Um, well, here's what I mean:
The tentative plans are to head to Nova Scotia during March break to stay with my boyfriend's uncle. It's free room and board, great company, and all the benefits of sharing space with a single person in a big house.
However, he has two dogs. And although I love them, dogs make me sneeze, then cough, then wheeze (the last is relatively new - I don't even have a pump! I don't even know if I need one!). It's like having the worst kind of cold, and rather embarassing to be sneezing 15 times in a row when someone is trying to have a conversation with you.
The alternative, of course, is to get a place at a hotel - but we're really tight money-wise after the last trip. Or else try a diet of Benadryl for a week (is that even safe?)
Have any of you allergy sufferers ever faced this kind of dilemma? And if so, did you find a anti-histamene-inducing and economical way around it? Like maybe go in June and keep the windows open?
(in lieu of a sneezing emoticon...)
I have really bad allergies to animals, dust and anything else you can imagine! It really is a pain and is horrible like you say when you start sneezing when someone is talking to you! happens to me all the time
You could try anti-histamines, I find that not all of them work for me, but Benadryl seems to be one of the better ones I have tried. Over the counter anti-histamines tend to be really expensive so if I need a supply for when I am away for a while eg travelling I go to the doctor and get a prescription as he can give me a 6 month supply, but of course this is the UK and it may be different for you (not sure how it works in other countries?).
If you do find yourself having a reaction to the dogs, your body will gradually get used to being around them and the symptoms won't feel as bad after a couple of days. The only other thing you can do is limit the contact you have with the dogs, maybe your boyfriends uncle will agree to keep the dogs in a separate room from you while you are there? most people are understanding!
Erm, not sure if I have helped, I think maybe I've just rambled on!
Thanks, Donna - it really does help. Benadryl works for me in 4-hour spurts, but I'm a bit worried about taking them non-stop for a full week.
I'd gottne used to my friends' Labs, but after not seeing them as much for awhile, I now wheeze after just a few minutes. I was in her car yesterday and even that got me started...
I read an article on the plane, though, about hypoallergenic cats. Seems scientists are developing cats that won't make you sneeze. Hope dogs are next!