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Could I be allergic to Ollie?

For the past two weeks, I have started to get itchy nose and eyes. My nose is runny and I am afraid for the A word. I never have allergy problem, so I am thinking I might have a common cold and it will go away soon enough. But it is actually getting worst. My eyelids are now a bit swollen as I might have rubbed them too much? I have taken Benadryl and it doesn't seem to help too much. Is it possible to get such delayed allergic reaction? I have Ollie for 2 months now! It seems all of these started after I took him for the first full grooming visit. I thought I might be allergic to whatever shampoo they use on Ollie, I have given him a full bath myself last week. It doesn't seem to help. I have made an appointment to see my doctor this afternoon. I am dreading on her diagnosis. Could it be the product used by the groomer??
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I would first question the season of the year and what might be in the air. Pay attention to when you have the worst reactions. Are your windows open to the outside air lately? Have you changed laundry detergent or any cleaning materials? Do your symptoms abate when you are away from Ollie?

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Yes, you can always be (or become) allergic to any animal. HOWEVER, there are also lots of other possible culprits. Where it started RIGHT after Ollie's groom, I question whether it is an issue with the shampoo they used. And if it has continued after the bath you gave, did you use products you KNOW you aren't allergic to and have used before? if not, you could be allergic to more than one. I know that when I have had allergy symptoms with my dogs, it has always been a result of grooming products. So I'm very careful with them.
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You know that this season, due to all the rain we've had, the pollen count is through the roof!

I am a walking allergy. I am deathly allergic to all things that fly that are also yellow (honey bee, wasp, hornet, yellow jacket), and I also have super bad environmental allergies (pollen, dogs and cats, mold). My eyes are always seriously affected, I rub them a lot. There is an over the counter eye drop that is an antihistamine. it will help a lot. Also, my allergist says a neti pot will help a lot with your eyes as well as sinuses. I'm too chicken to try it, but a co worker swears by them.

A good friend who is an optometrist, cringes when I rub my eyes, told me about this and it also works well for me: wash your hands, then cup one, fill with cold water, and put your itchy eye in it, and move your eye around, it will flush the pollen out. I usually do it twice. It might sting a little cuz of the cold water, but in 5 minutes your eyes will feel like new.

I am very allergic to my anatolian, and less allergic to my half hav, also named Ollie. If you are allergic, usually it shows in the first 24 hours of exposure. Also, you can build a tolerance to any med, I rotate my antihistamine, but benadryl works great for me. Try Zrytec (also generic and OTC, a costco).

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Thank you all for your great advise as always! My doctor said it's definitely allergy. She said she could refer me to a specialist to figure out what is/are the culprits? But she thinks it's a waste of money and time. With the heavy rain we are having this year, it is true that the pollen counts are insanely high. You could see millions of white particles flowing thru the air. I was sitting in my backyard with Ollie, my laptop is covered with a thin layer of pollen within an hour. She asks me to get Zrytec, Flonase, and prescribed an eye drops for me. Within 30 mins, I feel like a whole new person!!
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We lived in an area where pollen fell like a light blanket. I lived on allergy pills until we moved further south in Florida. LORATADINE is a miracle. It is the ingredient in Clariten but much much cheaper if you shop the ingredient instead of the advertised brand name. Also, beware of nasal sprays. I used it until I discovered I was losing my voice (permanently). Went online and discovered that is a side effect.

Walgreens offers Loratadine in their own brand, Wali-tin. You can buy about 300 once a day pils for a very very low cost. NO side effects whatsoever! (at least for me, and I am sensitive to drugs)
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Since we live in the same area I wouldn't be surprised if it is the pollen. Everyone at work has been complaining about allergies this year.
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We lived in an area where pollen fell like a light blanket. I lived on allergy pills until we moved further south in Florida. LORATADINE is a miracle. It is the ingredient in Clariten but much much cheaper if you shop the ingredient instead of the advertised brand name. Also, beware of nasal sprays. I used it until I discovered I was losing my voice (permanently). Went online and discovered that is a side effect.

Walgreens offers Loratadine in their own brand, Wali-tin. You can buy about 300 once a day pils for a very very low cost. NO side effects whatsoever! (at least for me, and I am sensitive to drugs)
Which antihistamines work best for which person seems to be very individual, but I agree, Claritin or the generic seems to work better for me than Zyrtec too. I use Flonase when my allergies get unbearable, but I hate using it, so for only as short a time as I can get away with it. (I have MISERABLE pollen allergies, though, thankfully, ours haven't started here in N.E. yet!)
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My doctor said it's definitely allergy. She said she could refer me to a specialist to figure out what is/are the culprits? But she thinks it's a waste of money and time.
From someone who is besties with her allergist, and I have done immuno-therapy for my venom allergy for 7 yrs, the diagnostic is NOT a waste of time. I knew I was allergic to honey bees, cuz I got stung for the first time when I was 28 yrs old. yup. I assumed that was it. My mom freaked out on me 10 yrs later (after I first time was stung and almost died), and insisted I go to an allergist. that's when I found out I am allergic to all of them. My diagnostic took 5 hrs. cuz they start with a super low dose and slowly go up in strength.

A friend of mine, for the last 3 yrs, during this time of year, she has a really bad something, either sinus infection or allergies. She never went to an allergist, her dr. said it was allergies this yr, and worse than usual cuz of the sky high pollen count. We both has Kaiser, and I told her if it's allergies, shouldn't she have an allergist? so she went, and the allergist said her symptoms are in line with a sinus infection and NOT allergies alone. She did a blood test for allergies and she is waiting to see. FYI, some allergies don't show up on blood tests, but only on scratch tests.

It's up to you, if it's already covered under your insurance, I would do it. It might have saved my life. I know your allergies aren't life threatening like mine, but hey, ya never know.
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Both of my daughters are slightly allergic to Rudy. They get a little itchy after holding him. They did not get this reaction from our Westie. It could be that Rudy is in a longer coat and we kept our Westie really short. They basically have to wash their hands after touching Rudy and can't be in the same room when I'm grooming him without getting congested. Although they have mild sensitivities to Rudy, they still love to play with him...they just wash afterwards. They got this reaction from the day we brought Rudy home.

Here is a picture of Penny our Westie. She was 14 years old when she passed. And I also uploaded a picture of Rudy.
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