Cat Making You Sneeze? Get Help From an Allergist

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People who are allergic to cats are usually allergic to pollen, mold or other common triggers. Getting all your allergies under control will make it easier to live with your cat. Make that the focus of your work with your allergist.

Of course, you’ll start with allergy testing, and then you’ll discuss medication, immunotherapy (commonly known as “allergy shots”) and environmental and dietary changes. Your allergist will be far more tolerant of your determination to keep your cat if you show your willingness to control your other allergies.

Once you have your allergist’s advice, put it into action. Don’t skip those shots, and take your medication as prescribed. And keep a diary to track symptoms. It will help you and your allergist work together to fine-tune your care. Yes, that means follow-up: See your allergist at prescribed intervals to discuss problems and progress.

As a doctor, I can tell you there’s nothing like working with someone who really wants to see things improve. If you partner with your allergist for your own good health, you’ll find your doctor will more than likely be delighted to give up on her “get rid of your cat” tendencies — because your allergies will be so much better, along with your life with your cat.

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