When Your Pet Makes You Sneeze!
Allergies to dogs and cats are very common, affecting as many as three in 10 people in the U.S. Pet allergies are often seen in people who have other allergies or asthma.(1) Symptoms of pet allergies include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, red, or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure and pain
- Frequent awakening
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
- In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose (2)
A physician may suspect a pet allergy from a patient’s description of symptoms and an examination of the nose. A pet allergy often results in the swelling of the nasal passage. Skin tests, using purified allergen extracts, determine what a person is allergic to.(2)
Antihistamines may be used to relieve allergy symptoms but are not considered ideal for long-term treatment. “Allergy shots have a proven track record as an effective form of long-term treatment,” according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.(3)
Common-sense precautions can help, too. A prominent medical school provides these tips:
- Keep pets out of your bedroom. Your bedding can become a trap for allergens that are difficult to dislodge.
- Use a HEPA air filter in your home at all times.
- Give your pet a weekly bath to reduce the allergen count. If bathing is out of the question, try wiping your pet with fragrance-free hypoallergenic baby wipes.
- After handling your pet, don't touch your eyes, and be sure to wash your hands immediately afterward.
- Don't keep rodents as pets. They give off highly potent allergens.
- Vacuuming is effective for animal dander only if you use a HEPA filter or a double bag.
- Get rid of your carpets—they can be reservoirs for allergens. Use washable area rugs.
- Wash your pet's bedding.(4)
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(1) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Pet Allergy: Are You Allergic to Dogs or Cats? https://www.aafa.org.
(2) Mayo Clinic, Pet Allergy, https://www.mayoclinic.org
(3) American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Pet Allergy and Treatment, https://www.aaaai.org
(4) Harvard Health Publishing, Tips to Control Pet Allergies, from Harvard Medical School, https://www.health.harvard.edu