While the snobby creature sitting on your couch, diligently ignoring you is no doubt a beautiful and good pet, it is also an allergen-carrying train waiting to crash your day!
Cat allergy is caused by a protein that is present in cat dander, saliva and urine. It is almost impossible to avoid cat dander if you have a cat in the house as it is very easily transported.
Typical symptoms resulting from a cat allergy include –
· Shortness of breath
· Red, itchy eyes
· Rash on skin (usually face or chest)
While allergy drugs may be prescribed to help sufferers, it’s always better to take precautions against allergies.
To prevent or minimize reactions to a cat allergy, the following precautions may be taken –
· Keep your cat outdoors as much as possible
· Keep your cat out of your bedroom at all times
· Operate an air purifier to filter cat dander
· Do not hug your cat and make sure to wash your hands after touching it
· Vacuum regularly to clean cat hair from furniture and floors
Around 6 million Americans who suffer from a cat allergy have cats in their homes. If you have a cat and suffer from cold-like symptoms regularly without developing a cold, you may suffer from a cat allergy. Visit the Silver Spring Clinic for a proper diagnosis and treatment.