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Allergic to Cats? Relief Is on the Way

Allergic to Cats? Relief Is on the Way

Do you get red, itchy eyes or even have trouble breathing around cats? According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), 60 million Americans have allergies or asthma. As many as 30 percent of those may have an aversion to pets.

Now, researchers in the UK say they may have found a cure for cat allergies that could be on the market within five years. A group at Cambridge University discovered the trigger that can cause allergic reactions, believed to be a protein in cat dander, which combines with a chemical in humans to create the reaction.

The only treatment currently available for symptoms, which can also include rashes and dangerous asthma attacks, is to take antihistamines or to have a number of injections to build up a tolerance to the allergen.

However, scientists believe a pill or inhaler could be used to treat the problem.

“When cats lick themselves they spread saliva, hormones and skin cells onto their coat,” says the study’s lead author Dr. Clare Bryant. “When the hair falls out, it is proteins in this dandruff stuck on their fur that people are allergic to. How cat dander causes such a severe allergic reaction in some people has long been a mystery.”

The research also suggests that a similar treatment may be used to treat dog allergies.

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12:49PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

my allergy is mild, I love my indoor kitty

8:44AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Homoeopathy is the best remedy against cat allergy. My husband had a cat allergy for at least 25 years and after a several month homoeopathy treatment he was fully healed. That was 9 years ago, and he was not someone who really believed in homoeopathy, that means he was not expecting to be healed, he just tried because the homoeopath was a friend of us and he had nothing to lose). Since then we have always had cats at home, since 2008 we have four and he is fully OK, he can even kiss them if he wants to and he won´t get any allergic reaction. So, I can only recommend it, a good homoeopath can really help against cat allergy.

3:56AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

9:22AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Luckily I'm not allergic to cats. I'm allergic to stupid people.

6:59PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

I had 6 years of allergy shots. I still have problems. And all 3 of my children have some form of problem. 2 own cats. My son lives with a girl and I know she had dogs-so he's doomed. When I've been especially let down (by people,who else) it's my 7 lb dog that crawls into bed with me.

1:19PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Yeah, but what would the side effects be! Pharmaceuticals have a kidney of em, think I'd rather deal w/ the allergy than the health depleting side effects, which are usually WORSE.than the initial problem!!!!

1:19PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Yeah, but what would the side effects be! Pharmaceuticals have a kidney of em, think I'd rather deal w/ the allergy than the health depleting side effects, which are usually WORSE.than the initial problem!!!!

4:36AM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Thanks for sharing. One of my best friends has cat allergy and it´s always a problem when she visits me. Even with an extra house cleaning.

2:08AM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:01AM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Depending on whether the cat owner keeps a clean home without dander on the furniture, carpets and floors, etc - I'm fine.
The last time I had a bad reaction was after visiting a home in West Vancouver - the home was not kept at all clean. I changed to sunglasses when we went for a walk outside and my fingers were near my eyes for a few seconds. For the next two days my eyes were swollen closed despite all the anti-histamines, etc. Some people are just plain unhygienic ...

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