The last report shows that the number of people in the USA who are suffering from the cat allergy is around six and ten million. Still, people are little confused about symptoms of the allergy, especially when it is about allergy on cats. The majority of the people are thinking that cat allergy is caused by the allergens from the cat dander. But, most of the allergens come mainly from seat and saliva.
These allergens contain a carbohydrate structure which is also known as Fel d 1. This is the main allergen which causes allergy to the cat. Fel d 1 is much smaller than mold or pollen, still, no matter of the size of it, Fel d 1 is also an allergen. Fel d 1, mold and pollen are actually microscopic and they are floating very easily in the air. After that cat lick itself, Fel d 1 is grooming and it is deposited on its fur.
After this happen the dried specks of saliva may float off and come around of your home. Still, the protein may be everywhere in your home. It could be on your furniture, windows, walls, beds, pillows and other. But, the thing that is very interesting is that this allergen may remain for years in your home, no matter that you don’t have a cat anymore in your house. Totally cleaning is a must if you want to protect yourself from a cat allergy.
Symptoms of Allergy
There are various places of your body that may react on the allergy symptoms. Usually, that places are throat, ears, nose, lungs, eyes, or your skin. After exposing to the cause of the allergy, the first symptoms are occurring between fifteen and forty minutes. Still, it needs days when it is about cat allergy for starting with symptoms.
The most often symptoms when it is about cat allergy are:
• Wet, red-colored, itchy and swollen eyes
• Areas of the skin covered with the red color
• A runny nose and post nasal drip
• Wheezing and coughing
• Stuffed up ears
• Nasal congestion and others
Controlling of Cat Allergy
The best solution is avoiding the symptoms which cause allergy to you. Still, considering that you can not live in isolation and in a vacuum, people are simply exposed to the symptoms of the allergy, especially when it is about cats or pets. People who love pets, especially cats, simply can not peace with the fact that they should to leave them. Still, here are some recommendations that you may follow for keeping control of your cat allergy eg hypoallergenic cats and if not available then:
• Try to use allergy reliefs and other product for reducing reacting symptoms of in your home.
• Daily and constant ventilation of your hose by using air condition, but it is much better with opening your windows even and during rainy days will help you a lot.
• Using of HEPA filter will help you to protect yourself from cat allergen, but also and form other allergens.