Treatment for Cat Allergies

When cat allergy is suspected and detected, the doctor conducts a medical history of the concerned patient and performs diagnostic tests like scratch and blood tests. If required, the patient or the animal is temporarily removed from the environment and the area is completed cleansed off all the dirt and dust to improve the conditions of allergy.

Scratch Tests:

As per this test, the suspected allergen is applied on the skin. Thereafter, the area is scratched to allow the substances to penetrate the skin. Allergic reactions like itching, redness or swelling occurs in twenty minutes from its application. This test is done on the upper arm, upper back or forearm and many allergens can be tested for at the same time.

Blood Tests:

As per this, a radioallergosorbent test is conducted. This test is used to detect an allergic reaction. According to this test, the suspected allergen is mixed with the blood sample and measured for Immunoglobulin E levels. The immune system produces this antibody to detect an allergic reaction.

Treatment for cat allergies:

  • Add an air cleaner to the air conditioner and central heating. The filter should be used for at least four hours daily.
  • Avoid using carpets as they can accumulate a great amount of dust. Steam clean them whenever you get the time. However, a hardwood or tiled floor is preferred.
  • The bedroom vents should be covered with filtering material like cheesecloth.
  • The cat should be brushed daily to remove dander and bathed every week to keep it clean.
  • Keep cats out of your bedroom and clean the room thoroughly.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the dust off the carpet, mats, rugs, etc. Wear a dust mask while doing so.

If the above recommendations do not work then it is advisable to keep the cat outdoors or remove the pet completely away from your surroundings.

Treatment for cat allergies includes medications, such as, antihistamines and decongestants. These medications may have some side effects initially, like drowsiness, irritability, nervousness and sleepless nights. However, seeking a physician’s recommendation and advice, prior to taking any medicine is very important.

When medications prove ineffective, then vaccines or allergy shots can also be taken. This is also known as immunotherapy. As per this therapy, regular injections of small doses of the allergen are to be given once or twice weekly to reduce sensitivity. This is an effective treatment but it takes long to show its improving effects.