I am a former smoke who was diagnosed with asthma about 10 years ago. I promptly quit though hubby still smokes outside of the car and home. We have 2 cats that shed everywhere. We also live in a condo that is very susceptible to mold and constantly fight the dampness.
I seem to get walking pneumonia quite often, about once a year.
My question is how much of an effect are the cats and mold on my lungs?
Unless you're actually allergic to the cats, they're not going to be a problem. But mould and cigarette smoke are big asthma triggers for a lot of people, and your regular walking pneumonia suggests that something is significantly affecting your lungs. Allergy tests would be a good idea.
~ asthma, allergies, anxiety, arthritis, back problems, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia
You can get blood tests done to check for allergy to cat dander and molds, and every attempt to remove the triggers from environment should be made. If you are allergic to both and rent the condo rather than own, I would even consider moving, as ridding the place of cat dander and mold can be a very difficult process. A dehumidifier and air filtering (HEPA) system would help some, as will very frequent dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning or removal of drapes, old carpet, and dust catchers in general. Smoke from cigarettes, even the residual on a person's clothing, can be a trigger too. Maybe you can convince hubby to quit?