Everything You Need to Know about Cat Allergy

 

You know that pets are adorable and seem harmless just by looking but sometimes, they carry something that is invisible which can affect how you live your life. Yes, pets can be life threatening sometimes but thankfully most cases here in Singapore are mild. There is such thing as pet allergies and it is time that you should know everything you can about it.

Allergy is a condition where the body’s immune system is hypersensitive to some allergens found in the environment. There are different types including pet allergy. If in this case you have a cat allergy, you have to know its symptoms, diagnosis and allergy management.

  • Symptoms: The symptoms can be mild to severe depending on your sensitivity. If you are highly sensitive to cat allergens, symptoms will develop promptly and seriously from breathing difficulties to rashes. For less sensitive to cat allergens, the symptoms will develop few minutes or hours from contact. Symptoms include skin rashes, itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and facial pain due to nasal congestion.

 

  • Diagnosis: To be sure, you can always look for an allergist and have them confirm that you indeed have a cat allergy. They will only do simple and painless test on you to really know. They will do skin-pricking test. In this test, a cat allergen will be introduced unto your skin and see for any reaction. It is always a good idea to be tested.

  • Allergy management: The simplest yet painful answer to allergy management is to totally remove the cats inside the premises of the house. If you find it hard to let go of your beloved pet, you should at least let them stay outdoors or else, lock your room so they will not enter. Avoid hugging or kissing your cat and always wash your hands after with soap. You can also choose to install high efficiency filters as it can help eliminate the allergens in the air. Do not forget to give the cat a bath at least once,

 

You just think that pets are only found inside the house but sometimes, you can get allergies just by going to school or work. The thing is, you do not see any allergies and there is no allergen warning issued before you pass or went to a specific place. The best thing to do is be vigilant and make sure that you bring your medicines or whatever tricks you have learned to ease the symptoms.

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