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Allergic to pets? Help is at hand!

Do you ever suffer from itching or sneezing when entering a room shared by a cat or dog? If so you may have a pet allergy. Having a new pet or moving in with a friend or partner should be a source of pleasure. But when one has a pet allergy it can be a misery. With a pet allergy, be it a cat, dog, or a horse even, the symptoms tend to vary according to the source of the allergen.

There is a significant difference in the way that pets can affect us. Allergens, which are usually proteins, act as triggers when we come into contact with the substance which provokes a reaction.

With a dog it is either direct contact with the animal, or places it has been: rugs, furniture etc. It is similar with horses and many warm blooded animals. A young boy I knew was so allergic to his beloved pony that he was unable to ride it. Any contact would cause him to break out in hives, commonly referred to as nettle rash.

The most effective way to avoid a reaction is to keep as clear of the skin or dander (dead skin cells). Of course, that is not as easy as it sounds especially when it involves a treasured pet. For example, if your dog shares your bed with you, even if stop this arrangement (perhaps to welcome a new partner) you’ll need a lot of laundering to rid the bed of potential allergens. This is also true with furniture. If a dog likes to curl up on the sofa then ensure that a separate blanket used only for Rover covers the entire area and is laundered regularly. Always wash feeding bowls separately from all other utensils and clean dog and cat baskets and blankets regularly.

Where allergies to cats are concerned the allergen is similar, as it is also a protein contained in the cat’s saliva. As you have probably noticed, cats constantly apply saliva to condition their fur, by licking their paws and spreading it where ever it is required. This of course makes an allergy to cats more difficult to avoid, as the allergen becomes air borne, affecting the eyes in particular.

I once met a man who was madly in love, but unfortunately was allergic to only one cat. The cat belonged to his fiancée’s mother. It is easy to understand how she was unable to accept that it was possible for him to be allergic to just one cat, which happened to be hers. After 15 minutes, with eyes streaming he always had to cut the visit short and leave the house. The potential mother-in-law of course thought it was her company he was avoiding rather than Tibbles.

The best way to protect yourself from this air borne allergen, is not to breathe it in, but how? Usually an allergy specialist will prescribe a nasal spray or eye drops, which are often steroidal and can provide relief from the symptoms. Another treatment which may be prescribed is a Kenalog injection. This contains the active ingredient triamcinolone, a type of corticosteroid. Seek advice from your doctor if you feel your symptoms are severe enough to justify this type of treatment.

There is however another method which is not only very effective, but is also body friendly – bees wax. If you smear bees wax to the inside of the nostrils most of the allergen particles are trapped by the wax and a fully blown attack is avoided. This method also works well with hay fever, as the particles of pollen can be trapped in this way.

Another highly successful, natural and non-invasive treatment for allergies is ChirokineticTherapy, this works by establishing the “prime cause” which is compromising the immune system. Once corrected an allergy is no longer triggered by the previous allergen or allergens.

About David Stevens

David Stevens specialises in treating auto-immune diseases, in particular allergies, from hay fever to anaphylaxis, and in providing drug-free pain relief. In 1997 David developed (CKT) ChirokineticTherapy which has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of allergies.  See www.chirokinetictherapy.com and www.vitalbodyhealth.com

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