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Anyone have ideas for curing / reducing cat allergies?

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posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 10:37 PM
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Please don't tell me to take benedryl. I've tried EVERY conventional approach to allergy treatment there is. I have severe cat allergies that can cause aniphylaxis. So I was wondering if any of you have experience or knowledge of lesser known treatments or ways to combat this particular allergy.

I've read that it is actually caused by a protein in the cat's saliva. Does anyone have the knowledge to verify this? Also, I read about NAET treatment. Does anyone have experience with that treatment, and if so, what were your results?

Thanks!



[if this is in the wrong section, then please move - wasn't exactly sure]




posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 10:42 PM
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Move to China, not many cats left there..

But seriously, I know a few who suffer from cats and none have found a good cure..I'd also like to hear if there is one..



posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 10:44 PM
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cats are extremely allergic to the lead contained in shot gun shells
usually one application will cure them from affecting humans in their vicinity...


here are some inexpensive herbal treatments...
unless you live in Oz where dried herbs are illegal
www.ehow.com...

PS My go to is horse radish
the stronger the better,
quarter teaspoon four times day for about two weeks
then a few times a week.

[edit on 27-8-2010 by Danbones]



posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 10:47 PM
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Perhaps some of those ionizers or deionizers, and fancy air circulating devices, jawns. Honestly I don't know what they're called. I will look...

and here it is

maybe that'll help? I'm sorry you have this problem.



posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 10:56 PM
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i saw this on TV: a guy had allergies to the point of suicidal tendencies, his aunt told him to infect himself with a parasite call a "hookworm." he did and his allergies are kept at bay. is infecting yourself with a parasite for some allergy relief? he thought so and even started his own helpline for those suffering from bad allergies.

so, hookworm, good for allergies bad for you. might be worth the risk.



posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 10:57 PM
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I'm just going to say. Keep away from cats!
Cats can be cool. And some can be really psycho.

That is their nature.

Um, haven't I seen some sort of thread on ATS like this in the recent past?

Meanwhile, move! Or just get rid of the cats.

Or, just killem alll! Just saying............

disclaimer: No, I don't now, or in the past support killing cats, just cuz some might think they need a good killin.



posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 11:05 PM
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Cool thanks! Some interesting ideas so far. I'll try the horseradish. I don't know about hookworm lol.

Well it's not like I have a cat - that would quite literally kill me. I am probably the most allergic person on the planet to the creatures, and I do think they should all be banished to the outdoors where they belong.

Problem - 1. Dating. I swear 75% of girls have cats. And they all like their cats better than anything on earth. 2. Socializing. I like getting together with friends and having beers at their places. Problem - they have cats. When you are allergic to them you realize that they are everywhere. lame. 3. Even when I do sales work I come across work places with cats. I count down in my head my exposure time while trying to get people to buy stuff. That is a little crazy.

I did find that acupuncture had a small but noticeable effect on them but wasn't precise enough or strong enough in targeting the particular allergy.

Anyone that has more ideas, I'll keep checking back here.



posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 11:08 PM
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Originally posted by Danbones

unless you live in Oz where dried herbs are illegal


?

I was just in the Happy High Herbs store like two weeks ago. Sure ya cant buy the likes of cannibas or ayahuasca but I wasnt aware of our herb restrictions being any worse here than in the other western nations.


OP, not many people would go for this but if your already into meditation then perhaps you can try a different approach than the physical. There is nothing to loose except a little time. In a mind over matter way, the body being a projection of the mind, most ailments can be cured using thought believe it or not. The placebo effect is just the very beginnings of the power of this. I wouldnt bother with so called "healers" especially not if they charge any money. The healing is actually done by the self, another can only aid you to heal yourself.
If you figure out how to solve this physical problem using only the mind, you will have gained an ability you can use for many other things and understanding that will help you for the rest of your life.






[edit on 27-8-2010 by polarwarrior]



posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 11:14 PM
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You could always try benedryl!



posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 11:52 PM
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Give your cat a bath and vacuum your carpets and drapes. It is the cat dandruff that most people are allergic to.



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 12:03 AM
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Firstly, I'd like to ask if you don't want to benadrly because of the lethargy and sedation. If so, I use Claratin and I never feel drowsy.

However you should also know, that aside from dandruff, many people are actually allergic to a protein in feline saliva. This would be very hard to avoid, seeing as how most cats are frequently grooming.



[edit on 28-8-2010 by captainbitter]



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 12:11 AM
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Get rid of all cats, do not come into contact with cats and your allergy will be cured.. Instantly.

I tried the same thing with my allergy to bee stings, I stayed away from the bees and I did not get stung, and I have not had an allergic reaction since.

Hope this helps.



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 12:22 AM
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The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.

What you are allergic to is cat Dander. Dander is not actually dandruff as most believe, but is as you mentioned from the dried salvia that is left behind when cats lick themselves to clean. The Protein you are referring to is called Fel-D1 which is present in the hair follicles and is spread by the licking, then dries and flakes off. Fel-D1 is also found in cat urine.

The best thing you can do is to keep your cat groomed and the environment clean as possible. Wash the cat weekly, dump the litter try regularly, vacuum up cat fur, keep the cat out of areas you place your head near (like pillows), wash your hands after handling the cat, use heppa air filters, etc.

As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 02:01 AM
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There's an air purifying machine called the Rainbow. What it does, is suck air into the machine like a sweeper, scrubs the air, and traps the pollutants and irritants in water. What comes out the vents is clean air. You can also clean your house with them. I want one, myself but they're expensive.

Here's the link:

www.rainbowsystem.com...

[edit on 28-8-2010 by Skid Mark]



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 02:12 AM
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I would suggest asking around for a Homeopath in your area. I've got a friend who practices homeopathy....and I have to admit I was very skeptical at first...but she has cured me and my kids of many ailments, major and minor. It's gotten to the point where my kids prefer talking to her over seeing a "regular" doctor when they have an illness or infection. I mentioned allergies to her once and she said she has a good success rate for treating them.

So, give it a try.



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 02:25 AM
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Keep yourself around the cat. Over a short period of time you will become non-allergic.

I've had the same problem, but after awhile, you will adjust and not be sensitive to cat dander. Yeah, it's rough at first, but I promise you (maybe), you will adjust and be better off.

If it takes more than a month, then you probably really are allergic to cats.

They initially are a bit difficult to get used to.

Good luck.



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 02:34 AM
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If you're allergic to anything 'feline', you only have a few options.
Removing the offense is one.
If that's not an option, perhaps keeping the area (and animal) clean is another.
There is the possiblility that you can acclimate yourself to the animal however that should be done through gradual means. I would actually suggest that bathing / grooming the animal vigilantly is not what you should do since you actually need to be exposed to the allergens in order to acclimate. Over time, you may find youself desensitized.
And then there's the antihistimines, which I would try to avoid if possible. They tend to make me drowsy for about 30 minutes and then I wired for 6-8 hours.
HEPA filters and such in the air conditioner / heater may help keep things out of the air but in general, your only ability to avoid an allergic reaction is to avoid what causes the reaction.



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 04:14 AM
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I think the OP said they don't own a cat, which would seem like an obvious assumption.

So are they to wash every cat in the street??



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 04:21 AM
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allergies are to do with the immune system. this is what has helped with mine, i can't recommend them enough- www.scribd.com...



posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 04:22 AM
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Wear a t-shirt that says, "I'm Armed and Will Shoot Your Cat or Any Cat on Site." I'm EXTREMELY Allergic so it will be Self Defense!" Then watch all the girls with cats run away from you. The ones without cats or that can't read will be your new dating pool.

Just a funny suggestion.

Other than that, I wonder if you would get in trouble with tazing any cat that approached you? It sounds funny and would probably work on the cat, but I believe many cat owners would be upset.

[edit on 28-8-2010 by orionthehunter]



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