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Old 10-08-2019, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Florida
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To make it short: we got a new cat and I have cat allergies (no problems with previous cat). When we picked up the cat, I had a huge reaction to the other cats (nose and eyes...). We took her home and I had her clumping cat litter box next to my bed (stupid). I changed the litter now and moved the box.

A few days later my chest started feeling heavy. I sleep great, I can stick my nose into her fur with no problems (eyes or nose). During the day, my chest gets tighter and tighter. I work in an office. I went to doctor and they gave me rescue inhaler. Didnít bring anything. Now Symbicort and cortisone pills for 5 days. No improvement. I am scheduled for the breathing test and allergies next week.

What I donít understand. I am fine at night. I sleep like a baby, no cough or shortness. We get up and we walk for about an hour in the morning. I can even run! No problems. The longer I am up, the worse itís gets. Now I developed dry cough. This is now going on for about 2 weeks ;-(

Is this really allergies or asthma? Anyone has some ideas what I should do?

Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:17 PM
 
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To make it short: we got a new cat and I have cat allergies (no problems with previous cat). When we picked up the cat, I had a huge reaction to the other cats (nose and eyes...). We took her home and I had her clumping cat litter box next to my bed (stupid). I changed the litter now and moved the box.

A few days later my chest started feeling heavy. I sleep great, I can stick my nose into her fur with no problems (eyes or nose). During the day, my chest gets tighter and tighter. I work in an office. I went to doctor and they gave me rescue inhaler. Didn’t bring anything. Now Symbicort and cortisone pills for 5 days. No improvement. I am scheduled for the breathing test and allergies next week.

What I don’t understand. I am fine at night. I sleep like a baby, no cough or shortness. We get up and we walk for about an hour in the morning. I can even run! No problems. The longer I am up, the worse it’s gets. Now I developed dry cough. This is now going on for about 2 weeks ;-(

Is this really allergies or asthma? Anyone has some ideas what I should do?

Thanks!
Are you taking any allergy medications or just the inhalers/prednisone?
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Claritin didn’t really bring anything. I also had to stop as I am not supposed to take any allergy medication before the allergy test. So just the inhalers and one more days steroids.

Will call doctor tomorrow as well.
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:37 PM
 
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Have you had rain lately? I’m having similar issues because we’re in a drought and the air is super dirty.
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We haven’t had rain in about a month. Two days ago was the first time raining in weeks! And we expect more. I am super happy about it as I was thinking about that too.
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:48 PM
 
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"Asthma or something else?"
something else.
well, the odds at guessing
favor the "field" over specific.
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Old 10-08-2019, 06:07 PM
 
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I know it’s only guessing. I will continue to inhale, take the spray (doesn’t work but probably doesn’t hurt either), drink water ... and call doctor. Feeling great otherwise. Very annoying.
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:01 PM
 
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I know itís only guessing. I will continue to inhale, take the spray (doesnít work but probably doesnít hurt either), drink water ... and call doctor. Feeling great otherwise. Very annoying.
You can get something called a peak flow meter. This is not an official breathing test, but something to measure your breathing from the good times to the bad times. If you are noticing a good time of day and a bad time of day, you can use the peak flow meter to test and see if there is an actual change in your breathing capacity. This is what people typically use to develop an asthma action plan or to know if they might need to take an inhaler. For example, if you feel good and blow a 400, and you feel bad and blow a 300, you would know it is time to take the inhaler. If you feel like your chest is tight and still blow a 400, that probably means there is some other issue.
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:05 PM
 
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Interesting. Depending on when the doctor will see me, I might get one. They basic ones are not super expansive.

I personally believe it’s not asthma and not related to the cat, but of course the doctor wants to make some money in tests ...
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Old 10-08-2019, 08:22 PM
 
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Interesting. Depending on when the doctor will see me, I might get one. They basic ones are not super expansive.

I personally believe itís not asthma and not related to the cat, but of course the doctor wants to make some money in tests ...
How are you going to know it is not asthma or allergies without getting tested for allergies or pulmonary function? You might have an allergy to something totally unrelated to the cat that is outdoors, which would make sense since you seem to do an hour of walking (outside?) and then the symptoms start. If there is something outside that causes the symptoms, theyíd get worse after you were exposed to them and then get better later on.
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