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A 30-year-old member asked:

is it possible to cure a cat allergy?

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Dr. John Overholt
Allergy and Immunology 26 years experience
Define cure: If you mean off all medications without any symptoms whatsoever, then that's unlikely. However, allergen immunotherapy is effective at significantly reducing sensitivity to cats.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Dr. Overhold is correct. However, some (like me) develop varying degrees of tolerance to their own cats over time.
Jun 5, 2017

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do you treat a cat allergy?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
OTC: Cat allergies are treated the same as other environmental allergies. Use an antihistamine such as claritin, zyrtec, or allegra. There is also zaditor (ketotifen) available for eye symptoms.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How effective are shots for people with a severe cat allergy?

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Varies: Allergy shots for cat allergy are usually moderately effective and in many individuals may be high effective. Many patients obtain complete remission from cat allergy symptoms while on shots. Once shots are discontinued some symptoms could redevelop over a period of several years.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the signs that you might have a cat allergy?

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Sneezing.....: Runny nose, itchy nose and throat, nasal congestion, itchy and watery eyes, and possibly even cough, wheeze, and shortness of breath.
A 25-year-old member asked:

What can I do to fight my cat allergy?

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Dr. Bhavin Patel
Allergy and Immunology 25 years experience
Immunotherapy: If you have a cat allergy, that means that your body has developed a sensitivity to the cat allergen, fel d1. The only way to "fight" this allergy is to start immunotherapy, as this will develop a "natural" tolerance to the cat allergy. There are no other alternatives available. Medications will help control the symptoms (essentially suppressing the symptoms while you are on medication).
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Agree that allergy injections are the best long term treatment to control cat allergy. It is a little time consuming, but well worth it. It will decrease symptoms, decrease medication use and even after allergy injections are stopped, the relief can persist.
Jan 17, 2013
A 46-year-old member asked:

How should I address my cat allergy?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Many treatments: First, cat avoidance would help. If that's not practical, you could treat with over-the-counter antihistamines (cetirizine or fexofenadine), prescription nasal sprays, or allergy shots.

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