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Allergic Dog Cat
Not necessarily: The proteins that are allergenic on various animals differ. ...Read more
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Depends on: Allergy can cause eye itching, asthma, nasal symptoms and even hives. It would depend on what organs are affected to determine what kind of treatment you may need. If it is nasal or eye symptoms, an antihistamine + decongestant may help. If it is asthma, you need to see your doctor. Getting rid of the pets would be the best solution in general. ...Read more
If someone is allergic to cat and dog dander does that mean they are also allergic to rabbit dander? Doctor couldn't find an rabbit test
Avoid and meds: Avoiding cats and cat dander is the most important, but challenging since 50% of all households have pets. Antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops can decrease the symptoms after exposure to cat dander. The best long term treatment is allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) for long lasting relief even after allergy shots are stopped. ...Read more
Yes: Cat dander allergy can develop months or even years after having a cat or being exposed to other people's cats. It is not clear why this happens, but it is very common. ...Read more
I would consider: Seeing an allergist and determining what treatment options are available to you if you really love you cat. If it is a new cat that you haven't really bonded with yet - I would make the decision that will keep you healthy. ...Read more
Diagnosing allergy: Diagnosing allergy is based on both symptoms and confirmed by allergy testing. Each alone is not suffice for a diagnosis. For cat allergy, it means that you have allergy symptoms each time you pet the cat or when the cat is nearby. If allergy testing showing sensitivity to the cat, you have a diagnosis of cat allergy. Seeing a local allergy could help. ...Read more
Little crossover: Being dog allergic does not guarantee you will allergic to cats. The best way to find out is to expose yourself, perhaps by taking care of someones cat for several days and see what happens. ...Read more
Pork: Pork is one possibility, if you are allergic to cats. You may want to check that. ...Read more
Treatment options: While the best treatment is avoidance, medications may reduce symptoms partially, but not likely the best long term treatment. In the long run, allergy injections are more likely to be the best treatment as they are "disease modifying" rather than just covering up the symptoms. An allergist can review risks and benefits of allergy shots. ...Read more
Not at all: It is fairly common to be allergic to one or two animals and not others. There are many factors that go in allergies, including particle size, amount of exposure, etc. So it is not weird at all. I do recommend consultation with a board-certified allergist/immunologist to evaluate and manage your allergies. ...Read more
Allergic symptoms: Humans can be allergic to one or more allergens produced by cats. The most common of these allergens are secreted by the cat's sebaceous glands and expressed in saliva. An allergic reaction is a histamine reaction that is usually characterized by coughing, wheezing, chest tightening, itching, nasal congestion, rash, watering eyes, . ...Read more
Cat allergy shots: Immunotherapy or "shots" for cat allergy are usually only effective at preventing symptoms with brief exposures to cat, like visiting a friend with a cat. Having a cat in your house will usually overwhelm the effect of the "shots" and you will experience symptoms. Also, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat. All cats have skin which produce dander which causes allergic symptoms. ...Read more
Allergy sympoms: When you enter a house with dog or cat you will start sneezing, the nose runs and eyes itch and some times you may develop more severe symptoms. After petting a dog or cat if you touch your eyes they may swell up, get puffy, run and itch. If you a pet at home and are allergic to it, you will feel the allergy symptoms begin when you come home. ...Read more
You know answer: Are you allergic by history or skin and blood test and is it your cat? And what are the symptoms? If its your pet then not allowed in the bedroom, use allerpet on cat. Allergy shot are available. ...Read more
Yes possible but not:
Yes it is possible and it can happen, you can develop allergy after you are exposed to the animals in some people but it is not universal
pet allergies have to be treated seriously by an allergist if you must have the pet because it can make some people especially children very sick with asthma and other respiratory problems
you need to confirm allergy to pets and treated with immunotherapy
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Are allergic tests for cats definitive? Will the test be done for all for major allergens known in cats?
Depends: There are two materials used for cat allergy testing - hair & skin. Both contain the major cat allergen. Cat skin contains other allergens - especially cat Albumin - not present in cat hair - that sometimes cause allergic symptoms. So if you were tested only with cat hair perhaps you could be retested with cat skin (aka cat epidermal or cat dander). ...Read more
My new husband is very allergic to my cats. Is there a shot or daily medication to help me keep the cats?
Not easy 2 deal with: This is a tough situation. Sorry...With no easy answer. Since you say "severe" I presume it may include breathing trouble. An allergist would ask detailed questions about your home environment, his exposures (? In bedroom) etc before prescribing medication or making other recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm worried because my boyfriend is allergic to the cat. Move on or find my precious gizmo another home, what do you suggest?
I think this will: Take some soul searching on your part. What are your priorities? What do you value? Is the relationship with your boyfriend one that you believe might be lasting ; contribute to your happiness and well being or it is more casual dating. You have already mentioned that gizmo is precious to you. I can't recommend what action you take -but ask yourself what gives your life meaning. Take care. ...Read more
I don't experience any allergic symptoms when im around cats or dogs. So that means, im not allergic to animals? Never had any reactions to animals.
Animal allergy: I am not clear on your question, why do you suspect you are allergic to animals? Were you tested for allergies? If so, and you tested positive, you may have subtle symptoms around them that you may not recognize as allergy symptoms. ...Read more
Probable: If you react to cat exposure after minutes to hours with nasal, eye, or breathing problem, you are allergic to the cat. If no problem after a few hours, then I won't worry too much over it. ...Read more
Probably dogs and: Rabbits, no way of knowing unless exposed or tested ...Read more
No: Nope. Allergies generally don't cross species. BUT if you tend to be an allergic gal, genetically, you may well become allergic to a furred pet introduced into your enrironment. Get tested before purchasing. See allergist to enable you to live and thrive with them! ...Read more
I am allergic to cats and want to buy a home that is owned by a cat owner, should I buy the home?
Yes.: The house will need to be thoroughly cleaned before you move in. Remove all carpeting. Repaint walls and ceiling. Pre-painting wall preparation with tsp will remove any cat allergen clinging to walls & ceiling. Make sure the previous owners take the cat with them when they leave. ...Read more
Avoid them: Avoidance of bunnies should be easy unless you live on a farm. Cats are in many places; obviously you should not have one yourself. There is some research on breeding cats which lack the allergen and this will be popular news in media when it happens as cat allergy is common. ...Read more
Pet allergy: There are several ways we use to treat allergy. In general it comprises of avoidance, taking allergy medications, and allergy shots. In your case, it is likely that the cats are there to stay. Cat allergens are very allergenic, meaning causing a lot of allergy symptoms. Even getting rid of the cats would take several months to de-cat the house. See a local allergist for other options listed above. ...Read more
Very much possible: If that is really bothersome try to avoid exposure to cats as much as you can, if you can't or symptoms get worse check with an allergist/immunologist, for evaluation and a? Allergy testing, look at aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area ...Read more
Perhaps: If your kids are allergic to cats it would be the sensible thing to do. My children were allergic to cats so we kicked the cat outdoors. We let her sleep in the garage. Both the kids & the cat were unhappy at first. Ultimately the kids were healthier and the cat was happier living outdoors. ...Read more