What triggers pet allergies?
People with pet allergies have oversensitive immune systems which react to proteins — or allergens — in an animal’s urine, saliva, or dander (skin flakes). Pets allergens collect on furniture and other surfaces. Pet hair itself is not an allergen. And there are no hypoallergenic animals, not even hairless ones.1
What causes an allergic response?
An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees a substance as harmful and overreacts to it. The symptoms that result are an allergic reaction. The substances that cause allergic reactions are allergens. Allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, or an itchy nose.3
What’s the story on allergies to cats?
Allergies to cats are twice as common as allergies to dogs and can range from very mild to very severe. depending on an individual's sensitivity and the level of exposure to allergens. Those variables may also influence how quickly symptoms develop after exposure. An allergist can provide you with the diagnosis and treatment.4
How can we cope with allergies to dogs?
All dogs produce allergens; studies have not shown that dogs can be hypoallergenic (not cause allergy). Dogs produce multiple allergens, or proteins that can cause allergy. Avoidance is the best way to manage a dog allergy. If you have a dog and are allergic to dogs, consider removing the dog from the home.4
An action plan for fighting pet allergies.
The best treatment is to avoid contact with cats or dogs or the areas where they live. Keep pets out of your home, if you still want to keep your pet, there may be some strategies to reduce exposure:
Washing the pet every week may reduce airborne allergens.1
If you must have carpet, select one with a low pile and steam clean it frequently.1
Use high-efficiency filters.2
Have someone without a pet allergy brush the pet outside to remove dander as well as clean the litter box or cage.1
Remove your pet from the bedroom.1
Wash your hands with soap and water.4
Keep surfaces throughout the home clean and uncluttered.1
Wear a dust mask to vacuum.1
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2. Myoclinic, Pet allergy, Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pet-allergy/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352198 ;last accessed:29/3/2022.
3. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, What are the symptoms, Available at: (https://www.aafa.org/pet-dog-cat-allergies/) , last accessed:29/3/2022.
4. Find an allergist, Pet Allergy, available at; https://acaai.org/allergies/allergic-conditions/pet-allergies/ ; last accessed:29/3/2022.
5. Ministry of Health. Telfast approved leaflet, approval date 29/11/2018.
6. Seidman MD, Gurgel RK, Lin SY, et al. Clinical practice guideline: allergic rhinitis. Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery. 2015 Feb;152(1_suppl):S1-43.
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