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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

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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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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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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Are there any medicines I can take that can temporarily stop my allergies to cats? Anything that works well?

Are there any medicines I can take that can temporarily stop my allergies to cats? Anything that works well?

Yes: Any anti-histamine will lessen your symptoms ; but the real problem is the allergen (cat).Use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) first for night-time allergy, it helps sleep and lessens allergic symptoms. ...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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Is there medicine I can take for allergies to cat? Anything with a good track record?

Is there medicine I can take for allergies to cat? Anything with a good track record?

Yes: As with any allergy, otc antihistamines, claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra are good choices. If these do not provide adequate relief, discuss possible nasal steroid sprays with your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?

What to do if I need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?

Cat allergy: Allerga or zyrtec (cetirizine) taken an hour before contact with the cat should work, if you live with one, go see an allergist and get desensitized for it, as it is only going to get worse with time. ...Read more

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Has anyone found an allergy medicine that's very effective at treating allergies to cats? Is it OTC or prescription?

Has anyone found an allergy medicine that's very effective at treating allergies to cats? Is it OTC or prescription?

Yes: As with any allergy, otc antihistamines, claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra are good choices. If these do not provide adequate relief, discuss possible nasal steroid sprays with your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 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

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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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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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How can I deal with cat allergies quickly?

How can I deal with cat allergies quickly?

See an allergist: To look at allergy shots, oral medications and environmental controls. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for cat allergies?

What are some home remedies for cat allergies?

Give kitty a bath!: Other than minimizing contact, washing the cat (yes, giving the cat a good scrub) will help to reduce the amount of cat allergen the animal produces. It does not eliminate it completely however. And remember, this needs to be done. .. Weekly. ...Read more

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Most effective medicines for spring time allergies?

Most effective medicines for spring time allergies?

Many: There are various antihistamines that are good for seasonal allergies many of which are over the counter such as Claritin Allegra or zyrtec. If those do not help there are prescription antihistamines and nasal sprays which can help. ...Read more

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Do dogs or cats cause more allergies? We want a pet.

They can: Dog and cats can definitely cause allergies. They may cause asthma too. If u r prone to develop allergies, even if u have no allergy to dogs and cats now, u can develop allergy to them in the future. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid my massive cat/dog allergies?

What can I do to avoid my massive cat/dog allergies?

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

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What is a medication I can take if I have cat allergies?

What is a medication I can take if I have cat allergies?

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

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Is there an OTC medicine I can take for winter allergies?

Is there an OTC medicine I can take for winter allergies?

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

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I need some advice on dealing with cat allergies quickly?

I need some advice on dealing with cat allergies quickly?

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

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What would be a good dog or cat for a child with allergies?

What would be a good dog or cat for a child with allergies?

Depends: If one is allergic to cats or dogs then no cat or dog would be good for an individual with allergies and allergic to cat or dog. ...Read more

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Could allergy to a specific drug ingredient develop over time?

Could allergy to a specific drug ingredient develop over time?

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

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Are there shots that can permanently alleviate my dog and cat allergies?

Are there shots that can permanently alleviate my dog and cat allergies?

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

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What causes cat or dog allergies in the body despite the general allergy, what causes it??

What causes cat or dog allergies in the body despite the general allergy, what causes it??

Gene & environment: When one is genetically predisposed to develop allergy, exposure to potential allergens often leads to allergic sensitization be the agent be pollen, animal, molds, mites, or pets. ...Read more

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Best OTC medicine for dog allergy?

Best OTC medicine for dog allergy?

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