Cat Allergy Medicine
- antihistamines (such as Benadryl or Claritin)
- corticosteroids (such as Flonase or Nasonex)
- over-the-counter decongestant sprays
- cromolyn sodium (prevents the release of immune system chemicals and may reduce symptoms)
- leukotriene modifiers (such as Singulair)
- allergy shots are known as immunotherapy (a series of shots that “desensitize” you to an allergen)
Nasal lavage is a home remedy for symptoms of cat allergies. Salt water (saline) is used to rinse your nasal passages, reducing congestion, postnasal drip, and sneezing. Several over-the-counter brands are available. You can make salt water at home by combining 1/8 teaspoon of table salt with 8 ounces of distilled water.
Avoidance is best to prevent the allergies in the first place. But if rehoming your cat isn’t an option, consider these strategies for reducing your symptoms. If your cat is a tomcat, have him fixed. Neutered males produce fewer allergens.
- Ban the cat from your bedroom.
- Wash your hands after touching the cat.
- Remove wall-to-wall carpeting and upholstered furniture. Wood or tile flooring and clean walls help reduce allergens.
- Select throw rugs that can be washed in hot water and wash them frequently.
- Cover heating and air-conditioning vents with a dense filtering material such as cheesecloth.
- Install an air cleaner.
- Vacuum frequently with a HEPA filter vacuum.
- Use a face mask while dusting or cleaning.
- Bathe your cat regularly (every six weeks or so).
- Recruit a non-allergic person to remove dander and clean the litter box regularly.
If you have a severe cat allergy, you should consider finding a new home for your pet. Once a cat is removed from the environment, it can take several weeks or months for allergens to dissipate. It might not seem like it at first, but everyone involved including the cat may be happier in the end.