If you are a cat owner or have recently had a bad reaction in the presence of a cat, then you may have a cat allergy. Today, we are going to explain what cat allergies look like, what causes them, and how to treat them.
What Causes Allergies to Cats?
Common sources of allergens from pets are transferred in the air and remain there for a long time before eventually getting intertwined with sheets, furniture, and in carpeted areas throughout your house. Also, if you rub up against your cat, their allergens can settle down on your clothing from remnants of their fur.
Although many people are not even fully aware that they are allergic, 10 to 30% of people around the world suffer from cat allergies – and it is one of the most common allergic disorders. Also, if you have other allergies or asthma, you are at higher risk to be negatively impacted by cat allergies. In fact, twice as many people are allergic to cats than dogs.
How To Identify Cat Allergy Symptoms
Some of the most symptoms of cat allergies are:
- Nasal Symptoms and Eye Irritation:
The most common reactions are excessive sneezing, irritated or itchy eyes, a scratchy throat or roof of mouth, or a stuffy nose.
- Skin Irritation and Symptom:
Some people do not experience nose or eye symptoms, but rather develop dry or irritated skin or rashes or hives within 24 hours after exposure to a cat.
- Signs of Respiratory Symptoms:
Some people develop respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness.
If I Am Allergic to Cats, Can I Still Have Them As Pets?
Don’t fret if you are allergic to cats and yet still want to own one as a pet. Different cats produce different levels of allergens. Although there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat, you can be successfully treated for the most common cat allergens.
In addition to treatments, you can make your home as allergen-free as possible. Use a HEPA air cleaner to reduce dust and dander from spreading throughout your home. It’s also important to wash your bedding and area rugs weekly as well as cleaning vacuuming your home, including the fabric furniture, twice a week.
Treat Cat Allergies Holistically
At St. Louis Allergy Relief, we provide natural, holistic solutions for cat allergies. Our treatments are non-invasive. There are no shots, no drugs, no herbal remedies, no supplements, and no avoidance. We specialize in Advanced Allergy Therapeutics to treat allergies and sensitivities.
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics is a precision-based treatment that addresses the body’s organ systems that are involved in an overreaction to animals, food, or other allergenic substances.
For more information on how we treat pet-related allergies and more, check out our website.