Monday, June 8, 2015

Skin Test Results and Atopica

After the round of steroid and antibiotics treatment, Maya was feeling much better. Around mid-April, we took Maya back to the dermatologist for an allergy skin test. Well, that was one of the fastest way to waste $$$$$. 20 minutes after they sedated Maya and shaved off a patch of her beautiful fur, the result came back all negative. So we were back to where we were 3 years ago.

Customized immunotherapy is no long an option. As for RESPIT (another type of immunotherapy that uses general allergens in the area, so no need to pin point the allergens causing troubles), the doctor thinks that's just adding random allergens in Maya's body, and blew off the idea. Then, she denied giving us Apoquel. She said the meds hasn't been out long enough and there could be unknown side effects. Somehow I feel like she said so only because she was out of stock.

Once again, Maya was put back on Atopica, which I hate. The possible side effects really worries me. However, on the other hand, I need to consider her quality of life. Pure holistic treatment was not taking us anywhere, and we just couldn't let her suffer anymore. It feels giving in and taking the easy way out, but we've spent 3 years trying to find something that works. How many more 3 years will she have to let us "experiment"?

So far, Maya's on Atopica once every 3 days for almost 2 months. She has been doing well, but May and June were always her "good months", so we'll have to wait till August to see. Meanwhile, I still haven't given up on finding a more natural approach. And hopefully, the "good things" we are providing her and the good mood she's in, can help combat some of the negative effects of the drugs.

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