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What makes people allergic to cats

Are there any known causes of allergy to cats?

Allergy to cats may be acquired. This means that another person's cat may have been a source of the allergic response in the person who has the allergy.

An allergic person may develop an allergic reaction to a cat's dander, saliva or the cat's hair. This is called an allergic contact dermatitis.

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It is not known what causes people to be allergic to cats. It is also not known whether people who have allergies to cats have any particular type of cat allergies.

How can allergens be removed?

Cats with a known allergy should not be allowed to live in the same household with any people who are allergic to cats. Cats should have their own room, in a different part of the house, with a large, plastic tub or box to sleep in.

Cats should also be bathed when necessary. People with allergies may need to bathe their cat every two to three months, especially if the cat has been allowed to sleep in the same house with people who are allergic to cats.

Are there any medications that can be used to treat cat allergy?

Medications that can be used to treat cat allergy include antihistamines and corticosteroids.

Corticosteroids can be used to prevent allergic reactions. Corticosteroids are also used for asthma, for inflammatory disorders, and to treat other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

There are also a number of antihistamines that can be used to treat cat allergy. These include diphenhydramine (Benadryl), doxylamine, hydroxyzine (e.g., Atarax), and others.

People with cat allergy may also be able to use a natural product called kiwifruit to prevent allergic reactions.

What is the treatment for cat allergy?

People who are allergic to cats should be treated with allergy medications.

Where can I find more information?

More information can be found at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) website at: www.allermed.org.

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