Many people cannot imagine life without cats. But people who suffer from cat allergies don’t always view these creatures with affection. Pet allergies are widespread. In the United States, 10 percent of the population deals with pet allergies, of which cat allergies are the most common. Coughing, hives, red eyes, a runny nose and sneezing are symptoms of cat allergies. Thankfully, the allergies can be treated naturally.
Cough Suppression and Nasal Relief
Eucalyptus is an excellent natural allergy tonic. It efficiently soothes coughs and alleviates nasal congestion. It is also used as an antiseptic on cat scratches. Red clover, alfalfa, apple cider vinegar and licorice root work well in treating coughs, runny noses, itchy eyes and congestion.
Relief From Itching
Vitamin C, fish oil, flax seed, evening primrose oil, oatmeal-based soaps and shampoos, witch hazel and aloe vera gel have been used to arrest and relieve itching resulting from allergies.
Air Purifiers and Soaps
A room air purifier can be extremely helpful when dealing with cat allergies. Keep cats off furniture and bathe cats with allergy relief shampoos. Special allergy-treatment laundry detergents and soaps are available and useful.
Alternative cat-allergy remedies include energy-based allergy elimination, holistic care, acupuncture, herbology, yoga poses and naturopathy. As more people adopt a natural lifestyle, these nontraditional treatments are becoming more common.
Vacuum cleaners can really help reduce allergy sufferers’ symptoms. Look for those with a HEPA filter.
It is especially important to keep cats off beds. Allergy bedding covers are available for mattresses, pillows and duvets. They are easy to launder and zip on and off.