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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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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Have a Runny Nose in the Morning?

Have A Runny Nose In The Morning

Have A Runny Nose In The Morning

Many people wake with a runny nose in the morning.  Some people wake up with a stuffy nose every morning.  Does this sound like you?

Do you get up out of bed and start to move around and start sneezing.? You might wonder for a minute if you are coming down with a cold.  But, once the morning routine is under way  the symptoms go away.  By mid-afternoon you might have even forgotten that you woke up feeling poorly or that you had a runny nose in the morning.

Does this describe you or someone you know?  The foggy feeling in the head that clears by the time you take a shower?

Dust mite allergen is the most common household allergen.  Allergy to dust mites is often undiagnosed and misdiagnosed.

Dust mites are microscopic creatures closely related to spiders.  They are so tiny it takes a very powerful microscope to even see them. However, their body parts and feces contain a protein that can be a powerful allergen and makes it difficult for many people to get a good night’s rest.  It can also cause a stuffy or runny nose in the morning.

Dust mites feed on shed human skin cells.  They like it warm, dark, and humid.  Our bedrooms and our beds are the perfect environment for this miniature maker of misery.  We wash our clothes every time we wear them. They don’t collect skin cells, so they don’t have much for dust mites to eat.  Dust mites don’t want to be in your clothes.

However, we sleep on our sheets, blankets and mattresses night after night after night.  Because humans shed skin constantly, the bedding fibers trap the skin cells and set the table for the dust mite buffet.  We don’t wash our sheets and bedding after each use.  We certainly can’t get our mattresses and box springs in the washer either!  This is exactly why our sleeping places are literally a hotbed of dust mite allergen.

As we move about in our sleep, these particles become airborne and rain down on us only to be inhaled.  Once inhaled, the allergic chain reaction begins.  By the time the alarm clock goes off and it is time to get up, we have been inhaling that allergen for anywhere from 6 to 9 hours.  No wonder you have a runny or stuffy nose!

Allergists recommend that you encase your mattress and pillows in zippered dust mite proof covers.  All bedding should be washed every 7 days in 140° degree water.  If it isn’t possible to get your water that hot (most hot water heaters may be set to 120° or less) you can add something like De-Mite  (my favorite) to your detergent to kill those mites.

So, if you have wondered why you have cold symptoms in the morning that go away as the day goes on…stop wondering!  The next question is what will you do about it now you know the root cause?

Til Next Time!
PS. By reducing your exposure to allergens, you can reduce your need for medications and visits to the doctor.  If you want more detailed information, medications and doctor visits, click here to download your free copy of the e-book” You Can Do It! Allergy Free Living”.

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