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My friend's husband was desensitized for a serious cat allergy through drops vs. Shots. Can you provide info on this?

My friend's husband was desensitized for a serious cat allergy through drops vs. Shots. Can you provide info on this?

Similar: Sub-lingual (beneath the tongue) and sub-cutaneous (beneath the skin) immuno-therapy -- slit vs scit, respectively -- are similar in their role in "desensitization" to allergens. Slit, drops under the tongue, have been used in europe for over a decade, and have become the standard of care for allergy remedy there. Here, slit is not yet fda-approved, although some docs do provide the service. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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Can you die from a cat allergy?

Can you die from a cat allergy?

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

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How should I address my cat allergy?

How should I address my cat allergy?

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. ...Read more

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What could I take for my cat allergy?

What could I take for my cat allergy?

Friend wanting cat: Sorry, but this is reality. Be humane to yourself. ...Read more

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Is there any way to 'cure' a cat allergy?

Is there any way to 'cure' a cat allergy?

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

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Why would a cat allergy start in my twenties?

Why would a cat allergy start in my twenties?

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

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Can you tell me of a good cat allergy medication?

Can you tell me of a good cat allergy medication?

It depends...: Living with a cat or not. First, Keep the cat out of your living areas especially the bedroom. If living with a cat you need to take allergy medication all the time. Daily Cetirizine or Fexofenadine, Triamcinolone or Budesonide nasal sprays and ketotifen eye drops are all helpful for itching, nasal congestion and eye symptoms. If you get coughing, shortness of breath or wheezing, see an Allergist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have a deadly cat allergy?

Is it possible for someone to have a deadly cat allergy?

Yes if asthmatic: People with allergic asthma an a cat allergy could have a severe asthma attack with exposure. This could potentially be deadly. ...Read more

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Is there a cat allergy vaccine?

Allergy shots: Allergy to cats can be definitively treated with immunotherapy, or allergy shots. ...Read more

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How do you cure a cat allergy?

How do you cure a cat allergy?

See below: Get rid of the cat or see an allergist, who can help "immunize" you to it. ...Read more

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How do you treat a cat allergy?

How do you treat a cat allergy?

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. ...Read more

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How can I stop cat allergy symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure a cat allergy?

Is it possible to cure a cat allergy?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do to fight my cat allergy?

ShotsDistanceRidOf: 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

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How can I deal with a mild cat allergy?

Simple: No cat no allergy. But if you choose to live with animals- get allergy tested and desensitizing shots will help. See pmd. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate cat allergy symptoms?

How can I alleviate cat allergy symptoms?

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

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Can there be a special name for cat allergy?

Nothing special: Cat dander allergic rhinitis is probably the most common way to name cat allergy when it affects the nose. If it affects the lungs, allergic asthma could be used. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a cat allergy?

Varies: Cat allergy symptoms can include: runny nose and eyes, itchy nose, eyes and ears, skin rahes, trouble breathing and asthma symptoms. ...Read more

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How should one take care of a mild cat allergy?

How should one take care of a mild cat allergy?

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

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Which is the best allergy pill for a cat allergy?

Which is the best allergy pill for a cat allergy?

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

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Can a cat allergy make you susceptable to illness?

Can a cat allergy make you susceptable to illness?

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

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

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

Sneezing.....: Runny nose, itchy nose and throat, nasal congestion, itchy and watery eyes, and possibly even cough, wheeze, and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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

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

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

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Randomly developing cat allergy to some breeds and not others?

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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Is it possible to stop a cat allergy from developing in my son?

Is it possible to stop a cat allergy from developing in my son?

Sort of: The less exposure, the better. If he is genetically predisposed to develop a cat allergy, there is enough cat dander in the environment that he probably will. However, the more exposure he has, such as going for daycare in a home with cats, or - worse - bringing a cat into the home to live with him, the more likely he is to develop a cat allergy, and the worse the symptoms will become. ...Read more

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Is it true that cat allergy is impossible if the cats stay indoors?

Not true: Both indoor and outdoor cats can cause allergies. Sometimes a person can develop tolerance to their own cat's dander, and so not be allergic to their own cat after a while, but allergic to others There are things that can help. Remove other allergens: avoid fragrances in the house and on skin, clean often, avoid carpets and drapes, clean litterbox often. Air filter systems can help too. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my cat allergy symptoms without getting medicaiton?

How can I reduce my cat allergy symptoms without getting medicaiton?

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