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This is how allergic I am to my sister's cat Italics:

I look like I've been punched in the face. My sclera is yellow and hanging out of my eye. Apparently the shape of my eye has changed, as what little distance vision I had is gone and I can only kind of see close up. This is fascinating.

Antihistamines GET!



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Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)

Here is another example of how the 'net needs 3D. Now.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
BTW. I gather you're not feeling as bad as that looks, but -- hope you feel better anyhow! It's for stuff like that we keep Benadryl quick dissolve strips around. Less than an epi, more than waiting for swallowed pills to take effect.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Benadryl quick dissolve strips

Where can I find this modern wonder?
Feb. 3rd, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
We used to get them at ye olde pharmacy, but the SO tells me they've been hard to find lately. They are packaged in little, flat plastic cases.
Feb. 4th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
The funny thing is I don't feel bad at all, at least once the itching stopped. The deformation feels awfully peculiar, but it doesn't hurt in the slightest.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
You're allergic to italics? That's a new one. It's a good thing you could probably write a greasemonkey script to fix that, though it won't handle images of text.
Feb. 4th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
I hear some people have to get sans serif cats especially, too. I think they import them from Switzerland.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oof. That's seriously allergic! My exfiance was supposedly worse than that, with his eyes swelling shut. Chris has told me he's fairly allergic as well. I guess I should be glad I'm not!

Just as well that I'm not particularly fond of cats, as they'd give Chris such a rough time.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)

You are definitely a biohacker to have a reaction to a reaction like that as fascinated and enthralled...

Too bad it's to cats... Wait. You have cats, no?
Feb. 3rd, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
It's not every cat -- I was talking to M over IM earlier and relating my own experience. I own cats and am fine with them (raising your own from kittenhood seems to really minimize your reaction). Other cats will sometimes induce some sniffling after a few hours.

But then there are some cats. Italics seems to be one; the one I met was called Omicron. Sweet guy, but my eyes swelled completely shut; I had to have therobbergirl drive me home.

Very weird physical sensation, feeling the eyelid muscles report that they are doing their job fine yet still being unable to see.
Feb. 4th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
It seems to have something to do with male cats, and then only some of them. I was never allergic to Odin or Sasha, but the cat we had when I was growing up, Moustache, always set me off (but was an outdoor cat, so it wasn't so bad), and apparently Italics (who is indoor-only) as well.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
I suggest trying chlorpheneramine maleate (brand name Chlortrimeton, but the generics are cheaper) an hour or so before exposure if you can plan in advance. For me, it turns off my cat allergy for several hours without any noticeable side effects. However, it doesn't help as much once I've already started to react.
Feb. 4th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I've used that for other allergies, though it tends to knock me out, albeit not as hard as Benadryl. I had one of those earlier, took a nap, and just downed some cetirizine (Zyrtec). The eye still looks weird, although fortunately not as weird.
Feb. 7th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Actually, and please, I'm not being insensitive as I get the same reaction to cats, what I find most amusing and reassuring is to discover that I am not the only person in the world to analyze, assess, and deconstruct these sorts of physical responses. I don't know, it seems to be less a waste of time than getting all angst ridden and is more interesting but I've always been told that I'm exceedingly weird for not responding "properly."
Otherwise, I'm with avitzur on the chlorpheniramine maleate for those times when you can prep but there is nothing like Benadry to knock you and the allergic response out. Cold compress on the eye and best of all, if you have it, thin slices of cucumber. It works.
Feb. 10th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
I'm lucky in that for the most part the people around me have come to accept "Wow, that's neat, how does that work?" as a "proper" response to pretty much anything unusual I come across.
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