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How long can an allergic asthma attack last?

(15 Posts)
Katymac Sun 02-Oct-16 21:55:46

DD might be allergic to Dogs - she moved in to a falt with dogs & had a massive attack 2 weeks later

She came away for 2 days got antihistamines & steroids & went back and she got ill again

She has now been home since Thursday & although her chest is getting better she is saying she still feels very rough - is this normal?

She wants to go back to college but I need to find another place for her to live (if only until the dogs have gone & the flat cleaned) & I'm stressing as her asthma has never been this bad

lougle Sun 02-Oct-16 22:17:33

If she has exposed herself to the allergen when she's not fully recovered, it's no surprise she's feeling awful. Is her breathing better?

PinkSwimGoggles Sun 02-Oct-16 22:19:46

if she's still in contact with her allergen - never. unless drugged up to her eyebrows.

without allergens and without medication 2-3 days <bitter experience>

Katymac Sun 02-Oct-16 23:17:09

I have typed this 3 times now - bloody phone

Her peak flow is up from 280 to 340 but her chest hurts & she feels rough

We thought she would be OK going back when she was on the steroids & anti histamines but guess we were wrong

The steroids finished yesterday

Katymac Mon 03-Oct-16 09:32:07

I guess because all my allergies are contact allergies & once I take an antihistamine I start feeling better this has left me quite confused

lougle Mon 03-Oct-16 15:40:52

The drugs will deal with the initial allergy b but if she's still exposing herself in any way she's playing with fire. Systemic allergies tend to worsen with repeated exposure unless it is part of a carefully controlled desensitisation programme (where the level of exposure is built up in tiny increments so that the body doesn't react to it as an allergen). She really needs to take this as a warning and treat her allergy with respect. Hard as that is.

Katymac Mon 03-Oct-16 16:11:05

We are she is scared of going back & we are discussing how long the dogs need to be gone for before she can go back - 3 weeks ish seems to be an estimate

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Mon 03-Oct-16 16:15:51

Mine took years to arrive (was allergic to one of my own cats) and has never gone away. We rehomed the cats and I can now tolerate some cats for 24 hours or so with a lot of medication and plenty time outside the house, but the type I'm allergic too I can't go more than 2 hours beside without wheezing.

I was allergic to my DF's cat and couldn't go and stay in their house... it was horrible. That said, if the dogs are gone then a really good clean and air out, proper hoover and shampoo carpets, hoover bed and bedding etc and she should be fine - it's not about how long the dogs were away from the environment, it's about how well they were cleaned up after, iyswim.

Katymac Mon 03-Oct-16 17:36:06

Oh Lonny that sounds awful - poor you

DD has been really frightened by it all

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Mon 03-Oct-16 19:21:37

I'm sorry she's had a fright but honestly, that's probably the best thing because she won't fuck about with it. It took me a long time to work out what was going on and the attacks were just getting worse and worse. Culminating in me getting a taxi home from a friends once (not the friend mentioned above) and the driver wanting to take me to the hospital! I hadn't had a problem with this cat before, hadn't taken anti-hists or inhalers out with me.... So it's really important that she treats it with respect. flowers to you both, it's a horrible fright to get!

Katymac Mon 03-Oct-16 19:26:33

Still struggling to find somewhere for her to live

Katymac Tue 04-Oct-16 09:12:22

I don't think her landlady is understanding how much the dogs have affected her

I am looking for a link on-line to explain it all a bit better

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Tue 04-Oct-16 09:57:31

Have you tried the student accommodation office? There are usually a few drop-outs by this point in the term, they may be able to point her in the right direction.

lougle Tue 04-Oct-16 16:14:55

Tbh it's unlikely the LL is going to understand even if you show her and even more unlikely that she'll want to get rid of the dogs so your DD can continue to live there. You'd be far better concentrating (as you are doing) on getting your DD to realise how important it is that she protects herself.

Katymac Wed 05-Oct-16 12:08:16

We've found her a bed in a shared room (she haas never shared before) & have started the enormous pile of washing @60 with bio washing powder & bought her a new quilt & pillows!!

I think you are right Lougle, sadly

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