Pets make wonderful companions and can enhance our lives in many ways. Unfortunately, some find that exposure to animals like cats triggers sneezing, watering eyes, and itching. Medications can suppress these symptoms temporarily. If you want a natural, long-term way to stop your allergy symptoms, a naturopathic physican like Dr. Cutler can help.
The human body has an immune system that keeps us healthy by fighting bacteria, viruses, and other threats. Sometimes, however, the immune system identifies a harmless substance as dangerous. This is called an allergic reaction. If you have an allergy to cats, breathing in airborne cat dander causes defensive cells to attack the invader with chemicals like histamine that cause swelling, itching, sneezing, and watery eyes. These symptoms may force you to avoid cats and people who have regular exposure to cats.
If your body overreacts when exposed to cat dander, a naturopathic doctor can help you with a customized treatment plan. Dr. Cutler will conduct thorough testing to determine whether you have other allergies in addition to cats, your nutritional health, and other factors. Treatment of allergies focuses on two strategies:
You may not realize all the ways you can be exposed to your allergen. Even with no cats in sight, you can react to cat dander left on surfaces or another person’s clothing. While you may be unable to avoid all exposures, steps like avoiding physical contact with cat-exposed objects or people can help. Dr. Cutler may also recommend air purification for your home, work area, and wherever you spend time indoors. Taking off your shoes when entering the house can prevent people from bringing in allergens from outside.
For the times when you cannot avoid exposure, naturopathic treatment can decrease the overreaction from your immune systems to relieve your symptoms. Allergy symptoms often result from inflammation caused by the body’s attempts to eliminate the invader. Calming this inflammatory reaction eases symptoms. Nutritional supplements and homeopathic treatments can effectively alleviate the immune response.
A conventional medical doctor will usually recommend medications such as antihistamines for your allergies. While these medications suppress your symptoms, they can have unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, you can manage your allergy symptoms without drugs. Naturopathic physicians manage cat allergies naturally, so you achieve symptom relief without side effects. Managing your allergies may even improve your overall health and wellness.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers to learn more about allergy treatment. Call us at (248) 663-0165 today! Cutler Integrative Medicine is dedicated to your health and well-being.
Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare. Dr. Doug Cutler is a nationally renowned expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. His ClubIV™ is one of the most extensive IV Nutrient Clinics in the country.