Cat Allergy Symptoms

Cat Allergy Symptoms: Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Human Allergies To Cats.

We have had several cats throughout our lives. My kids love cats. When they were younger they'd feed the neighborhood strays. We probably had 5 - 7 cats around our house at any given time and all of them were looking for a free meal and a good scratch. But that's when we realized my wife had an allergy to cats.

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It's estimated about 2% - 3% of the U.S. population exhibits some pet allergy symptoms. It's not the cat's hair that's the problem. It's the protein called Fel d 1 which varies in individual cats. It's this protein that attaches itself to the dander that finds its way onto the floor and furniture of your home. This is what causes pet dander allergy symptoms.

Cat Allergy Symptoms

Common cats allergies symptoms are not unlike other kinds of environmental allergies. They can include:

  • Coughing
  • Itchy and/or runny nose 
  • Red, itchy, swollen eyes 
  • Skin irritation
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
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Allergic Reaction To Cats

What is pet dander? It's all of the nice flakes of dead skin that the cat leaves behind. Studies also indicate that it doesn't matter the kind of cat. Almost all cats will leave behind a trail of dander, saliva, and urine. People with a dander allergy will normally have over-sensitive or over- stimulated immune systems.

These allergens are thought of by the person's body as an invader and will do anything it can to relieve itself of the attacker. It's probably not that your friend hates your cat, it's just coughing and sneezing are the body's way to get rid of the allergen.

Allergy symptoms in children and the elderly can be more severe due to lessened or compromised immune systems.

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Your doctor might prescribe antihistamines or a decongestant. You can also use a home remedy such as a Neti Pot or nasal irrigation to remove allergens from your nasal cavity.

Your Environment If You Don't Have A Cat

The best way to have some cat allergy relief is to reduce or avoid contact with cats. You can:

  • Avoid going to homes with cats. You can be polite and ask the homeowner to put the cat in another room while you're there.
  • Nasal irrigation
  • Remember that your friends with cats will also bring cat dander into your house
  • Simply stay away from cats. Don't pet or touch them. 
  • Use prescribed medication
  • Wash your clothes immediately after contact with a cat
  • Wash your hands and keep them away from your face
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Do You Already Have A Cat? Ways To Reduce Pet Allergies.

First is to start cleaning

  • Damp rags can do wonders. Keep the floors mopped and vacuumed. Clean the furniture and curtains.
  • Get a vacuum with a HEPA 
  • Keep the filter in your air conditioner clean
  • Keep your hands washed
  • Remember to vacuum and clean the scratching post, hides, and stands
  • Use a pet hair roller on your clothes and furniture 
  • Wash clothes in hot water and thoroughly dry
  • Wash your cat's bedding once per week in hot water and thoroughly dry

And for your kitty

  • Brush your cat on a regular basis and practice good grooming habits. Remember to bathe you cat (if he'll let you)  with a cat shampoo and have designated towels. 
  • Have a cat-free zone in your house
  • Keep pets off furniture
  • Keep the cat out of the bedrooms
  • Keep your cat from licking you. Cat saliva is full of allergens.

And a few others:

  • Cat allergy medication from your doctor
  • Change your cloth or upholstered furniture for easier to clean furniture like leather
  • Leave your shoes outside
  • Use allergy covers on your blankets, beds, and pillows

If you think you have cat allergy symptoms or an intolerance it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly. 

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