For the past 3-4 months my eight year old son has been periodically having sneezing fits, lasting 20 minutes up to all day and night. I have a very clean home, live in an apartment, and have 2 pets, a rat and a cat. I have an appointment (once again) with our family doctor in a couple of days to hopefully get my son in to see an allergy specialist, but I am wondering if there is anyone else out there having a similar problem, and if they might have some suggestions. I have changed his pillow, change his sheets every 3rd night, wash his blankets once a month, dust, vaccuum, and clean my house regularily.... What else can I do?! I dont know if it is dust, or mould, or a newly developed allergy to one of our pets.... but this sneezing is happening MOSTLY only at home. When he visits at his fathers house (an apartment as well) he sneezes occasionally, but not even close to the extent he does at home. When these fits occur, he gets pale, his eyes become puffy and red, and he is absolutely miserable and frustrated (understandably). His body becomes very sore, from the action of sneezing repeatedly. He has no other history of allergies, except a peanut allergy that was discovered when he was a toddler, that he has since grown out of. My son is also somewhat obsessive. Sometimes I wonder if he could be picking his nose to the point of causing the sneezing, but the times that we have gone to the doctor, he cannot find any signs of damage or irritation to the tissues in his nostrils or anywhere else. He does not have asthma, or any other on-going medical issues. I haven't noticed any signs of mould in the apartment, but who knows. I do open the windows and air my apartment out regularily throughout the day. Nobody else in the home is having any of my son's symptoms. The rat cage and the litter box are cleaned out regularily, and I do keep the fur ratio to a minimum. I have not changed laundry detergents, soaps, or air fresheners. I do not smoke, and there is no smoking allowed in my home. His diet has not changed, and he has no intolerances or allergies to food at this time. I do not have a hepa filter on my vaccuum, but it does a fairly good job. I do not use any heavy duty cleaners, just the usual household cleaners such as Mr Clean, Windex, etc, and none of those have changed..... I dont know what else to say! :confused:
If ANYONE has any other suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it if you would take the time to share, as we are really suffering with this problem. We aren't getting the sleep we need, and we are all becoming sort of irritable. My poor son is so uncomfortable. :(
Thank you for your time and attention, Thereza.