I started this post to open discussion about a few of my frustration in dealing with allergic asthma and trying to attend public events.
One problem is service animals in my state are out of control… Not the animals.. Everyone has them here. And the law is not well written to adequately prevent falsifications, or abuse of need for pet, or ability of store owners, etc, to protect themselves and their customers.
In Florida, this is the part of the service snimal law that upsets me the most****:
(f) A public accommodation may exclude or remove any animal from the premises, including a service animal, if the animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it, the animal is not housebroken, or the animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others. ******Allergies and fear of animals are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to an individual with a service animal. If a service animal is excluded or removed for being a direct threat to others, the public accommodation must provide the individual with a disability the option of continuing access to the public accommodation without having the service animal on the premises.
Why would allergies not be valid reason??
Or a threat? What is more threatening than an Asthma attack, or anaphylaxis?
Then, it goes onto say in the statute that one reason a person may have a service animal is TO ALERT THE INDIVIDUAL OF THE PRESENCE OF ALLERGENS.
??? Really??? So you can HAVE a dog for allergies, THAT you lawmakers take seriously, but you can't ask a person with a dog not to go into your store because of your allergies? Or someone else's? How about 30% of asthmatics, or 15% of the general population who are allergic to dog dander?
My allergists office had a person bring a dog in the waiting room on more than one occasion, I had to wait somewhere else. I didn't think that was fair… Most of the patients in there are there for allergies and asthma. I filed a complaint, the lady said, there is nothing we can do, they do not need to be labelled or have documentation anymore, she said. I'm wondering his often and well their carpets are cleaned in there.
Hopefully my new medication Nucala will help my reactions be less severe than they have been in the past. Although this serious allergic disease I have is lifelong, chronic, and I feel so far from the point I want to be at. I do not want to fight these laws, because its too hard, and I am not qualified, but I cannot go on airplanes ever again, I have to move lines checking out ast home depot, and the malls and pharmacies are not even safe places. Its like, my disability is not compatible with their disability, and it is because allergies and allergic asthma is not taken seriously and there doesn't appear to be anyone fighting the battle for their rights. Our rights.
Studies have been done on Children with asthma/allergies who take classes with kids who own cats: "Children in classes with many cat owners ran a 9-fold increased risk of exacerbated asthma after school start compared with children in classes with few cat owners, after adjusting for age, sex, and fever and/or sore throat. Thus, asthma symptoms, PEF, and the use of asthma medication in children with cat allergy may be affected by indirect cat exposure at school."
There have been studies where interventions such as not allowing cat owners in schools, or having school clothing has significantly reduced cat dander in air and on carpets:
No studies with dog dander yet on symptoms, but