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Cat allergy: treatments

In case of allergy to the cat, it is recommended to consult an allergist specialist doctor who will be able to carry out specific tests to confirm the diagnosis, and propose solutions.

The first is to avoid contact with the allergen ... And therefore to avoid contact with cats.

In addition to this, other solutions may be envisaged, and in particular medicinal treatments:

Medication

  • Antihistamine treatments are used against rhinitis, conjunctivitis and urticaria.
  • Corticosteroids may be prescribed in case of severe allergy, asthma and inflammatory reaction.
  • Homeopathic solutions can also be offered to people with allergies.

Homeopathic treatment: how does it work?

Homeopathy, you know. But do you really know how it works? Test your knowledge in our Quiz True / False!

Desensitization

Two types of desensitization are possible in case of allergy to the cat: the sublingual route and the injections.

- The sublingual route:

a few drops of the allergen are deposited under the patient's tongue. This method of desensitization has less risk and side effects than desensitization by injection, because the route of administration is less generating systemic effects. However, this method is also less effective because it limits the dose of allergen administered.

- Injectable:

The allergen is injected in increasing doses by the dermal route. The allergen of the cat is a very strong allergen, so there are risks when desensitization by this method. Patients may experience very severe reactions, and although the risk is low, anaphylactic shock may occur during treatment in the doctor's office.

In people allergic to cats, placebo-controlled studies have shown an improvement in bronchial hyperresponsiveness in asthmatics who persist after stopping treatment, but always in a context of crowding out the cat, the best possible solution. !

Currently, new desensitizing treatments are being developed which use peptides derived from Fel d1 that would induce tolerance without systemic effects. Clinical studies are underway.

Want to react, share your experience or ask a question? See you in our FORUMS Allergy or A doctor answers you!

Read also :

> Desensitization: how does it work?
> The treatment of allergies by energy
> Homeopathy: the essential thing to know
> Quincke's edema: we must act quickly!
> QUIZ: True / False about allergies

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