After a nasty flu this Christmas, I randomly started getting nosebleeds for the first time in my life (I'm 32). After suffering approximately six bleeds in roughly 5 weeks, I went to an ENT doctor who noticed a flushed area in my nose and subsequently cauterized it yesterday. However, she tested me for allergies at the same time as she's convinced this is what is causing them (even though I don't suffer with any runny nose / itchy eyes etc). Anyway, lo and behold, I came up positive for cats, dust mites and horses. The skin test reacted and then a blood test confirmed it (the reading for cats was 107 which is apparently still fairly low?).
Anyway, I am a huge animal-lover - I work in a vet practice (yes, in a windowless office no less) and I have cats at home. I also love horse-riding. I am absolutely devastated to learn all this because I suffer with anxiety and depression and the only thing that makes me truly happy and helps to get me through it are the animals!! The doctor said I can still have a cat as the reading was low, but I would need to make lifestyle changes like nasal irrigation, antihistamines and getting an air purifier in my office.
I guess I'm just really confused as I don't get 'allergy symptoms'!! Could the nosebleeds really have suddenly caused all this? I can't help thinking I've been mildly allergic my whole life and the nosebleeds were a coincidence.
Did anyone find better knowledge from an allergy specialist rather than an ENT doctor?
I'm so confused, I really thought once the nosebleeds were sorted I could just get on with my life. I certainly can't bear the idea of not being around animals.
Thank you for making it this far - my doctor wasn't terrible helpful and any advice is much appreciated.