Question: What happens when you are allergic to cats?

If you are cat allergic and cat allergens get into your lungs, the allergens can combine with antibodies and cause symptoms. These can include difficulty breathing, coughing, and wheezing. Cat allergies can cause an acute asthma attack and can be a trigger for chronic asthma.

Is cat allergy dangerous?

People with cat allergies react to specific substances that cats produce, such as saliva, skin flakes called dander, or urine. The substances that cause these reactions are called allergens. A cat allergy can cause symptoms ranging from mild respiratory problems to a life-threatening syndrome called anaphylaxis.

Can you get sick from cat allergies?

But symptoms such as fevers, chills, nausea, or vomiting should be considered related to an illness rather than allergies. If you are cat allergic and cat allergens get into your lungs, the allergens can combine with antibodies and cause symptoms. These can include difficulty breathing, coughing, and wheezing.

Can you get rid of cat allergies by exposure?

Its often difficult or impossible to eliminate completely your exposure to animal allergens. Even if you dont have a pet, you may unexpectedly encounter pet allergens transported on other peoples clothes. In addition to avoiding pet allergens, you may need medications to control symptoms.

Why am I suddenly more allergic to my cat?

In the case of cat allergies, allergens can come from your cats dander (dead skin), fur, saliva, and even their urine. Breathing in pet dander or coming into contact with these allergens can cause an allergic reaction.

What can I do if I am allergic to my cat?

If you do have an allergy, your doctor may prescribe medications or allergy shots. Your allergist will also recommend things you can do at home — like washing your hands frequently, making sure your house is vacuumed and dusted regularly, and getting rid of carpets and drapes that trap dust and pet dander.

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