Cat allergy: what helps and what doesn't?

If itchy eyes and a runny nose become normal when cuddling with the cat, there may be a cat allergy behind it. You should have these treated immediately. Cats in the bedroom are a huge problem for allergy sufferers - Image: Shutterstock / Vladimir Arndt

Animal hair allergy occurs when you are exposed to the allergens in sweat, sebum, urine, saliva, on the hair and in the dander. Unfortunately, these will be spread all over the room in which the cat was, because most of the house tigers lose quite a lot of hair.

Allergy therapies

One way to get rid of the allergy is to give the cat away. Animal lovers will wonder, given this step, whether there are other ways to deal with cat allergy. A doctor can prescribe medication for the allergy, unfortunately they only fight the symptoms and not the trigger itself. You can swallow tablets or inhale sprays, but you won't treat the allergy yourself because your cat is still with you.

However, you can think about a specific immunotherapy with your doctor, the effectiveness of which is proven for cat allergies. In hypersensitization, a doctor injects tiny amounts of the allergen into the patient so that the body gets used to it. If the therapy works, you can pet your darling without side effects.

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Preventing cat allergy

If you do not yet have an allergy but have responded positively to the allergen in a test, you should take some preventive measures to heart. Bathe your cat weekly or apply an anti-allergenic cleaning solution - the latter is recommended for cats who are not patient with the bathroom.

With an air purification device you trap allergens in the room air. It is also important to wipe dust consistently.