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How Long Does It Take For A Cat Allergy Symptom To Show
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Avoidance: Avoidance of cats is most important. If it too difficult to avoid cars, try reducing cat dander in home...get cat out of bedroom, purchase HEPA filter, wash cat twice a week. Try medicines like oral antihistamine and steroid nasal spray. See an allergist, allergy shots to cat a possibility. ...Read more
Cat allergy: Depending on your symptoms, which organ systems it affects, treatments are different. Avoidance is the best choice. Remember cat allergens are very sticky and light so it will linger inside your house for a long time. You can try otc antihistamine if you think you have mild symptoms. ...Read more
Cat allergy therapy: If you don't take medication, there are 2 treatment modalities remaining for you: reduce exposure to the cat, or take allergy shots. Reducing exposure can include using a filter at home or getting rid of carpets, bathing the cat and cleaning deeply. It can help a bit, but not as much as putting kitty outside or in someone else's home. Steroid nose sprays help too tho; they're a non-pill medicine. ...Read more
Need cleanup 1st: Absent the cat, the allergens/dander won't increase. But hepa filter vacuuming, air filters, carpet/rug shampoos, etc are all needed to be rid of the stimulus to allergy. ...Read more
Possible: Oral antihistamines are used to treat itchy nose, eye and sneezing. So if one is experiencing these symptoms use of anti histamines would be reasonable. ...Read more
I take loratadine for my cat allergy. In the past week, I start to cough a lot w/in 10 min of taking it. Could I be developing an allergy to it?
Loratadine allergy: I take loratadine for my cat allergy. In the past week, I start to cough a lot w/in 10 min of taking it. Could I be developing an allergy to it? ANS: yes but only way to find out is to stop. Go to drugs. Com and review side effects. Tell your Dr. And ask for another Rx but if truly allergic to cat may be difficult to find med that helps. ...Read more
I have really good skin but highly sensitive, can I take over-the-counter allergy meds for hives that developed due to a cat allergy (severe allergy)?
Yes: You may try it but if the problem is severe, avoidance would be the best answer. Allergy shots often help as well. At the minimum, keep the cat out of your bedroom. ...Read more
Severe itching/rash head/neck/chest after handling cat I have had 5 years. Sudden cat allergy? Is it his saliva? He licks my hair too. What to take?
Antihistamine: Rash can be treated with an antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and topical hydrocortisone cream, but may require prednisone RX if needed. If no cat allergy after five years, most likely something the cat picked up causing allergic reaction. Cats don't like to be washed but this one should. ...Read more
Technically, yes: Some people are very allergic to cats. Some have "cat asthma" with surprisingly low exposure. If exposure continues and asthma does not get treated, asthma can cause death. One usually gets plenty of warning ahead of time, UNLESS one already is really in bad shape beforehand; asthma triggers combine "like water behind a dam". If not controlled (neglected or not recognized) fatal asthma can happen. ...Read more
Beside getting allergy desesitising shots from an allergist which are not always effective and also take years to work
You can reduce exposusure to cats
Don't hug or kiss cats
Beware of visitors who have cats even if they left them home
If you are a visitor in a house with cats ask the cats be not in your room
If you have children allergic to cats it is better to get rid of the cats ...Read more
New home for kitty?: There is no way to truly "cure" cat allergy. The best way to minimize symptoms of course is to remove the cat from the home. If that is not possible, allergy injections to cat are very effective. They may not completely "cure" the allergy, but can diminish them significantly. ...Read more
Usually earlier: While it's true that allergies often start earlier it often becomes worse in young adults so perhaps you were sensitized earlier but had no symptoms. Other factors include the degree of exposure not just to cat but other allergens as well. ...Read more
Many: Antihistamines are "allergy pills." the new generation antihistamines such as claritin, allegra, zyrtec, xyzal, and Clarinex are all effective as treating cat and other pet dander allergies. Some individuals respond better to one or the other medication, so it is a good idea to keep trying if the first one isn't controlling symptoms. Avoid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) due to side effects. ...Read more
Yes: Allergies in general cause your immune system to work in a way that makes you more prone to viral infections. Both the duration and severity of such illnesses are greater in those with allergies, compared to those without allergies. Controlling allergies sometimes helps to reduce the frequency and severity of such illnesses. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Happens: All cats produce allergens but some may produce more or less allergen that others. In general males make more allergen than females and neutered animals make less allergen, in general. ...Read more
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