Cat Allergy Relief is Available
Did you know…
Patients allergic to cats, are allergic to proteins in the cat’s saliva, urine and dander.
For example, allergic symptoms are not as a result of coming in direct contact with the cat’s saliva. Instead, when the cat grooms itself by licking its fur and skin it deposits its saliva.
Once saliva dries it leaves behind a protein antigen that is the source of human allergy to cats. These allergens (cat saliva antigens) are very light-weight and are easily aerosolized. Once air-borne the antigen can spread to clothes, furniture, carpeting, or any other household item.
Testing for an Allergy to Cats
A skin-prick test is the most common way of diagnosing a cat allergy.
For this test, a small amount of an extract of cat allergen is placed on your skin. Your skin is then pricked with a small, sterile probe, allowing the liquid to seep under the skin’s surface. You’ll then be monitored for swelling and redness or other signs of a reaction, signaling an allergy. Results typically become evident within 15 to 20 minutes.
Even if you’re sure your symptoms are caused by a cat, it’s a good idea to be tested; the symptoms may actually be caused by other environmental exposures.
Treatment for an Allergy to Cats
There are several ways to improve or eliminate cat allergy symptoms by the use of medications and allergy immunization. In some cases however, it may be necessary to remove the cat from the home. Unfortunately, relatively high concentrations of cat antigen can remain months after the cat is removed.
To make a home environment allergy safe from a pet allergy, it is important to:
- clean or replace the carpeting,
- clean or replace furniture,
- and clean or replace other soft material that may harbor the cat saliva antigen.
- HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters can catch particulates as small as one micron, and are effective.
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