Today, I am leaving my father’s home in Châtel-Guyon to travel to Lyon by train before returning to Bangkok on the 8th May. Each time I visit him, it is a bit of a challenge for me as he has 2 cats and one dog, and I have cat allergies. I didn’t bring with me any medication on the first day I arrive, and within one hour I was sneezing, had red and itchy eyes, and got a runny, itchy and stuffy nose.
I thought at first that I wouldn’t need any medication because I am usually not in contact with cats in Bangkok. This episode reminded me on how hard it can be on my body. I had to go to the pharmacy to buy 2 boxes of “Cetirizine”. The medication is a pill per day, every day I am in contact with the animals or the place where the animals live. I do not like taking medication, but there was no other way for me if I wanted to stay.
As a child, I had at around 12 years old an allergy to pollens that was treated by acupuncture and homoeopathy. It really worked great and I am not allergic to pollens even today. The cat allergies and dust allergies came later on, the first one being the most violent even without touching the animal and can knock me down very rapidly.
So, today, as I am living the place where these kind animals are kings, I feel better…
What Causes Cat Allergies?
About 10% of the U.S. population has pet allergies and cats are among the most common culprits.Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. But contrary to what you might think, it’s not the fur or hair that’s the real problem. People with cat allergies are really allergic to proteins in the cat’s saliva, urine, and dander (dried flakes of skin).
How do these tiny proteins cause such a big allergic reaction in the body? People with allergies have oversensitive immune systems.