Cat dander

Cat allergy is a common allergic reaction to proteins found in a cat's skin cells, urine, and saliva. It is one of the most common pet allergies and can cause various symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, in sensitive individuals. These allergens can be carried on clothing and can linger in environments where cats have been....

Cat dander

What are symptoms of cat dander allergy?

  • Sneezing and runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
  • Itchy skin or hives
  • Asthma attacks in people with asthma

What foods cross-react with cat allergy?

There is not typically cross-reactivity in the sense of food allergies. However, individuals allergic to cats may also have allergies to other animals, especially those with fur or feathers, such as dogs, rabbits, and birds, due to similar proteins.

When should I consider getting a cat allergy test?

  • If you experience allergic symptoms when around cats or in environments where cats live.
  • If you are considering getting a cat and have a history of allergies or asthma.
  • If you have a pet cat and suffer from chronic allergy or asthma symptoms.

How do I reduce my cat allergy symptoms?

  • Limit exposure to cats and avoid direct contact as much as possible.
  • Keep the cat out of your bedroom and other areas where you spend a lot of time.
  • Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home’s ventilation system and vacuum cleaner.
  • Wash your hands after touching a cat.
  • Regularly clean your home, including carpets and upholstered furniture, to reduce the accumulation of allergens.
  • For allergic reactions, over-the-counter antihistamines or nasal sprays may be helpful.
  • In severe cases, consult an allergist for specialized treatments like allergen immunotherapy.

Test(s) that measure/test for Cat dander

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