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    A little back story first. I’ve never had allergies to pets or pollen that I was aware of. However at the beginning of 2012 I started eating full blown Paleo for the next year. I stopped eating that way and moved back to my home state and was suddenly allergic to dogs and cats. I get red itchy eyes, sneezing, really sleepy and cranky, and the next few days to week depending on how much interaction I’ve had with the animal I have so much phlegm that’s its almost hard to breathe. I have been resting and refeeding for a few months now and feel so much better in multiple ways so I am a bit perplexed by this. Ideas? Thoughts? Solutions? All much appreciated.

    Matt Stone

    I developed sudden pet allergies at 22, and I’m talking none that were noticeable to having to sleep in the back yard from severe asthma. The severity of them has fluctuated, but never got completely rid of them. Low-carb gave me some temporary relief, but when I returned to eating more carbohydrates (to fix all the problems I ran into low-carbing) asthma and allergies skyrocketed for a while before slowly and steadily improving after. No major thoughts for you, but it probably has something to do with whipping the adrenal glands a little bit and experiencing overcompensation lows after carb reintroduction. That’s the best theory I got for you.

    The Real Amy

    You may not like this solution, but I got allergy shots when I was younger and they really worked. My allergies popped up in college and I have no clue why (stress probably, and they got worse after my wisdom teeth were pulled but that could be either from the surgery or the potent antibiotics they gave me). I did about 4 years of the shots, and they haven’t bothered me since.

    Homeopathy could be a good idea, too, if you’d rather go the alternative med route. There might bean easy remedy for dog allergies (not sure), or a remedy that addresses all your issues. That would require working with a good classical homeopath, however.

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