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Does anyone know how to cure a cat allergy? I want a cat so badly but my head and throat hurt whenever I'm around one for too long. Is there Any advice from the cat people out there?
 
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Does anyone know how to cure a cat allergy? I want a cat so badly but my head and throat hurt whenever I'm around one for too long. Is there Any advice from the cat people out there?
I understand your frustration. I think first of all, you should talk to a doctor to determine how severe your allergy is. If your allergy is strong, it is better not to have a cat. One of my buddies cannot even be anywhere near a cat or he would start having really terrible allergic reaction which could kill him. On the other hand, if your doctor thinks your allergy can be controlled by medication and it is perfectly fine for you to have a cat, then you have to ask yourself another question:

1. Are you able to make a commitment for your cat for rest of its life?

My mother wasn't allergic to her first cat, but when she got her second cat, she started sneezing like mad. We had to separate my mother from the cat. Luckily, we had a lot of people in the house, so she didn't really need to take care of the cat. Gradually her allergic episodes decreased and it stopped bothering her as much any more, but without medication I don't think you can really put your allergy completely under control.

In your case, you really need to speak with a doctor. Having a cat requires a lot of responsibilities from the owner. You want to provide your cat a home that it can stay happily for the rest of its life.

Hope this helps and good luck.
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Speaking as someone who is allergic to cats as well: I agree, make an appt. with an allergy specialist doctor. If your allergy is too severe, you might not be able to be a cat owner.
I was told (for years) that I was allergic to dogs and cats. I was on weekly allergy shots, and various allergy pills. I adopted a dog, and went off the medications (it is possible for your body to form an antibody against the allergy- and POOF allergy is gone!) Now I have 2 cats, and while my allergies don't bother me around them, they do bother me around long haired cats.
So, your best bet is to see your doctor, see what he/she says. If you are still wanting to be a cat owner, it may mean medications for the rest of your life, and strict habits with your cat. Meaning, grooming by someone else, so it doesn't aggravate your allergy, having someone else clean the litter pans so it doesn't aggravate the allergy..etc, etc.

A cat is a lifetime commitment, a huge one for someone with allergies. Do your research, and then decide. Good luck to you!
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I just saw an allergist this morning. She gave me more allegra because sadly my insurance runs out Aug 20. But she told me I could get the immunology shots when I get insurance again (cause they can get costly!). I told her that my mom used to take me as a child in the 80s to get those and they didn't do ANYTHING.
Well, I felt dumb cause she said "we've come a long way since the 80s"
She told me that they've since been able to pinpoint the crude protein that is in the cat that humans are allergic to. So HOPEFULLY I get insurance along with a full time job soon. Gosh I need money for so many things!
That will rule so much to not be allergic to cats and no longer deal with allegra, nose sprays, vapo rub, and tissues EVERYDAY!
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Along with your medications, to avoid allergy flare-ups you can do as I did when we first got my kitties. If you can, have someone else clean and change the litter box (any dust can upset your allergies), and have that person brush your cats as well. Keep your kitties away from your face, at least at first, until your body adjusts to the allergy meds. Don't forget to keep your hands away from your face after petting your kitty. This was a major issue for me I'd forget, and rub my eye....well, it was all downhill from there!

I hope everything goes well, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! Oh, and I agree with the shots, they never did a darn thing for me either!
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Thank you everyone. I am finding this really frustrating. I will definitely see my doctor as you all said. Has anyone here had recent allergy shots? Do they work? How long do you have to take them for? I don't want to take pills for the rest of my life but am willing to take shots for a short term if I know they cure it.
 
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I used to take shots, up until 2 years ago. I got them in the upper muscles of my arms, alternating each week. I had to stop them since they didn't seem to help with anything.

Definitely talk to your doctor. I am sure there are more options then I know about, and your doctor can help you figure out just what you want to do. Be sure to express your interest in the shots, (ask about side effects especially) and your desire to avoid pills for the rest of your life.
You might want to tell your allergy doctor about wanting a cat, and your allergies to cats. That may also help him/her with planning a medicine regime for you. Good luck!
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Thank you everyone. I am finding this really frustrating. I will definitely see my doctor as you all said. Has anyone here had recent allergy shots? Do they work? How long do you have to take them for? I don't want to take pills for the rest of my life but am willing to take shots for a short term if I know they cure it.
Don't lose hope yet ! I'm a crazy cat lover who is on constant medication battling allergies and asthma. Now, I am a happy meowmy to my kitties ! The med. works !
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Thanks everyone. The medications that I have tried all make me drowsy so I'm trying to avoid them. From what I'm hearing the shots don't really work. I won't give up yet though. Hopefully a doctor has a miracle cure. Or they can give a kitten a magic shot that would make the allergens go away. lol. I really envy people without allergies. Sigh.
 
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What you may want to do is put an air filter in your room/the house. You also may want look into breeds that don't give people as much trouble, there's no single one breed that'll 100% do it but its worth a try. Bathing cats is good too,


Also maybe mildly expose yourself to cats little by little. Gradually you'll become (hopefully) immune.



It may or may not work.
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