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How come I get allergies to specific cats?

How come I get allergies to specific cats?

Cat allergies: Reactions to cats differ depending on a certain amount of protein called feld1 that they produce. Some cat produce more of it than others and can cause more symptoms than others, this is not related to hair type, length, color, gender, age, etc. ...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 someone get allergies to cats?

Yes: You can develop allergies at any time. It is less likely as you get older but still possible. ...Read more

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Which is the best allergy pill if you have an allergy to cats?

Which is the best allergy pill if you have an allergy to cats?

Allegra (fexofenadine) or Zyrtec: Either works fine, some individuals have a preference for one over the other. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is slightly sedating, you may want to take before bedtime. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if someone has a allergy to cats?

Is there an effective way to determine if someone has a allergy to cats?

Testing: Allergy testing, either by skin tests or blood tests can help give a definitive answer about allergy to cat. Allergy to cats can often be assumed if symptoms occur or increase with exposure. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overcome allergies to cats?

Is it possible to overcome allergies to cats?

Yes: Allergy injections with standardized cat extract can be effective in reducing cat allergies. Medications such as nasal steroids, antihistamine, leukotiene inhibitors can be helpful in controlling nasal symptoms. Inhaled steroids with a resue short acting resue inhaler can help control asthma symptoms. ...Read more

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Are you born with or develop allergies to cats?

Are you born with or develop allergies to cats?

Develop: Allergic people are born with the tendency to develop allergies. Exposure to allergens and other environmental factors, then lead to their actual development. ...Read more

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Does anyone know a remedy for allergies to cats?

Does anyone know a remedy for allergies to cats?

Cat allergy info: The 3 basic tools used to treat any allergy are avoidance, medications and specific allergen immunotherapy. For cats, don't sleep with them, decrease the number you have, reduce the dander by bathing cats and filtering the air, get rid of carpet, etc. For meds: antihistamines, sudafed, zaditor (ketotifen) eye drops, Nasalcrom or prescription sprays, for shots, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Any tips on how to live with deadly allergy to cats?

Any tips on how to live with deadly allergy to cats?

Avoidance: Cat allergy is very challenging. Short of getting rid of the animal it is very difficult to control cat allergens. The typical allergy medications are helpful. If medications are not helpful then allergy immunotherapy may be considered. ...Read more

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Will my allergies to cats go away? Please help me docs!

Will my allergies to cats go away? Please help me docs!

Cat allergies: Unfortunately allergies seem to get worse over time -that because with each exposure, we're training our immune system to respond again... so it's learning! Obviously we don't want this - so taking steps to limit exposure will help. Then there are symptomatic treatments - antihistamines etc. Some people believe immunotherapy can help - so see your primary doc to get the right referral. Sorry! ...Read more

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Preventative measures if you have allergies to cats? Any proven techniques?

Preventative measures if you have allergies to cats? Any proven techniques?

Separate allergen.: We usually recommend being away from a known allergen-the cat. Don't allow to sleep in your bed is a good first step. ...Read more

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Has anyone found an allergy medicine that's very effective at treating allergies to cats?

Has anyone found an allergy medicine that's very effective at treating allergies to cats?

Cat allergy: Most patients allergic to cats will do well with zyrtec, xyzal (levocetirizine) or allegra. However, depending on how sensitive you are, you may require the addition of nasal steroids or antihistamines and/or singulair. ...Read more

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What types of dogs or cats would be the best option for someone with allergies and asthma?

What types of dogs or cats would be the best option for someone with allergies and asthma?

?? allergies??: You could have tests done to see if you had allergies to either dogs or cats, since just having allergies doesn't mean they would be a problem. However, warm blooded furry pets all shed dander which can aggravate asthma just like dust or smoke. Consider a fish tank. ...Read more

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What types/breeds of dogs or cats would be the best option for someone with allergies and asthma?

None really: If you have a specific allergy to dogs and/or cats, the best advice is not to have one. There is a misconception that dogs with hair that don't shed are "hypo-allergenic; however, the allergen comes from the animal's salivary glands. The pets clean themselves by licking and the allergen gets on there hair, fur, & skin. This is also why a reaction is worse when the pet licks you. ...Read more

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Going to allergist to be checked for enviremental allergies and to cats/dogs, what do they do? How long does it last? What should I bring

Going to allergist to be checked for enviremental allergies and to cats/dogs, what do they do? How long does it last? What should I bring

Usually skin testing: With skin testing the allergist usually pricks the skin with a small amount of the material you may be allergic to. A positive test is a hive. Sometimes the allergist will also test by injection a very small amount of the potential allergic material in the skin, . One must be off antihistamines for 3 days or more. Blood tests can be done if one can't do skin tests. Often, it takes 1-3 hours ...Read more

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My niece had an allergy test which shows she's severly allergic to cats. They have had cats since she was born and they never bother? Could it be wrong

My niece had an allergy test which shows she's severly allergic to cats. They have had cats since she was born and they never bother? Could it be wrong

Interesting: First off one needs to understand that a positive skin test or blood test does not mean one is allergic to that allergen. It simply means there is a positive test. Additionally, the size of the skin test or the degree of positivity of a blood test does not quantify the severity of one's allergy. The patients clinical symptoms and history dictate what is clinically significant allergy. ...Read more

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What to take for allergy to cats at mom's?

What to take for allergy to cats at mom's?

OTC Antihistamines: Try any over the counter antihistamines such as zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra an hour before going over to your mother's home. If that is not sufficinet, you may need to see a physician for a prescription for a nasal steroid spray. ...Read more

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Can an allergy to cats be deadly? Can someone have anaphylaxis?

Can an allergy to cats be deadly? Can someone have anaphylaxis?

With acute exposure: Someone allergic to cats who lives with cats will not likely have acute anaphylaxis but may have symptoms of chronic allergic rhinitis and asthma. When a patient with severe cat allergy who doesn't live with cats enters a home with a cat acute symptoms may occur. This may include throat closure (laryngospasm). I have never heard of this resulting in death. But it's not fun. ...Read more

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How do I alleviate the symptoms of my allergy to my cats?

How do I alleviate the symptoms of my allergy to my cats?

Avoid cats: If that's at all possible, avoidance is the best measure, however if not possible, bathing the cat once every week at least is advisable, owning a less hairy female cat, all this might be helpfull, more of help though is seeing an allergist for examination and testing to decide on whether further cat exposure isn't harmful, and whether u r a candidate for immunotherapy against cat dander. ...Read more

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Why are some allergies moree common than others (like cats)?

Why are some allergies moree common than others (like cats)?

Exposure/foreignness: The frequency of an allergy is related to the amount of exposure that a population has and how likely a protein is to promote production of the allergic antibody. Proteins that are much different than those made by humans are more likely to cause this type of reaction. ...Read more

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What're the symptoms of an allergy to cats?

What're the symptoms of an allergy to cats?

Varies: Cat allergy can present with eye, nose, chest and skin symptoms. Different individuals will present with different symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as an allergy to cats?

Is there a such thing as an allergy to cats?

Yes: Cat is one of the most common causes of allergy symptoms in the us.Asthma. ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure my allergies to cats?

Allergies to Cats: Allergy shots are similar to a vaccine in that patients are injected with a small amount of certain allergens to increase tolerance to the specific allergen. This method of treatment is ideal for those who do not wish to take medications on an ongoing basis. See an allergist. ...Read more

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Sudden severe allergy to cats, what's wrong?

Cat allergy: You were sensitized to cats allergens previously, years ago, without your knowledge, without so much symptoms thus unable to connect your symptoms and cat exposure. But there is a gradual progressive memory of your body regarding your cat allergy. Once you are expose to too much concentration of cat allergen, there is surmountable reaction thus the feeling of sudden severe allergy to cats. ...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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How do I control my allergy to cats if I want a cat?

How do I control my allergy to cats if I want a cat?

You can"t: Wanting a cat is okay, having one in your home is not. The amount of animal dander increases as the animal stays in the home, leading to progressively more severe symptoms. Medications may help, but in general, symptoms will increase over time and may progress from nasal complaints to asthma. ...Read more

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Do people sometimes die from a severe allergy to cats?

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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Hubby has an allergy to cats? I love them. How can we handle this?

Hubby has an allergy to cats? I love them. How can we handle this?

Cat trumps vows: Short of divorce see a board certiified allergist. Safe long term medication therapy is often of limited value. If both the cats and the hubby stay he probably needs a trial on allergen immunotherapy which is usually effective. Although it defies logic most people resist or refuse to part with their pet or in short time get another. So much for "till death us do part". ...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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Help please. Could allergy shots eliminate my allergic reactions to cats?

possible: Donot let cat sleep in bedroom, useallerpet on cat, change filter once a month use nasal chrome 3 times a day. After tyou pet the cat wash hand and change the shirt and saline nasal wash. ...Read more

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Is there a shot to stop allergies to cats? Like an anti-cat allergy shot?

Is there a shot to stop allergies to cats? Like an anti-cat allergy shot?

Allergy shots: 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. See an allergist for testing and to discuss therapy options. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Gentamicin (Definition)

Gentamicin is an anti-bacterial which is a kind ...Read more