What is a Pet Allergy
A pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in animal’s skin, hair, fur, dander, saliva, sweat and urine. The most common pet allergies are from cats, dogs, horses and rodents.
Common Symptoms of a Pet Allergy
Below are some of the most common symptoms of an allergic reaction to a pet.
post nasal drip
Diagnosis and Treatment
An allergist can diagnose a pet allergy by the symptoms being experienced, and looking at the nasal passages. An allergy test will also help to decide on the best form of treatment. Blood testing can also be performed to determine a pet allergy.
The best treatment for a pet allergy is avoidance. However, complete avoidance is next to impossible because people may carry pet allergens on clothing or in their homes. Avoiding the animal you are allergic to will lower the occurrence of allergic reactions and make them less severe as time goes by. When a pet allergy can’t be avoided, doctors may prescribe allergy medications like antihistamines, corticosteroids and/or decongestants to help combat the symptoms. Another option to treat pet allergies is immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a long term treatment option for pet allergies.