Pet and Animal Allergies
The majority of animal allergies are from cats and dogs, and cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. Many people think that a pet’s hair is what causes their allergic symptoms. But in reality, when allergic to an animal, you are reacting to a protein that’s found in the pet’s urine, dander or saliva. When a pet sheds, the hair can be spreading this protein all around your living space, making the allergic reaction more pronounced. While some people may react less to certain breeds of dogs or cats, no animal is truly hypoallergenic.
When the allergen is inhaled, typical symptoms are sneezing and an itchy, runny nose. A lick from the pet on the skin may cause red skin or hives. When you have the allergen on your hands and touch your eyes, you can have a very itchy, inflamed eye area. Those who are very sensitive might begin coughing or wheezing, and those who have asthma are at risk of having an asthma attack.
At Bluegrass Allergy Care, we strive to keep your pets with you and your family. There are environmental control measures, medications and specific therapies that can improve and control your symptoms while allowing you to keep your family pet. Call us today to schedule an appointment.