Allergy & Sensitivity Allergy To Cats

Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Allergy To Cats is

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What does this mean?

 Your genotype shows that you have higher risk for allergy to cats.

How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?

This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Allergy To Cats.

These are the genes tested for Allergy To Cats:

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Limitations

This report does not diagnose any health conditions or provide medical advice. This should not be used as a diagnostic tool.
This result is limited to existing scientific research.
Please consult with a healthcare professional before making any major lifestyle changes or if you have any other concerns about your results.

What is Allergy To Cats?

Allergy to cats can either pose a minor inconvenience or major risk to human health. It is often characterised by breathing difficulties and irritations to the respiratory pathway. Since cats are common household pets, people often come in contact with cat allergens that can be easily found in their saliva and urine. However, cat allergens are quite ubiquitous, so even people who do not have cats at home can still have cat allergen in their house. Cat allergens are very small and can be carried on clothes, circulated in the air, settled in furniture and bedding, and stays behind in the environment carried on dust particles. Our bodies mistake harmless things, like cat dander, for foreign components, and attack them. The symptoms of an allergy are the body's response towards the allergen. They can range from mild to severe, depending on an individual's sensitivity and the level of exposure to allergens. Those variables may also influence how quickly symptoms develop after exposure, which may occur within minutes or hours upon contact. Highly sensitive people can develop symptoms, including breathing problems or a rash, within minutes of touching a cat or entering a house with a cat. People with asthma are more prone to developing allergy flare-ups and attacks. Some people may also develop a rash or hives after being scratched by a cat.

How It Affects Your Body

An allergy is how the body reacts when coming into contact with foreign substances such as cat allergens. The common symptom observed is typically swelling around the infected area, causing inflammation.

Signs and Symptoms

Suggested Lifestyle Changes

Dietary Recommendations:

  1. Taking probiotic foods such as yogurt, kimchi, tempeh and pickles can help to prevent allergies by keeping your gut healthy.
  2. Pineapples contain an enzyme that can reduce irritations, typically in asthma.
  3. To reduce the risk of inflammation, eat foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, mackerel and salmon.
  4. Add onions, peppers and parsley to your diet to reduce your body's release of histamine (a chemical that causes many allergy symptoms).
  5. Cocoa and its derived products have anti-inflammatory activities that can help with allergic reactions.
  6. Ginger is known for its antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties which is useful in preventing and treating allergic reactions.

Lifestyle Recommendations:

  1. After petting a cat, be sure to wash your hands with soap and use a dust roller to remove fur from your clothes and hands.
  2. Seek for immediate medical attention when signs and symptoms of allergy are observed.
  3. Clean and vacuum rugs, carpets, furniture, and floors on a regular basis to reduce accumulations of cat shedding.
  4. Avoid close contact with cats if you are known to develop allergic reactions with cats in past events.
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