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Cat Allergy Spray
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
Avoid, meds, shots: The most important treatment for allergies is avoidance. If the cat is staying, then nasal steroid sprays are the most effective treatment but will likely not completely eliminate symptoms. Antihistamines like Claritin may provide partial relief. Allergy injections are the only long term treatment that will change your allergic response to cat dander--but it takes patience and time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Partially: The most effective medication treatment for cat allergy is nasal steroid sprays like Flonase for example. Nasal steroid sprays are more effective than antihistamines, but take longer to work (few days). If cat exposure is intermittent and anticipated, then Claritin or zyrtec before cat exposure may be helpful. Allergy shots are the best long term medical treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son constantly sneezes and blows his nose. He has environmental allergies and cat allergy but he is only on Claritin 24 10 mg. He weighs 143 lbs.?
A couple of choices: You could change his antihistamine to zyrtec/cetirizine - instead of Claritin - as some people respond differently to each type. Addition of singulair by your physician is also worth considering. Depending on his age, inhaled nasal steroids may be of value, but are not typically used in children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does my cat allergy make me cough? Along with the sneezing and runny nose, I cough. Is loratadine effective for this?WHAT is the best treatment?
Simple...: The cat skin,hair cells enters your body by your nasal passage.that is why sneezing and cough( body trying to expel it ), runny nose because of your immune cells reacting with the cat antigen causing swelling and inflammation and oozing of fluid. Nasonex nasal spray will help better. The best way is to keep the cat outside the house,after that ventilate the house well, use Nasonex,loratadine prn. ...Read more
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