem odd but if your liver is overworked from fighting toxins it cannot fight allergies effectively. As soon as I let my nutrition slide I am back to square one.

I don't like antihistamines because they only block histamines and I find when they wear off I am worse. I regularly take "Immunocare" for my allergies which balances out your immune system. Allergic disorders occur when the immune system overreacts to exposure to antigens in the environment, it is what they call an immune disorder. Although with any natural product it only works if you take it regularily. I ran out a couple weeks ago and I have been suffering ever since!

Another thing to add, don't change the cats litter, since cat allergies come from dander and saliva, their litterbox is a real source of allergens. Although, most here who have allergies don't have a choice but to change the litter.

Good Luck!
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Where do you find "immunocare"
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 10:20 AM
 
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Most health food stores carry it or something similiar. I am in Canada and I can purchase it from any generic health food store. The brand I use is Celt but I imagine there are many brands for the same product. I did a search on immunocare and it appeared to be widely available with different brand names.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2005, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Excellent, I'll be making that purchase today. Thank you all for your advice. It has been helpful and greatly appreciated.

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