Symptoms of Cat Allergy

Allergies are abnormal reactions to things that are typically harmless for the body but that which you think is very harmful for you. In the process of protecting the body, the immune system produces antibodies to combat that which you allergic to, that is, the allergens. These antibodies cause certain cells to release chemicals into the bloodstream, one of which is the histamine.

The histamine is the main cause of allergic reactions or irritations, as it strikes the nose, throat, lungs or skin. Another interesting thing that follows is that, whenever the body comes in contact with the same allergen the antibodies react with a sense of aversion.

Cat allergy can affect any part of your body that is in constant contact with the cat. So, it can affect your nose, throat, ears, lungs or the skin. When a cat scratches or licks your skin, then the area affected either swells up and/or gets red.

If any rashes occur on the face, neck or any upper part of your body, then it could be seriously associated with a respiratory allergy. This kind of respiratory allergy lasts for fifteen to forty minutes straight after exposure. However, allergies can occur after several days of exposure as well.

The most common symptoms of cat allergy are:

  • Red, itchy and swollen eyes
  • Gradual swelling and/or inflammation of the area affected
  • Running nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Itchy and swollen ears
  • A dripping nose
  • Itchy and soar throat
  • Coughing
  • Bronchitis

Tips to avoid cat allergy:

  • Avoid cats in your bedroom and bathroom
  • Clean the rugs and mats as often as you can
  • Avoid physical contact with cats

The tendency to develop allergies is hereditary. However, it does not mean that siblings or folks who have a particular allergy in your family can pass it on. Allergies are not contagious. Even then, the best way to treat allergies is to stay away from them.

Allergic reactions can be as mild as a running nose but as severe as an asthma attack. So, never let it go just with the wink of an eye. Consult your doctor and get cat allergies treated with proper medication and advice.