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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is there a cat allergy vaccine?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.