New research into cat allergy and the recent arrival of Cat Allergy Desensitisation Drops promise relief from the debilitating symptoms that come with this common allergy.
When a cat licks itself, it spreads saliva, skin cells and hormones on to its fur. Then, when the hair falls out, it transfers the protein responsible for allergic reactions in humans onto sofas, rugs, tabletops and even the air. It also gets stuck to people's clothes and shoes, and is tracked all over.
This allergen, Feld1, in the skin and hair of cats is one of the most difficult airborne allergens to eliminate. Even when a cat no longer lives there, its allergen can float about for years after it has left its home.
The protein in the cat's dander reacts with a common environmental bacterial toxin known as lipopolysaccharides, or LPS. When these two contaminates combine, they activate an immune receptor in humans called TLR 4. That's when we begin to sneeze. Cat allergy attacks range from sneezing, coughing, tightness of chest and wheezing to hives or a rash on the chest and face. Red, itchy eyes is another common consequence of cat allergies. These symptoms usually get worse after touching a cat or after you have entered a room where a cat is, or has been, present.
Scientists now know that a cure for cat allergy will involve blocking this protein from reacting with the immune system.
Adiga Life Sciences, a biomedical research firm based in Alberta USA has announced that they have reached a breakthrough in their quest for a cat allergy vaccine. Early trials were successful and Adiga has begun fine-tuning the dosage of the vaccine.
While this is very exciting news indeed, it could still take 10 to 20 years for this kind of product to pass through the trials and regulation necessary to enter the marketplace.
Meanwhile in Britain researchers at Cambridge University who located the protein in cat dander that triggers an allergic reaction say their cat allergy research may be able to deliver a cure, as either a pill or through an inhaler, within the next five years. “This is the first time we have discovered the process that leads to the allergic reaction, “Dr. Clare Bryant, lead author of the cat allergy research study, said “It opens up a whole new type of drug to treat it.”
Until these drugs become available, cat allergics must struggle to avoid friends and family who own a cat or face the heartbreaking prospect of having to re-house their own beloved pet.
However some new Cat Allergy Desensitization Drops have recently come onto the market to offer a natural alternative. Created In association with The British Institute for Allergy and Environmental Therapy, the Drops work on the same homeopathic principle of treating like with like as already hugely successful Hayfever Desensitization Drops.
This Homeopathic Sublingual Immunotherapy, as it is known, involves taking tiny, dilute doses of cat allergen under the tongue over a period of time. This helps the body get used to the allergen and stop it seeing cats as the enemy and reacting with the symptoms of allergy. How long desensitisation takes depends on the individual, but most users report a reduction in the severity of symptoms within a couple of weeks.
Cat Allergy Desensitization Drops are all-natural, suitable for adults and children over 3 and if you're desperate to keep your cat, could be well worth a try.