Monday, November 11, 2013

Asthmatics--You may visit a cat soon

We can never just have fun, can we? Every move has to be a health obstacle course. Don't eat this, don't go there, don't breathe this...ack.

Anyhow, the good old American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (acaai.org) says the number of asthmatics allergic to cats has doubled in the last 18 years.

And, of course, those with asthma are also more likely to be allergic to ragweed, ryegrass, and altermaria fungus. I have no clue what altermaria fungus is, but it sounds nasty. Sixty to 85% of asthmatics also are allergic to something.

And what do we do at the holidays? Go to someone's house. And might they have a feline or two? Chances are.

This can be dangerous, the ACAAI sez. But what should we do? Put the cats in a kennel? Take a pill first. Start allergy shots? Pack an extra inhaler? Pray?

What do you think?

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