I should start off by saying that I own a cat (my girlfriend's cat)and that I am allergic to cats. Exposure to cat brings on wheezing and well... asthma.
Years and years ago..another cat owning girlfriend... I used to use Advair along with a HEPA filter; it did the job quite well.
Fast forward to the present. I went to see my doctor and he prescribed the lower dosage Advair. It took the wheezing away but a side effect was constant phlegm, colorless, which results in my having to clear my throat a lot of the time and a wierd pulling sensation at the back of the throat...sort of like a delayed crawling sensation, I would almost say that it may be constricted.
I went back to my doctor and he took me off of Advair and put me on Symbicort///of course he told me that I should get rid of the cat. -- which of course my girlfriend understands is a possibility.-- I am on the 160/45 Symbicort one puff in the morning and one in the evening. Once again that pulling sensation at the back of my throat has started up and the phlegm is back; it has actually somewhat changed my voice! somewhat hoarser now.
Is there anything that I can do to alleviate these side effects? Are they common? Do I need a stronger dose. I want to do as much as possible before we decide that the cat has to go...but these side effects have me worried.
I assume that what you are experiencing is due to the medicines you use.
The constant sensation of mucus or phlegm in your throat dripping downward from the back of the nose, with constant need to clear the throat, is known as post-nasal drip.
It is related with chronic rhinitis, inflammation of nose lining, usually, due to allergy.
Animal dander from cats and dogs is strong allergen.
Asthma sufferers are very sensitive to many different allergens.
You should be more interested in eliminating obvious triggers, than using medicines for alleviating the symptoms.
Human health is still far more precious than animal company!
I find it offensive that people here are so ready to dispense with a life.
Rehomed animals end up dead, more often than not. While health issues are not at all to be taken lightly (indeed, I have my own chronic and often restrictive breathing issues since 9/11), neither are the lives that, through no fault of their own are seen as disposable.
I know a number of allergy and asthma sufferers that manage to make do very well until their "furry family" members pass on naturally.
But to recommend disposing of the animal so flippantly is heinous, imo.
I got a cat for my daughter as part of a nasty custody dispute. I was sneezing and coughing and putting drops in my eyes but did it for my daughter and her love of the cat.
After a week, I had to buy cat food as my supply of free samples ran out. I compared labels and bought an expensive brand because of the cranberries and high quality protein. I figured it was easier to budget for the food than for an unexpected vet bill due to UTC.
Three days after the cat started on the good food, my asthma and allergies disappeared.