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Are there any health risks from wearing cat flea collars?

YES !!! if it is a: Human wearing the collar. They are not effective on humans and the chemicals they contain can cause illness. ...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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Does this treatment exist or work? Allergy shots for cat allergies?

Does this treatment exist or work?  Allergy shots for cat allergies?

Yes: Allergy immunotherapy is about 80% effective. So like most medicines, it works on most people. There are also some individuals, like with any medication, that cat allergy vaccine is not effecdtive.Cat. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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Will a new cat give your child allergies or will it prevent your child from getting allergies; or neither?

Will a new cat give your child allergies or will it prevent your child from getting allergies; or neither?

Could go either way: Children can often develop allergies to cats without any exposure in the home. They get enough exposure outside of the home to develop an allergy. If your child is already allergic, and you didn't know it, a new cat could cause a reaction. On the other hand, children with high levels of cat exposure may be less likely to develop an allergy to cats. ...Read more

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Are there any health risks from wearing cat flea collars?

YES !!! if it is a: Human wearing the collar. They are not effective on humans and the chemicals they contain can cause illness. ...Read more

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What are risks of wearing cat flea collars on ankles?

What are risks of wearing cat flea collars on ankles?

They are not : Effective on humans and the chemical they contain can make you ill. ...Read more

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When do cat flea bite?At night or day if in a couch or bed?

When do cat flea bite?At night or day if in a couch or bed?

Flea Treatments: The goal of treatment is to get rid of the fleas by treating the home, pets, and outside areas with insecticide. Small children should not be in the home when insecticides are being used. Birds and fish must be protected during spraying. Home foggers and flea collars do not always work. If home treatments do not work, professional extermination may be needed. ...Read more

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How can you treat flea allergy dermatitis?

How can you treat flea allergy dermatitis?

Avoidance: Obviously avoidance if possible. Fleas and other insects cause a rash called papular urticaria. This can be quite uncomfortable with itching and rash. One of the otc steroid creams can help, but getting rid of the pests will be a cure. ...Read more

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Possible flea allergy. How do I find out if that's what i have?

Possible flea allergy. How do I find out if that's what i have?

Your allergist: First see your primary care doctor to determine if you have an allergy and then see an allergist to determine what you are allergic to. ...Read more

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Can I grow out of my cat allergies?

Can I grow out of my cat allergies?

Allergies dynamic: Many children's allergies, foods more than inhalants, can greatly lessen or disappear (outgrow) over time, however cat (feline) sensitivity is one if the least likely of the inhalants to be list. The only treatment that may result in loosing one's cat allergy symptoms is immunotherapy (allergy shots) since they can lessen or resolve sensitivity rather than just treat symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I do about my cat allergies?

What can I do about my cat allergies?

Avoid, Treat, Shots: 1) avoid cats
2) treat the symptoms of the allergy with antihistamines
3) an allergist can test you for various allergies and formulate allergy shots (immunotherapy) that will slowly build up your immune system's responce to those allergens (tolerance) over time (years). Cat allergy responds well to this therapy, when given by a properly trained allergist that follows the acaai/aaaai guidelines. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy pill for cat allergies?

What is the best allergy pill for cat allergies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allergra, Claritin, and Zyrtec are helpful (I like Zyrtec the best). Other treatments include daily steroid nasal sprays and antihistamine eye drops. Avoidance of triggers is also helpful. If you have a cat, keeping it out of the bedroom is important, HEPA filters, washing cat weekly, frequent cleaning. Allergy shots can also be life-changing. ...Read more

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Can cats cause different allergies in different people?

Can cats cause different allergies in different people?

Not really: Allergic reactions all result in the release of histamine. Histamine release in the head & neck area cause itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, & itchy throat; in the lungs histamine causes wheezing & shortness-of-breath, while in the skin it causes itching & hives. In some people allergies may manifest slightly different but most people will experience at least some of the symptoms listed. ...Read more

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Why do I get allergies to specific cats? Is this normal?

Why do I get allergies to specific cats? Is this normal?

Yes: Various cats have the same allergen but some cats shed more allergen than others. Also some home environments will have higher levels of cat allergen than others leading to more symptoms. ...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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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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Can cat allergies lead me to have pneumonia?

Can cat allergies lead me to have pneumonia?

Not likely: Cat allergies can lead to allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis (itchy, watery eyes), and asthma. Pneumonia is usually from a viral or bacterial infection and less commonly due to a fungus. Very rarely, cat exposure can lead to a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis which has features of pneumonia but is a not an infection. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a cat allergy?

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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What can I do to address a minor allergy to cats?

What can I do to address a minor allergy to cats?

Cat allergy meds: Since you call this minor, otc meds should be sufficient to control the symptoms. You can find generics for zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin antihistamines in every grocery store, and take one of them before you are exposed to the cat. For eye symptoms, zaditor and generics are good, for a nose spray, try nasalcrom. At bedtime, you could use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or chlortrimeton antihistamines to help you sleep. ...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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Do people sometimes die from a severe allergy to cats?

Cat allergy: Yes , especially if you are a severe asthmatic
this severe of a reaction would be rare but cat allergy can be very severe. ...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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What is the best solution for allergies to cats? I want something to use longterm without worries.

What is the best solution for allergies to cats?  I want something to use longterm without worries.

CAT ALLERGY: The best solution is avoidance ! do not have a cat at home. If you are put in a situation which is unavoidable, take antihistamine and nasal steroids prior to exposure. After exposure, change clothes, take shower and rinse nose with saline to remove the inhaled material. ...Read more

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I have an allergy to cats but I want to get a cat. Do you think there's any way to get a cat without allergy?

I have an allergy to cats but I want to get a cat.  Do you think there's any way to get a cat without allergy?

Not likely: Cat allergy is related to exposure to the two major components-cat dander (skin flakes) and saliva. Since it is impossible to avoid these materials if a cat is in the house, living with a cat is difficult for someone with cat allergy. A "hypoallergenic" was recently bred which may be tolerated by patients with the mildest symptoms. The cost was $4000 if i remember correctly. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of cat allergies?

Avoidance or shots: Either avoidance of cats or if that not possible, allergy shots. See an allergist for testing. You can go to the AAAAI or ACAAI websites for information about allergy shots. ...Read more