Almost 62% of U.S. households have pets. Unfortunately, millions of pet owners have a pet allergy to their own animals. This can create difficulty towards your beloved pets, but there are treatments that can be made to tolerate pet allergies.
What Causes a Pet Allergy?
An allergic reaction can happen because of the proteins found in a pet’s dander, skin flakes, saliva, and urine. Pet hair and fur can also collect pollen and mold spores. Even if an animal is not around, humans can also carry pet allergens on their clothing. Allergens also get into the air when an animal is groomed or petted.
People’s immune system overreacts in people with allergies, and the immune system is triggered by an allergen, which is a normally harmless substance. Sniffling, sneezing, itchiness and watery eyes may be some of the symptoms of the allergy response. There can also be skin type symptoms, including hives, eczema, and itchy skin. The immune system for people with pet allergies is generally over-sensitive, leading to the common symptoms of pet allergies.
There are no “hypoallergenic breeds” of dogs or cats, contrary to popular opinion. Another common myth is cats and dogs length of hair being affected by allergic dander, or by the amount of shedding.
What treatments are there for pet allergies?
The best treatment for a pet allergy is to just simply not being around cats and dogs. If you have a pet in your household, try to avoid contact with the animal. Try to also avoid homes which have animals. If you don’t want to go down the route of avoiding pets in general, the alternative solution is medicine. Standard allergy drugs include antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal steroids. Washing your pet weekly may also alleviate the effects of airborne allergens, but symptoms may still happen after this process.