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Cat Allergy Desensitization
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Yes: That is a great idea. Better to find out beforehand.
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 catsSee 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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