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sep0206
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   Posted 7/22/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
My boyfriend claims he's allergic to my cat, but his only symptom is getting itchy bumps on his scalp. Could this really be a cat allergy? Any suggestions to help him relieve this? He is moving in with me next week and I am currently working on cleaning my house very thoroughly, installing allergen free bedding, and will probably keep the bedroom cat-free. Also thinking about an air-purifier... but reluctant to invest a lot of money if it won't help.
 
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   Posted 7/23/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess that can be a symptom of a cat allergy. There is no one rule as to how someone responds to an allergen. My hubby is allergic to cats and at first his only allergic reaction was a scratchy throat. Then he started getting red bumps on his neck and that progressed to full out allergic reactions such as red watery eyes, sneezing, etc. So your bf can be having an allergic reaction. Other then him going on anti-histamines there is not much one can do about a cat allergy. You can have the cleanest, most sterile house around and it still won't be enough - sure it will help but it won't stop the allergy especially if he is very sensitive. People who are allergic are allergic to 2 things on the cat - it's dander and it's saliva. You can help with the dander by bathing your cat frequently with special shampoo or even take it in to be shaved (not wise if it's an outside cat) but the cat is still going to clean itself which means that it's saliva is still going to be on it's fur.
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sep0206
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   Posted 7/23/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response. I'm not sure yet how badly allergic he is, I guess we will find out. Getting rid of my cat is my absolute last resort. I don't want my bf to be uncomfortable, but I love my cat too much to give her up.

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   Posted 7/23/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh I know! I had my cat for 11 years when my hubby started getting allergic to her. There was no way I was going to get rid of her so we kept her confined to one room. Of course I made sure she didn't want for anything and I would hang out in that room for her. So that was sort of a compromise situation. I hated doing it but I didn't want to get rid of her either. I no longer have her, she has since died but I still miss her and I wish I could have another cat. :(
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ericajones80
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   Posted 7/23/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
that's a tough situation. If he does have a cat allergy, you could just keep the cat in one room like was said before.
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   Posted 7/27/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Would he be willing to go to an allergist and get tested to see if the red bumps on his scalp are really the result of a cat allergy? That seems like an odd allergic response, but I'm not a doctor of course. I personally get wheezy, itchy eyes, runny/stuffy nose and I get raised itchy red bumps on my skin (mild hives, I guess) if my cat scratches me.
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lgreen35
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   Posted 9/11/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
hello all,
I don't think it is an allergy to the cat, with those symptoms. I bet if you asked him to try changing shampoo or whatever his hair care products are----it may go away. If he gets it only at your house and near the cat, I guess that is a different story.


I would be sure to get an air cleaner and you can check out this site-----air purifier

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   Posted 9/11/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree about him going to an allergist & being tested.............

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