Allergic reactions are serious business and can be life-threatening. Unfortunately, a significant number of people out there are allergic to cats. Some adopt one only to find that their children begin sneezing and wheezing. Taking antihistamines on a daily basis makes them less effective over time and makes your allergies worse overall. Allergy shots are similar; plus, they are a huge pain (literally). It's heartbreaking to bring home a new pet, supply him with cat toys, and set up a room for him only to find out that allergies have taken control of your life. There is hope though.
This is a holistic form of therapy developed by acupuncturist and chiropractor Devi Nambudripad of California. It is a blend of kinesiology, chiropractic methods, acupressure, acupuncture, and nutritional management. NAET helps individuals determine which part of the cat they are allergic to: hair, saliva, urine, etc. Several testimonials contain glowing reviews of this type of alternative medicine. In particular, it has helped people who have not responded well to other treatments. Hopefully more studies about NAET will continue to be released. Until then, it is certainly worthwhile especially when you have exhausted most other options.
NAET is refreshing because:
- It is non-invasive.
- It requires no drugs.
- It takes an average of six treatments to entirely rid someone of a cat allergy.
If you're a huge fan of rag doll kittens, NAET could help you give them a loving home. As with any treatment, you should do further research. Some doctors find NAET's claims questionable, while others have benefited greatly from it. Discuss options with your doctor, and learn more about your options to make an informed decision.
Little known fact: megadoses of vitamin C can work like antihistamines. The latter are often expensive and require you to scale up the dosage. Based on an Arizona State University study from 1992, if you take two grams of vitamin C daily regularly, you can reduce blood histamine levels by nearly 40%. The best part about this treatment is that the more you take, the more it builds up in your system. This means you can even skip taking it and still reap its antihistamine effects. Conversely, if you need immediate allergic relief, you'll want to use something fast-acting like diphenhydramine. Vitamin C doesn't change blood histamine levels for at least four hours after being ingested.
If you decide to go this route, stick to two grams a day and only increase your dose gradually. Taking too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea. If you have a particularly bad reaction, quit using it immediately. What people often do not realize is that excessive amounts of histamine are released in response to different stresses on the body. It is not good for your body to be in this heightened panic mode for extended periods of time. In addition to these choices, there are also cat grooming products out there that reduce the presence of dander.
Have you been able to conquer your cat allergies? How so?