Friday, November 4

Cat Dander Treatment

Cat dander treatment is an important factor in allergy control. But first we need to understand the nature of cat danger allergens, their danger, and how they are diagnosed.

Cat Dander Treatment

Cat dander treatment is easier than you may think. First, with common forms of cat allergies, don’t get rid of the cat. Treat yourself. For any treatment you take, ask yourself and your doctor: Is it safe? Is it effective? Is it necessary?

If you look online for treatment, look for the owner of the website. Only trust websites of universities, medical centers, government, and non-profit research organizations. Second, check to see if the information provided is up-to-date. Research is moving rapidly, don’t settle for old information.
Also look for the science behind a treatment. Testimonies are worthless as is any form of anecdotal evidence.

Cat Dander Treatment today include:

Allergen immunotherapy: Allergy shots try to trick your system into producing antibodies to stop an allergy response. This method is complex and must be administered by an allergist. It is expensive and requires many visits to the doctor. It is helpful if you do not fear getting needles.
Medication: There are various forms of medication that can also be used for allergy control including cat dander treatment. They include:

  • Corticosteroids, which help prevent and treat inflammation, are available in several forms. However these products may cause side effects, including more serious side effects in some people. Long-term use of oral corticosteroids is very dangerous, so they are prescribed only for short-term use.

  • Antihistamines, which block histamine. Some Over The Counter products that contain antihistamine are first-generation products that cause drowsiness and should be avoided. Claritin is a second-generation product and causes less drowsiness. Allegra is a nonsedating prescription antihistamine.

  • Decongestants treat nasal and sinus congestion. These are available as OTC (Over The Counter) medications and they have complications. Use only under the advice of a physician and should be used for only for a few days. Eye drops are also available are considered safe.

  • Leukotriene modifiers, which block the effects of a form of inflammatory chemical that causes the allergic reaction;

  • Mast cell stabilizers, which prevent the release of histamine.

Alternative Treatments:

  • Acupuncture, which is effective for relief of nasal congestion, discharge, and itching.

  • Acupressure

  • Homeopathy has demonstrated promise as a potential side effect free alternative.

  • Herbal Remedies (EU) & Supplements (USA) can also be used for allergies including cat dander treatment: There a number of herbs that can be taken that may be effective in controlling the symptoms of allergies.

    One herb that has been popular in Europe is Butterbur which is also known as Sweet Coltfoot (Petasites hybridus), which should not be confused with Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara). A Swiss study reported in the British Medical Journal that Butterbur extract has been shown to be effective in the treatment for seasonal hay fever without the sedative effect of the antihistamine, cetirizine. Note that some Butterbur products may contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) which can damage the liver, lungs, and blood circulation, and possibly cause cancer. These products must be avoided. A PA-free butterbur extract (Petadolex) is manufactured by Weber&Weber, GmbH & Co, Germany, but may not be easily available outside of the EU.

These are some of the methods of allergy control, including that of cat dander treatment.