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A 25-year-old female asked:

if only had a slight reaction to dog dander during allergy skin test, is it possible i could be okay having a dog one day? best dogs for allergies?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
What do you feel: Your reaction on the skin test can only show a sensitivity and your real life reaction is the one that matters. How do you feel around them if you visit someone with a dog. Make it 10x worse if you live with one. Allergy shots get you immunized to dog dander and increase your tolerance and minimize your symptoms. No breed is hypoallergenic.
Dr. Powlin Manuel
Allergy and Immunology 51 years experience
Out-door dog be OK!: Good morning, it may be more desirable to have an out-door dog, if you have any chance of allergy to dog dander. When you have an indoor dog, it is likely that your sight reaction may become a larger problem. If you must have an indoor dog, go for the smallest dog such as chihuahua, which has the least tendency to shed hair and dander. On second thought, you may be better-of without dogs!

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Last updated Oct 24, 2017

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