When I was 10 years old, I was tested and diagnosed with allergies to dogs, cats, dust mites, mold, grass, etc. I was put on antihistamines short term, and never had a problem, even though my parents had multiple dogs. I do have asthma attacks around cats, however.
I have always lived with multiple dogs; I am now 43 years old. We have five dogs now, all very low allergen, ranging from Shih-Tzus to Yorkies to Poodles. About three weeks ago, my husband brought home a horrible chest cold, and I got it. I got over the cold, but have been left with wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. I wound up in the E.R. last weekend, and they treated me with steroids and breathing treatments. My family doc has me on a nebulizer with Duoneb and Albuterol, and is weaning me off the Prednisone. I also am on Advair 500 and a rescue inhaler. My peak flows are coming back up, with my being able to blow near a 450 in the midafternoon.
We have tried to work on cleaning the house and have installed air cleaners in every room.
My question is, could this asthma flare have been triggered by the chest cold, but is lingering because of the dogs we have? Is it possible for me to have suddenly developed a sensitivity to our dogs, or has the threshold of animal dander in our house reached such a high point that my asthma just went crazy? I'm praying it's not the dogs; we love them so much.
Any advice is appreciated, and Happy Holidays!
|I agree with "wickedwanda" and in your case may be the both of them are the factor
CMII sorry about my english