Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Diagnosis: Mold, Dust, & Cats

Bryce's recent struggles with his environmental allergies finally got Jason motivated to go and see the allergist. He saw one as a child and took the now recalled Seldane for his mold allergy. But as he got older, he stopped taking medication for it unless absolutely necessary and mostly just suffered through it. That all ends today. Dr. S could not believe how extreme Jason's mold allergy is and it's followed closely by dust mite and CATS! (We don't have cats, thankfully.) He said that he's probably never noticed the cat allergy when we go to MIL's because his mold and dust mite are already so bad and that his cat allergy is likely one that does not trigger until 6-8 hours later which then makes you think it's something else causing the reaction.

Now Jason is on quite a few meds to calm everything down and will most likely be starting with allergy shots in a few weeks to begin the long process of becoming desensitized to his allergens.

Ah yes, another reason we won't ever have any furry little pets in my house. And honestly, I am not sad about that one bit. I've never hidden the fact that I don't like cats and while I do like dogs, I don't miss the fur, being home in time to let them out, and making plans for them when you are on vacation. Now we just add the fur/dander allergy and you have a good defense about why we can't get a pet when the kids start asking for one. Well, maybe I'll let them have a fish. Of course, with my record of killing fish, it might be a good idea not to have them and risk scarring my children.

1 comment:

Katie said...

Have you guys tried those Neti-Pot (sp?) things that were featured on the Oprah Winfrey show? Just wondering if they actually work. Some allergy-sufferers swear by them, but it looks so odd.