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Medicine For Cat Flea Allergy
They are not: Effective on humans and the chemical they contain can make you ill. ...Read more
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
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
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
Are there any medicines I can take that can temporarily stop my allergies to cats? Anything that works well?
What to do if I need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?
Has anyone found an allergy medicine that's very effective at treating allergies to cats? Is it OTC or prescription?
I love cats and really want to adopt one but I'm allergic. Is there a good allergy medicine I can take so I can get one?
Allergy shots: Allergy medications will not take you a long way if you want to live with a cat. I suggest you see an allergist, get tested then get allergy shots for cats before you get one. ...Read more
Best over-counter allergy medicine for dog/cat allergies. I don't know what the difference is between zyrtec, (cetirizine) clariton or alegra d. Thanks!
Best allergy med: Hello, all the medications you mentioned are otc antihistamines. Each one works in allergy and some people prefer one over the other. The Allegra (fexofenadine) d that you referred to has an added decongestant that may be helpful. Review these medications with your doctor or pharmacist to see which is best for you. ...Read more
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
I'm so itchy, feels like I have fleas. I haven't had a pet ever and been in my apt for a while. Tore my place apart found no bugs. Can be seasonal allergy?
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
I have broken out into a severe skin allergy due to fleas infestation on my dog. Itchy red bumps, spreading. Hydrocortisone how long? Pain in joints
Avoidance: Avoidance is the best treatment of severe cat and dog allergies. Medication may help decrease symptoms. Allergy shots can also help people develop a certain degree of tolerance especially if it is difficult to avoid animals. ...Read more
Do you own a cat?: If you do and you are allergic, you will have symptoms as long as you have one. Antihistamines may help, but only partially. At least don't allow the cat in your bedroom. If you do, and your symptoms are severe, you may need prescription medication and should consider seeing an allergist for possible desensitization (allergy shots). ...Read more
Yes: I presume you must be referring to dry, itchy skin that occurs in winter also called the winter itch. It is not an allergy but caused by drying of the skin due to evaporation of skin oils. This is due to the low humidity and use of dry indoor heat. The treatment is regular application of a good skin moisturizer daily after bath and also using a humidifier to reduce dryness. ...Read more
Medication ; avoid: Antihistamines usually provide relief of nasal symptoms within 2 hours. Intranasal steroids may take up to a week. Oral steroids are an option if symptoms are severe. Asthma, if present, should be treated with appropriate medications. Avoidance will help, but it will take time for symptoms to subside. ...Read more
Yes: Drug allergy is a complex issue, so many drugs r in the market with many active / inactive ingredients, fortunately enough only few people develop drug allergy, if at all in doubt stop the medicine review it with ur doctor to replace it, if it is an absolute necessity to take the drug in question consult an allergist. ...Read more
Yes.: Immunotherapy - a series of injections of cat and/or dog dander under the skin over several years - will help you develop some tolerance to pet exposure. Some allergic patients respond better than others and a few patients not at all. Allergy shots alone are often not the complete answer. You may still need to get the pets off the bed, out of the bedroom, & perhaps out of the house. ...Read more
Cetirizine: The most effective second generation, minimally sedating antihistamine is Cetirizine (adult dose 10 mg at bedtime). No antihistamine will allow ad lib dog contact so minimize contact, keep dog out of bedroom, use hepa filter in bedroom. If still symptoms have to consider rehousing dog in another home. ...Read more