Although the symptoms of cat allergy are obvious, the cat is not always the cause. You must obtain a doctor’s confirmation. As a result, you will not unjustly blame your mustache.
A doctor may suggest a skin test or blood test to determine an allergy. But still, tests can not always give a reliable result. The doctor may offer to live without a cat for several months and watch for your symptoms.
Cat Allergy Treatment
Standard medications that are used in the treatment of allergies can be used in the treatment of allergies to cats. The doctor may suggest:
- Antihistamines that block the effects of chemicals that cause symptoms. They can be sold without a prescription, like Claritin or Benadril, or with a prescription, like Alegre or Zyrtec. Some antihistamines are available as a spray, such as Astelin.
- Decongestants, which reduce swelling and prevent mucus stagnation, among them Sudafef, which is available without a prescription, and Allgra-D, is available on prescription.
- Other medicines that deal with allergy or asthma symptoms in various ways. Prescription steroids – Sprays of Flonaz or Nasonex – are traditionally used in the treatment of allergies.
One option would be a course of allergy injections. They are not always effective and treatment can last for years. This method is not safe for children under five. But sometimes these injections significantly improve the condition. Discuss with your doctor the possibility of using this method.
Unfortunately, to prevent the development of allergies is not possible. Some studies have shown that contact with allergens at an early age can reduce the risk of developing allergies in adulthood. On the other hand, the condition of the allergic child may worsen after contact with allergens.
Living with a cat allergy raises many questions. Can you get a hypoallergenic cat and enjoy a pet without suffering the symptoms? Here are some answers that will help you learn more about cat allergies, causes, and treatment.
Symptoms of Cat Allergies
Symptoms may include:
- Cough and wheezing
- Urticaria or rash on chest and face
- Redness and eye irritation
- Redness of the skin at the site of a scratch, bite or hit of a cat’s saliva
- Runny nose and stuffy nose
Symptoms may appear after a few minutes or after a few hours. Approximately 20-30% of people with allergic asthma experience worsening of symptoms after contact with a cat.
Causes of Cat Allergies
Approximately 10% of the US population suffers from allergies to pets, the most common allergy to cats. It is twice as common as dog allergy. But the cause is not wool, as you may think, but proteins, which are contained in saliva, urine and dead cells.
So how can a minor protein cause such a violent reaction? The fact is that people with allergies have a very sensitive immune system. Their bodies recognize harmful substances, such as wool, as bacteria or viruses. Allergy symptoms are an adverse reaction of the body that occurs when combating allergens.
Do not forget that even if you are not allergic to cats, your cat can cause it to you. It can bring pollen, mold and other allergens from the street.
But what about the so-called “hypoallergenic” cats? Although it is believed that some breeds of cats, such as sphinx, are less likely to cause symptoms, any cat can potentially cause allergies. It does not depend on the breed, the length of the coat and how intensely the cat sheds. Therefore, if you or your family members are allergic to cats, buying a cat is a bad idea, regardless of its breed.