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    Monday, June 28, 2004
    Phone Call of the Day

    I got a message that "Patient called with allergy question."

    OK. Here is what she said: "I have an allergy to cats but I'm about to get one. What can I take?"

    Lady, don't get the freaking cat!

    Oh, wait. No, that was my fantasy reply. What I actually recommended was for her to try over-the-counter Claritin and keep the cat out of the bedroom.

    Nothing against cats, but if you're allergic no medication works as well as avoiding the allergen in the first place.



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