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we have cats, which i don't want to get rid of. we've had them about 2 years and my asthma is worse now than before we had cats. we read that it was the cat saliva that was the culprit so we used to bathe them but they are too feisty for that now. i only have asthma problems when i am at home. i don't really have any probs at school or in p.e. my mom feels really bad about the whole thing. my mom bought one of those wands that uses light to kill dust mites, bacteria, etc. hoping to use it on my bed, pillow, etc. and then seal the bed and pillow. if i touch my cats and then my face, i start to get splotchy and wheezy. right now my inhaler seems to not last long before i need 2 more puffs. i use proair(albuterol) and my doc already increased its level. i use xyzal and singulair at bedtime. does the wand work and will it help me? is there something better i can be doing? will wrapping my bed and pillow help? i cough and wheeze a lot but i really really don't want to ditch the cats. help


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replied February 2nd, 2009
Allergies Answer A5643
Current medical status: asthma in allergy situations
Current medical treatment: albuterol 4 or more times a day

Most of the patients with asthma have an allergic asthma background. The substances that cause allergies may differ, but can be inhaled in general. House dust mites, pollen, and mold spores are just various common ones. But pet epithelial cells can cause the symptoms, too. When allergens worsen the symptoms, there is no other way to improve the condition but to remove the allergens from the surroundings. Increasing the dose of the medicaments does not always give good results and can definitely cause adverse side-effects if taken more than recommended. Bathing the cats will not help, because the epithelial cells will keep on falling in the dust.


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