Pet Allergy Symptoms

Pet Allergy Symptoms. Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Cat Dander, Dog Dander, & Basic Pet Dander Control.

Dogs and cats make great pets and members of the family. But what if you're allergic to both? If you're an animal lover it can be difficult dealing with an animal allergy. You love them but walk away feeling tired. Your nose runs, your eyes water and you start sneezing and wheezing. More than likely you have an allergy to pet dander 

What Is Pet Dander?

It's not the cat or dog hair that's the problem. It's the protein on their skin and the amount varies in the animal. It's this protein that attaches itself to the dander that finds its way onto the floor and furniture of your home. Studies also indicate that it doesn't matter the kind of dog or cat.

Almost all animals will leave behind a trail of dander, saliva, and urine. People with a dander allergy will normally have over-sensitive or over- stimulated immune systems.

Pet Allergy Symptoms

These allergens are thought of by the person's body as an invader and will do anything it can to relieve itself of the attacker. It's probably not that your friend hates your pet. It's just coughing and sneezing are the body's way to get rid of the allergen.

Allergy symptoms in children and the elderly can be more severe due to lessened or compromised immune systems. This is what causes your pet dander allergy symptoms. 

Common pet dander and allergies are not unlike other kinds of environmental allergies. They can include:

  • Coughing
  • Itchy and/or runny nose 
  • Red, itchy, swollen eyes 
  • Skin irritation
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing

Your doctor might prescribe antihistamines or a decongestant. You can also use a home remedy such as a Neti Pot or nasal irrigation to remove allergens from your nasal cavity.

The best way to have some relief for your pet dander allergy is to reduce or avoid contact with animals like dogs and cats. You can:

  • Avoid going to homes with animals. You can be polite and ask the homeowner to put the animal in another room while you're there.
  • Nasal irrigation
  • Remember that your friends with dogs and/or cats will also bring dander into your house
  • Stay away from dogs and cats as best you can. Don't pet or touch them. 
  • Use prescribed medication
  • Wash your clothes immediately after contact with an animal
  • Wash your hands and keep them away from your face

If you find out you have pet dander allergy symptoms but still want to keep them, here are a few things you can do to decrease your symptoms: 

  • Keep the dog or cat out of your bedroom and restrict its movement through the house
  • Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaner or a pet dander air purifier and run it continuously. Change the filter often. You can't clean dirty air with a dirty filter.
  • Use a HEPA high-efficiency vacuum cleaner often
  • Giving your dog or cat (good luck) a bath once a week
  • Brush them often
  • Clean furniture, ceiling fans, hard-wood floors, and counters often with a damp rag

If you think you have pet allergy symptoms or an intolerance it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.  

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