It happens that a person has never been allergic in his life, and suddenly he has an attack, leaving such vivid impressions that antihistamines will forever settle in his home medicine cabinet. Does someone have an allergy to dust, for example, that they are at increased risk of developing an allergic reaction if they come into contact with a pet?
Allergy is a real curse that every year accompanies more and more people. There is an opinion that if a person is allergic to dust, then in no case should he have cats. Is it true?
Why does cat allergy appear?
The main factor for the development of allergic reactions in humans to pets, in particular to cats, is heredity. If either of the parents or both of them, when they are in the same room with a cat or a cat, have a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, then it is very likely that the child will inherit such a feature.
About one in 10 people are allergic to cats.
Many people believe that cats' intolerance is caused by their hair, the smallest hairs of which seem to be floating around in the air. In fact, a person suffering from this type of allergy will experience discomfort when in contact with a hairless Sphynx cat. The fact is that allergy attacks in humans are caused by the protein Fel d 1, in a huge concentration contained in the particles of cat's skin and saliva, which are inevitably present in the room where the animal is kept.
Are cat allergies and dust related?
By analogy with the mechanism that triggers an allergic reaction in cats, allergies to house dust also occur. Likewise, it is not the dust itself that causes itching, swelling and sneezing, but the discharge from the salivary glands of microscopic dust mites that live everywhere.
If someone in the family suffers from such an allergy, do wet cleaning as often as possible and treat all surfaces with a pharmacy dust mite cleaner.
It has been proven that if a person has one or another type of allergy, then he is at risk in relation to pets, including cats. The likelihood of an allergic attack upon contact with an animal in such a person is several times higher than in one who does not suffer from allergies at all. Thus, rumors that dust intolerance implies a reaction to cats as well are not far from the truth.
What if a child or adult is allergic to a cat? We'll have to give the animal in good hands, because constantly suffering from edema, itching and a runny nose and living on pills means a decrease in the quality of life. Until new owners are found for the animal, clean the room as often as possible, and wash the cat itself with a PH-neutral pet shampoo at least once a week. This will reduce the concentration of allergens secreted by it and the person suffering from allergies will have the opportunity to coexist at the very least in the same territory with the animal.