What is the best medication to prevent cat allergies
The reason I emphasize increasing your allergy medications before you travel is because it is EASIER TO PREVENT ALLERGIES than to treat them after they have worsened (this is due to something called the priming effect. A mildly interesting topic beyond the scope of this article but one you can request if you want).
Pet allergies in children are a sad reality, and it can deprive kids of knowing the wonderful experience of owning a cat or a dog. If you’re a dog or cat lover, you don’t have to give up your pet for your child. According to new research, exposing infants (under one year old) to a pet (whether this is a dog or a cat) can actually prevent pet allergies later in life.
The most common pet allergens are proteins found in their dander (scales of old skin that are constantly shed by an animal), saliva, urine and sebaceous cells. Any animal can trigger an allergic response, but cats are the most common culprits. People can also become allergic to exotic pets such as ferrets, guinea pigs, birds, rabbits and rodents. There is no species or breed to which humans cannot develop allergies. Fur length and type will not affect or prevent allergies. Certain pets can be less irritating than others to those who suffer from allergies, but that is strictly on an individual basis and cannot be predicted.The bottom line is simple. If you want to prevent cat allergies or relieve symptoms, you must reduce the Fel d1 level in your home. Try this 5-Step Plan:If a person who is allergic to cats isn’t allergic to cat hair, but is allergic to a protein found in dander (dead skin), saliva, and urine, then decreasing the amount of that protein in the environment would, no doubt, be desirable. AND ...just as preventing hairballs by using a FURminator to deshed your cat is much better than treating the hairballs after they occur, preventing the loss of so much protein into the environment is better than trying to just rely on cleaning it up once it’s already there.Although the complex relationships between pet exposures and development of allergic sensitization and disease are not completely understood, potential biological mechanisms that may underlie the protective effect of pets have been proposed. Substantial evidence has emerged to support the view that high-dose exposure to cat allergen can induce an immune-response (modified Th2 response) which is non-allergic in nature. Alternatively, it has been hypothesized that exposure to microbial products, specifically endotoxin, can affect the balance between Th1 and Th2 responses, shifting it away from Th2-type responses. Further research, however, is needed to clarify the mechanisms that contribute to the protective effect of pets; without understanding the mechanisms, it will be difficult to develop approaches to prevent atopic outcomes.Sensitization to domestic pets, particularly cats and dogs, is an important risk factor for allergic diseases, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. Although cat and dog allergens are known asthma triggers and can influence disease severity among sensitized individuals, their role in the development of sensitization and allergic disease is less clear and has remained a subject of debate. Recent studies suggest that pet exposure, particularly in early childhood, may have beneficial effects and may actually prevent the development of atopic disorders. In this issue of the Journal, the longitudinal investigation by Mandhane and coworkers provides further evidence that exposure to the most common pets, cats and dogs, lowers the risk of developing allergic sensitization, not only in children but also in young adults.Avoidance is best to prevent the allergies in the first place. But if rehoming your cat isn’t an option, consider these strategies for reducing your symptoms. If your cat is a tomcat, have him fixed. Neutered males produce fewer allergens.