I was originally going to use a personal picture of my son with his eyes still puffy from his allergic reaction. However after careful consideration, I decided to use the photo below. The child below is not my son. His puffy eyes are similar to what my son was experiencing. Although, my son was able to see.
Have you ever had an allergic reaction to something you ate or even to an animal? I am allergic to cats and have had a few reactions! As soon as I was an adult, I was on my own and had to take care of my own health. I no longer take allergy shots, so I now depend on over the counter medicine when needed.
I use an over the counter allergy medicine when I know someone has cats. When we lived with my in-laws, I used medicine. During the time we lived with my in-laws, our son never showed symptoms of being allergic to the cat. Honestly, I was thankful that he was not allergic to cats. So far, he does not have any allergies.
Yesterday, we went to visit my in-laws, who recently moved a few doors down from us. My son is enamored with their cat. He loves hiding under the bed with her and trying to feed her and give her water. He will take both of her bowls of water and food and nudge them towards her. While we were there visiting, our son spent the entire time with the cat. He also took over her bed.
I am beginning to think he misses having a pet. I would love for us to have a dog again, however, I know that we cannot afford to have one nor would we have the time to devote to a pet.
By the time he emerged from under the bed, he was rubbing his eyes. I could tell they were irritated and he was having the same symptoms I experience when I am around cats. He is allergic to the cat! My husband was in denial and thinks he may have gotten a few cat hairs in his eyes. About 20 minutes after we left, his eyes were puffy and he would not stop rubbing his eyes. We gave him a bath and my husband and I changed clothes. I am allergic to cat dander, so I wanted to get the clothes removed so that it is out of the way.
About an hour and a half after his bath, he started feeling better and his swelling was going down. As long as my son is happy, I am happy.
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