An allergic skin reaction is defined as being a chronic disease characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to things that we come into contact with. This is what happens when you have an allergic reaction to cats.
Allergic skin reactions are more common than you would think; almost 10% of people are allergic to household pets. and allergic Eczema affects up to 20% of children and up to 3% of adults.
What causes an allergic skin reaction?
It’s been in the news this week that chemicals found in everyday cosmetics and cleaning products are possibly one of the biggest causes for skin allergies and many metals are often an offender. However, cat allergies are also very common; twice as common as dog allergies in fact.
80% of skin reactions are caused by contact. When in contact with a cat or sometimes just by touching where a cat has been the skin can become red, inflamed, irritated and very itchy and might contain lumps and bumps that ooze.
An allergic reaction to cats is an immune reaction to animal skin flakes, saliva, and sometimes fur as it can trap allergens within the fur itself and can occur when the allergen comes into contact with the skin. Children are often affected more than adults because:-
a) They cannot resist touching cute animals.
b) They don’t wash their hands as much as they should.
They touch the animal and then they touch their skin and soon after redness, and lumps appear. Although it’s not only the skin that can suffer; other symptoms are similar to a cold, such as wheezing, coughing and a blocked nose.
Coping with an allergic reaction to cats
If you have an allergic reaction to cats it is advised that you do not get yourself a little fluffy kitten, but if you already own one and can’t stand to give it up, there are some steps you can take.
- Firstly try to limit the contact you have with the cat
- Wash your hands often and especially after you have had contact with the cat or the area the cat sits.
- Ban cats from the bedroom
- Steam clean carpets often or replace with wood flooring.
- Get someone to brush the cat outdoors
- Follow a skin allergy treatment regime
Dealing with symptoms of an allergic skin reaction
Syrinx ZA has a range of products that contain Sapropel which has been tried and tested to reduce the symptoms of a skin allergy. Some people can just get away with using the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar which deep cleans the skin to remove all traces of toxins. Others might need the added protection of the Allergic Skin Revitaliser to give a 24 hour protection to prevent and protect against the allergic reaction to cats.
Read here for a full detailed treatment regime for pet allergies.