Understand how pet dander might be aggravating your allergies and learn how you can control these reactions.
62% of homes in the US alone have pets with more than 161 million of these being cats and dogs. Pet owners will vouch for the fact that these furry friends become like family members over time and once they’re welcomed into a home, trying to find them another place to stay, for any reason, can be heartbreaking. Several pet owners get a pet only to realize that they or their family members have allergies that are aggravated by the pet, but don’t be displeased because there are several ways to keep your furry friend and control these allergic reactions.
The proteins that are contained in pet dander, skin, saliva and urine are most likely to cause allergic reactions. Folks with asthma often find that their breathing allergies are aggravated when there is a pet in the house. In addition to this, the possibility of pet hair collecting pollen, mold spores and other outdoor allergens is high.
An allergen is a harmless element that triggers the immune system to overreact in people with allergies. Sniffling, sneezing, wheezing, itching, and watery eyes are common outcomes of such allergens. Many proclaim that there are “hypoallergenic breeds” of cats and dogs that don’t affect allergies but this is not true. The fur length and amount of shedding are not components of what can influence an allergy.
If you or a family member have allergic reactions to pet dander, it is not necessary to get rid of your pet. The first step to coming to a solution lies in consulting an allergist or immunologist who specializes in detecting allergic symptoms accurately. Once they conclude what exactly you are allergic to, they can prepare a treatment plan to help manage your symptoms.
The allergic symptoms usually appear shortly after exposure to the animal. These symptoms can hang around for a while after the animal is gone too because the dander remains in the air, furniture or clothing. The most common symptoms are:
If someone is already asthmatic, the chances of pets causing wheezing and difficulty in breathing is more likely.
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