All about pet dogs and dog allergy

All about pet dogs and dog allergy

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, or AAAAI, estimates that about 10 million pet owners or pet owners in the United States are allergic to animal fur.

More and more households in the country are adopting or sheltering a pet dog, considered man’s best friend since the time of ancient civilization.

Dogs are dogs that are perceived as intelligent and trainable among all other animals. We see dogs everywhere, in movies, cartoons, on TV (remember Lassie?) and even in high security areas like malls. In the latter case, dogs are trained to sniff out bombs, drugs and other illegal substances in the surrounding area.

It’s a dog-eat-dog world, and it might even be true if you’re allergic to dogs.

Dog and Cat Allergies Similarities and Contrasts

However, there are more reported or diagnosed cases of cat allergies than dog allergies worldwide because cats are more likely to spread their dander through their habitual and constant grooming or bathing by rubbing saliva all over their bodies.

Dog allergy can be found in people with specific allergies to dog fur and those who have a history of asthma. Asthma is another reaction triggered by exposure to allergens or allergy-causing substances.

Modern science and recent findings show that people who were exposed to cats and dogs as babies are not likely to develop allergies to cats or dogs. This is because their immune systems will become accustomed to the dander of both animals at an early stage.

Also keep in mind that people who develop an allergy to cats or dogs grew up in households where there were no cats or dogs around. Start asking now, or perhaps start by looking at yourself or someone you know. The assumption is correct, right?

Symptoms of dog allergy

Just like any other form of allergy, the symptoms or manifestation of dog allergy include wheezing, coughing, itching and/or watery or watery eyes and constant sneezing.

Severe dog allergy attacks can be indicated by difficulty breathing, which is similar to a severe asthma attack. If left untreated, a person’s life can be in danger.

But remember that treatments for asthma and other allergies, including dog allergy, are only treatments or relievers. They are not intended to and cannot provide a long-term cure.

Allergies are not cured, they are only treated. Therefore, dog allergy, if successfully treated, will recur if the person or patient is re-exposed to dog fur or dander.

Treatment and avoidance

The best treatment is always prevention. As they say, an ounce of prevention is far better than a pound of cure. This is also the case with dog allergies.

For the treatment of dog allergies, the patient should be advised to avoid approaching or hugging dogs. By doing this, dog allergy can be successfully controlled or limited.

But if this basic preventive measure is ineffective, the patient will need to take antihistamines, decongestants or corticosteroids. Antihistamines are the common medications taken during asthma or other allergy attacks.

Decongestants decongest the breathing areas or tubes in the body by reducing the swelling of the nasal tissues, thereby making breathing easier.

Corticosteroids, on the other hand, are medications that reduce or eliminate inflammation of organs or tissues in the body that may be the result of the onset of dog allergy.


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