I just picked up my pair of girl ratties Sunday and I seem to be badly allergic to them, these are my symptoms:
* Little red welts on skin (when they crawl on me)
* Red itchy swollen eyes
* Wheezy breathing
* Itchy nose & throat
I have had one rattie in the past he was with me between 2000-2002 about a year after I had him I started getting these same symptoms except for the welts and also my asthma symptoms became sever, but I always thought it was from the cat I had got at the time.
I don't use any kind of bedding, it's done all in fleece, so I can just take it out, replace it and wash the dirty set, so it's not the bedding thats bothering me. I don't even have to actually touch my girls for most of these symptoms to start in (I'm about 4 1/2 feet from their cage and the symptoms are starting again)...I need immediate help please, can anyone here that happens to have these same allergy symptoms from their Ratties please help me...my girls keep looking at me like why aren't you putting your hands in our cage anymore and it's breaking my heart :cry:
Would someone please help with suggestions on what to do
Giving back my girls is NOT my first choice :cry:
Thanks for any help you may be able to offer
Well lets see, I now wear a dust mask when cleaning the girls' cage, have took out all fleece floor liners and replace them with news paper topped with plain white printer paper, wear long sleeves when holding my girls, wash my hands after every touching of my girls and take a shower after long play time with the girls.
I have also started taking the new over-the-counter Zyrtec allergy pills and got some prescription strength allergy eye drops as well...
I am happy to say, doing all the above seems to really be helping and I have all of you that helped to thank for it and Katt & Sparkles thanks you as well
I have also started my own website, dedicated to all 4 of my fuzzykids, I have a page for each of them...finally got new pics of Sparkles (awake...lol)
please keep in mind that the site isn't the best in looks and isn't finished either