Pet allergies are extremely common. In the United States, more than 60% of pet owners experience difficulties with itchy or inflamed eyes, stuffy nose, and/or irritated skin around their animals. However, there are a variety of treatments available to help those who are suffering from pet allergies so they can still enjoy the company of their furry friend.
Symptoms of a pet allergy are not much different from symptoms of other allergic reactions. These may include:
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Itchy skin
Pet allergies are typically caused by household animals like cats or dogs. The allergens are found in their saliva, urine, and on their fur coat. Cats show higher levels of allergens than dogs, but even hypoallergenic breeds can cause allergy symptoms to flare up.
Even when animals are not present, someone with pet allergies can experience difficulties when out and about. This is because it is not uncommon for pet owners to carry their pet’s fur on their clothing, shoes, or other belongings. Without treatment, it can feel like there is no escape from pet allergies.
The best solution for anyone that is allergic to pets is to simply stay away from cats and dogs. Although, for those who cannot avoid household pets, medication can be an alternative. Antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal steroids have become standard treatments. Allergy shots are another option to build tolerance to pet allergens! Even with medication, it is important to wash and brush pets weekly to reduce the effects of pet-sourced allergens.
If you or your child are suffering from a pet allergy, Contact Northeast Allergy, Asthma & Immunology today to find the best possible treatment plan.