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So...I've been allergic to dust mites and cats (and penicillin) for about 10 years (I'm 22)...but this summer has been the worst summer of my life. I was wondering if anyone could help me out with this.

I was living in a basement apartment and it wasn't the nicest place in the world. The previous owners had a cat, but I lived in that apartment from August 04 - August 05...and I didn't have any allergies until July of '05. I lived the entire fall, winter and spring without having to take Zyrtec (I have a prescription).

But when July came around...I had the worst allergies of my life. I seriously cannot function without taking Zyrtec. If I take one and then don't take one as soon as the 12 hour time runs out...I get a stuffed up nose and sneezes.

The symptoms are plugged up nose, watery and itchy eyes (If I scratch them, if I don't bug them then it's ok).

My breathing can be a little tight and I sneeze constantly.

I'm thinking it's a mold problem, but then we moved into our really nice new apartment that has new carpet (as of the day we moved in).

If it is a mold allergy (our old apartment had a serious case of it)...am I going to be super sensitive now? I've never had to take Zyrtec regularily...it was usually only when I went to a farm or to a house with cats.

Has anyone else been having particularily bad allergies this summer? Is it something in the air? I live in Wisconsin by the way...and it has been pretty dry here...that's why I was perplexed (but not about the apt...it was in a basement). I just don't understand why it's still kind of been bad in my new apartment. Could it be residual mold on my stuff that was in the old apartment?

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Laura
[QUOTE=laura4135]So...I've been allergic to dust mites and cats (and penicillin) for about 10 years (I'm 22)...but this summer has been the worst summer of my life. I was wondering if anyone could help me out with this.

I was living in a basement apartment and it wasn't the nicest place in the world. The previous owners had a cat, but I lived in that apartment from August 04 - August 05...and I didn't have any allergies until July of '05. I lived the entire fall, winter and spring without having to take Zyrtec (I have a prescription).

But when July came around...I had the worst allergies of my life. I seriously cannot function without taking Zyrtec. If I take one and then don't take one as soon as the 12 hour time runs out...I get a stuffed up nose and sneezes.

The symptoms are plugged up nose, watery and itchy eyes (If I scratch them, if I don't bug them then it's ok).

My breathing can be a little tight and I sneeze constantly.

I'm thinking it's a mold problem, but then we moved into our really nice new apartment that has new carpet (as of the day we moved in).

If it is a mold allergy (our old apartment had a serious case of it)...am I going to be super sensitive now? I've never had to take Zyrtec regularily...it was usually only when I went to a farm or to a house with cats.

Has anyone else been having particularily bad allergies this summer? Is it something in the air? I live in Wisconsin by the way...and it has been pretty dry here...that's why I was perplexed (but not about the apt...it was in a basement). I just don't understand why it's still kind of been bad in my new apartment. Could it be residual mold on my stuff that was in the old apartment?

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Laura[/QUOTE]





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