Updated: March 12, 2022
Allergies are caused by the body’s reaction to any harmless substance. Most allergies are easy to detect and identify in adults, while allergies are much harder to diagnose in young children. First of all, young children are not able to communicate clearly with their parents; they come in contact with many unusual things, eat strange things without our knowledge, and apply strange things to their bodies.
Pet allergies are very common in young children, infants and even adults. Cat allergies in young children should be prevented and treated immediately. But how do you know if your child is allergic to cats and what are the factors that can cause a cat allergy?
What is a pet allergy?
A pet allergy is a reaction of the immune system when the body comes in contact with saliva, urine, flakes or feces. When a small child or a child comes in contact with any of these allergens, the immune system wakes up and the body releases histamine and over 40 different chemicals to fight the allergens.
When an infant is exposed to any of these allergens, histamine causes inflammation of the nose and airways, leading to mild or severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, itching, persistent sneezing, wheezing, coughing and asthma. It has been observed that most asthma originates in childhood and is caused by pets. Any animal that is raised as a pet, such as cats, can cause severe allergic reactions in young children prone to cat allergies.
The main causes of allergies in cats
Cats and dogs alike are very popular as pets. Cat allergies are one of the most common allergies affecting young children. Most people think that the fur and fur of pets is the main cause of allergies, but the real problem is the saliva, urine and flakes of cats. The protein present in these allergens triggers allergic reactions in young children. Cat allergies are triggered by the presence of a cat in or around your home. If you notice that your baby is sneezing, has difficulty breathing, has a flushed face and starts crying when the cat is in his room, you can almost certainly be allergic. The child will experience allergy symptoms even if the cat is not in the room, as the allergen is found throughout the house. Symptoms of feline allergy may develop within minutes or hours of contact with the allergen.
How to identify allergies in young children
An allergy test is the best way to identify cat allergies in young children. You should take your child to a pediatrician who will recommend, check and perform an allergy test. Some young children may experience rashes and itching on their feet, legs and hands when walking or rubbing on a surface that has been in contact with the cat. You can start treatment immediately after confirmation of the allergy.
Proteins in allergens are the main causes of allergic reactions in young children. People with allergies have a very sensitive immune system. Their bodies react differently when they come in contact with harmless things and react as if they have been attacked by a virus or an alien attacker.
Even if you do not have a cat allergy, but are allergic to other allergens, cats can be carriers of other allergens, such as pollen, dust, mold, and other allergens on their hair. Outdoor cats or pet cats that venture outdoors are carriers of these allergens.
Treatment of feline allergies
Allergies are usually treated with allergic drugs. Your pediatrician will prescribe antihistamines, decongestants, and other prescribed medications to control your cat’s allergy symptoms. Allergic injections are also a good choice, but they are not suitable for young children.
Allergies cannot be completely treated, but they can be prevented to some extent. You can prevent allergies to some extent by reducing your exposure to cats or any other pets that cause allergic reactions. This is one of the main reasons why most people avoid keeping pets at home with babies and young children. There is a higher chance of developing an allergy if pets are nearby and this is the main reason why many families avoid keeping pets at home, and if their child is allergic, exposure to cats can make the problem worse.
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