Can you be allergic to cats but not dogs?

Can you be allergic to cats and not dogsThe answer is yes. Yes, it is possible to be allergic to cats and not dogs. You can be allergic to dogs and not cats. However, the proteins are similar. If you are allergic to one furred mammal, you are likely allergic to most of the others.

According to the American Pet Products Association, there are about 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats living in homes in the US. That means almost 44% of all households have a dog and 35% have a cat.

If the presence of your precious pet is causing you pain, you’re not alone. Up to 15% of the general population and 30% of the allergic population have reactions to cats and dogs.

If you have pet allergies, chances are it is the cat rather than the dog that’s making you sneeze. While an estimated 10 percent of people are allergic to household pets, cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

With that being said you can live with pets. Here are some resources to help you with your allergies and help your pets stay with their family.

Article – What is pet dander and how do you get rid of it? 

Article – Can you be allergic to cats and not dogs?

Article – What are the best breeds of cats for people with allergies?

Wishing you the best of health

Mike

PS. Don’t put all the blame on cats and dogs,  they aren’t the only creatures that can trigger your allergies. People also sneeze around cows, rodents, horses, and birds.

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7 Dust Mite Myths Busted

WOW have the phones been ringing like crazy this week! Seems like everyone has a question or two about dust mites.  We noticed that there are lots of misconceptions about things that dust mites do. We want to set the record straight.

7 Dust Mite Myths Busted
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Dust mites are biting me! – No, dust mites aren’t biting you. They can’t bite you. They don’t have a mouth with teeth.  Instead, they have an opening that scoops up shed bits of  skin. Instead of chewing their food the way we do, they secrete an enzyme that breaks the food down and begins digestion. Dust mites don’t have a  mouth, they don’t have teeth, they don’t chew, and they don’t bite !

If your skin itches, it is more likely  an allergic reaction to the proteins that are found in the waste products of the dust mites.

I feel the dust mites crawling on me! – A dust mite is too small to see with the naked eye. You certainly can’t feel them walking around on your skin. They may hitch a ride on your clothing, but dust mites don’t live on people. If you even want to see a dust mite, you will need at least a 10X magnification microscope.

Dust mites are escaping from my vacuum! – No they are not. Dust mites aren’t mobile enough to crawl out of your vacuum cleaner. Dust mites (dead or alive) and their fragmented body parts, shed skins and feces only escape  your vacuum cleaner if it leaks through the exhaust.

Always vacuum with a HEPA-filtered vacuum to reduce dust mite allergens in homes.

Dust mites are flying around my house!–  Dust mites don’t have wings. They can’t fly.

I feel them under my skin!  – Those aren’t dust mites. Scabies  burrow into the skin, not dust mites.

They are chewing through my mattress cover! – Dust mites don’t chew. If something is biting you it could be bed bugs.  Dust mite covers trap allergens and prevent them from becoming airborne. A high quality dust mite proof cover on your mattress and pillows will protect you.

Got Questions?

Still have questions about allergies or dust mites? Give us a call at (800) 771-2246 or drop us a line allergy@allergystore.com.

 

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Can You Get a Fever from an Allergic Reaction?

The symptoms of colds and allergies can be confusing. Often, they are very similar. But the one symptom that is never the direct result of an allergic reaction is fever.  So, the answer to the question can you get a fever from an allergic reaction is No. But that doesn’t mean that you can have a fever when you are suffering from allergies.

Have A Fever? Don’t Blame Allergies!

Fever as a Secondary Symptom of Allergy

When you have a fever along with your allergies it is the sign that something else is going on. The allergic reaction may have produced sinusitis. This is an infection of the sinus cavities and can happen when untreated allergies cause inflammation that prevents the sinuses from draining properly. The fever you experience isn’t because of the allergic reaction. It is because the allergic reaction has resulted in an infection. You may be able to clear the infection with antibiotics, but if the allergies aren’t treated the infection can return and bring a fever with it.

If your allergies cause inflammation that results in fluid in the ear, you can get an ear infection. In this instance, the fever is a result of the infection of the ear. It’s not the allergic reaction that caused the fever it’s the infection that was caused by the allergic reaction.

Allergic Inflammation

The problem is allergies cause inflammation. Whether it is allergic rhinitis, eczema, or asthma the misery is caused by inflammation. Mast cells and basophils cause vasodilation, airway narrowing and hypersecretion of mucous.  The reaction can be early stage (within minutes) or late state (2 – 6 hours). This inflammation keeps eyes, sinuses and ears from draining properly. That gives bacteria a warm, moist place to multiply. That’s how you get an infection and the infection is what causes the fever.

Control Allergies to Prevent Infection

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis or have recurring ear infections or tonsillitis, it might be caused by allergies. Get the allergies under control and stop the inflammation that leads to the infections.

A visit to the allergist or even an ENT can help. Once you identify your allergic triggers you can take steps to avoid them. Avoiding the allergens stops the allergic reactions before they start. Without the allergic reaction, you don’t have inflammation. Since you don’t have inflammation, you don’t provide an environment for bacteria to grow.

Allergy medicine such as decongestants help with inflammation and immunotherapy can increase your level of sensitivity to certain allergens. But if you have a fever, it’s not an allergy; it is an infection.

 

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