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Dealing With Cat Allergies

April 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealing With Cat Allergies

Like all allergic reactions, pet allergies are the result of an immune system reaction to a harmless substance; in this case, the reaction is to the proteins in pets’ dander (dead skin flakes) and possibly saliva and urine (it depends on the breed). Unlike other airborne allergens that come from unwanted creatures, pet allergens come from a cute and cuddly animal, a four-legged or feathered friend whom we adore and who adores us.

Cats are among the most beloved pets in the world, no doubt about it. More than 50% of all families in the United States own dogs and cats. While cats are loved animals, cat allergic reaction are among the common sorts of allergic reaction. Statistics in the past have shown that over 10 million people in the U.S. alone have allergies to cats – specially their fur.

The biggest cause of cat allergic reaction* is hackles. The hackles, is dust that’s produced by the body of the cat. Dander is basically shed skin that comes off of cats, usually in the form of small flakes. Though dander may irritate your skin, it may also get into your immune system as well, resulting in a variety of symptoms and almost immediate allergies.

The dander, once in the immune system, is detected to be a threat. Even though it isn’t sorted as a disease, it’s more of a reflex by your body and your immune system. Cat allergic reaction* take place quite often due to cats having allergens that are spread throughout their blood, urine, and saliva. Though a cat may not be present at the time, the excretions probably still are.

Cat dander, urine, and saliva, are found throughout the house of cat owners. Cats perpetually groom themselves, which involves rubbing their saliva into their fur. When they do this, they spread their dander and allergens around. Though you may try, there’s actually nothing that you may do about it. Cats have a natural instinct to groom or bathe themselves, regardless how many baths you give them, you simply won’t stop them from grooming.

Generally, when somebody is taking an allergy to cats, he or she will wheeze, coughing, sneezing, itching, have watery eyes, or a difficult time in breathing. Different people react different ways to cat allergens, meaning that a few symptoms may not happen at all. Fever and chills is very rare, though it may happen. If somebody who’s cat allergic reaction* comes down with fever and chills, you should contact a doctor instantly. Chances are, it isn’t an allergy to cats, but rather another type of disease that a doctor will need to identify.

Cat allergic reaction* are generally treated with antihistamines and decongestants. Those that experience asthma attacks or other sorts of allergic reaction*, usually take antihistamines. Decongestants on the other hand, are generally used to cure coughings and swollen nasal passages. Occasionally, doctors will recommend allergic reaction shots as well. Allergic reaction shots may aid to prevent the attack, specially if somebody is actually allergic to cats. They’re a good form of treatment and prevention, and they may also aid to decrease the risk of allergic reaction* affecting the individual.

If you suspect that you’ve cat allergic reaction*, you should always make it a point to visit your doctor. He will be able to further diagnose your situation, and give you the best alternatives available for treatment. If you do so suffer from cat allergic reaction*, the best way to stop the attacks is to get rid of your cat.

Getting rid of a cat may be a very tough thing to do. If you’ve become allergic to your cat’s fur, there possibly no other way to prevent attacks than to remove him. Though doctors may give you medicine and shots, it will only do so much. Cat allergens are no fun, specially if you develop them years after owning your cat. Cats are great animals to own – although cat allergies are something we could all live without.

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