What can You Do to Protect Yourself from Cat Allergies?

November 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Allergy

Do you have a strong feeling that you may be allergic to your pet cat?  First thing you should do is examine the symptoms you have.  Pet allergies should cause you to have incessant sneezing, nasal congestion, running nose or post nasal drip.  You may either get a few, or of all those at the same time.

 

You can be absolutely certain of this if you go to your doctor and get an allergen test specifically for pets.  The process is simple; a sample of an allergen from each source will be scratched on your arm.  After a few minutes itchiness or inflammation will occur on those spots if you have an allergic reaction.  Do not worry; you’re given a topical cream afterward to subdue the reaction.

 

If your tests show positive to your pet cat then there are certain things you must do for your comfort and reprieve.  The easiest way actually is to remove your cat from the premises of your home; that is an outcome you would not like though.  If you are one of those like most pet owners who can not bear to send your cat away then you will have to adjust certain activities or exposure times with your pet.

 

Close contact with your pet should definitely be limited.  Cuddling with your cat will definitely result in one of the symptoms we have previously stated already.  Skin rashes that resemble eczema usually develop when you come in close contact. As hard as it is to distance yourself from your pet it is something that you must do if you have severe allergic reactions.

 

You must also take note and be aware of the places in the house that your cat frequents; your bed perhaps, the couch, chairs, the living room carpet and the patio.  It is a good idea to use furniture covers, they are easy to install and remove.  Make it a point to wash the covers frequently, a surface with an accumulation of cat hair must be taken out and washed.

 

The bedroom may be another place in the house you should not allow your pet into.  You need to keep them off the bed most especially; this will help you get better sleep at night.

Thorough cleaning is all that is needed actually, open the windows and aerate the rooms.  Vacuum as often as possible and do not give a chance for accumulation for dust and hairs.

Some vacuum cleaners are also equipped with HEPA filters that are designed for those suffering from asthma and allergies.

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