Allergy Profile – Clare from Nuneaton

Name : Clare

Allergies : pollen, dust mites, cats and other animals

Intolerances : milk

How long have you had your allergies?

hay fever for 8 years

Where do you live?

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

How & when did you first discover that you had allergies?

I suddenly developed hay fever the summer I was 22. I had never suffered from it before, but my dad had always suffered quite badly.
I discovered I was allergic to cats two years ago, but this was the first time I had ever come into close contact with them.

Do you have a family history of allergies?

My dad has hay fever and urticaria, and is also sometimes allergic to insect bites.

Were you born by c-section?


Are you the eldest child?


Were you breastfed?


What medication do you take & how do you control your allergies?

I take antihistamine tablets (piriteze) on a daily basis due to the fact that my partner has two cats.
Last year I developed allergic asthma, and therefore I take two puffs of a preventer inhaler daily and have a reliever inhaler for occasions when I have a bad reaction.

Your worst allergic reaction?

Last October, two weeks after my partner’s cat moved in with us, I developed what I initially assumed was a cold. The symptoms got worse and worse, to the point where I was unable to breathe lying down and could hardly eat/speak. I went to see my GP, who informed me that I had been having a prolonged asthma attack, although I had never suffered from asthma previously. It took approximately 6 months until I was able to breathe normally and engage in normal exercise without suffering from breathlessness.

Are you happy with the medical support you have received?


Do you feel that you have your allergies under control?


How have allergies impacted on your life?

I struggle to sleep due to a blocked nose, then wake in the early hours sneezing. I am tired and unable to concentrate at work, due to the allergy and the effects of antihistamines. I have put on a lot of weight due to being unable to exercise with my asthma. It costs a lot of money to constantly buy medication.

What improvements in allergy support, availability of allergy friendly products & services would you like to see?

I would like more information about dealing with cat allergies, which does not assume that the only solution is to get rid of your cat. I would also like to be taken more seriously by doctors.

What would be your best advice to other allergy & food intolerance sufferers?


Anything else you would like to add?

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