humanoid Posted June 23, 2012 Share Posted June 23, 2012 I have a pretty wicked allergy to cats. Any contact with a cat, or with something a cat has been on/around causes extreme itching, hives, itchy/sore/watery eyes, congestion, and some trouble with breathing. Usually when I'm going to a place that cats live I will take a Claritin and this makes it SOMEWHAT bearable. Somewhat. This is generally just when I'm going for a visit, though. My problem is now I'll be going to stay for a while with someone that has cats in their apartment, and while taking Claritin can make it tolerable, it's still pretty miserable and I still have many allergy symptoms. I've also tried Benadryl but it makes me very drowsy and I'm usually unable to function as well and still have problems with the allergy, so that's not really a good option. I don't know if it's possible to, but is there anything I can take to completely eliminate the allergy symptoms? Or at least get rid of the majority of them? I'd like to avoid being drowsy or feeling drugged, though. Also preferably OTC medication just for convenience, but any ideas are welcome as I'd be willing to get a rx if needed. What has worked for your cat (or pet) allergy? And also, specific to the itching/hives, does anyone know of a really good OTC lotion to use? Eucerin, Aveeno, Goldbond etc. do not really work for me. I have eczema and chronic dry skin, so I am itchy 99.9% of the time anyway, and could use a good lotion to stop the itching and moisturize. I know a dermatologist is probably the best place to get something for that, but I'm just wondering if there is something cheaper and easier to get. Thank you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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