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should i be around cats if i have copd?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
40 years experience Geriatrics
Yes: COPD does not mean allergy to cats. If you find that being near cats you get more difficulty breathing or wheezing, sneezing, cough then you may be allergic to the cats besides having COPD or the diagnosis of COPD is wrong.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends...: If you are allergic to cats you should avoid them since this can lead to bronchospasm and airway inflammation, causing a worsening of your symptoms. If you don't know whether you have a cat allergy, see your doctor since testing can be done and then advice can be more accurately given!
Answered on Sep 27, 2012

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