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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Dog Allergy (Overview)

A reaction in some people to exposure to the dander on dogs that results in coughing and wheezing, red, itchy eyes runny, itchy, stuffy nose, sneezing or a rash on the face or chest. This is a result of release of histamine by immune cells. It usually is not the dog's hair or fur but flakes of dead skin as well as the saliva and urine of the dog that people are usually allergic to.


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What are some of the symptoms of dog allergy?

What are some of the symptoms of dog allergy?

Please see below.: The symptoms of allergies to animals are similar to those of allergies to other things: rash (including hives), runny or stuffy nose, wheeze, watery, red, or puffy eyes, itch, cough, sneezing, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
93 Doctors shared insights

Dog Allergy (Overview)

A reaction in some people to exposure to the dander on dogs that results in coughing and wheezing, red, itchy eyes runny, itchy, stuffy nose, sneezing or a rash on the face or chest. This is a result of release of histamine by immune cells. It usually is not the dog's hair or fur but flakes of dead skin as well as the saliva and urine of the dog that people are usually allergic to.


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A test to see if they have a dog allergy?

A test to see if they have a dog allergy?

Go to allergist: Go to an allergist. There are skin and blood tests for this and other allergies. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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Can dog allergies cause dryness of your mouth and throat?

Can dog allergies cause dryness of your mouth and throat?

Probably not: Allergy to dog hair, or secretions result from a genetic, immunologic disease in which the animal secretions react with a substance (ige) in your blood or mucous membrane that results in an allergic reaction. The usual symptoms result from a release of a substance called histamine and most commonly result in sneezing, watery nasal secretions and itchy eyes. Dryness is not a common symptom. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to get rid of dog allergies?

Is there anything I can do to get rid of dog allergies?

Avoidance/meds/shots: Avoidance is the first recommendation for treatment of allergies. Beyond avoidance there are many allergy medications available to help treat the symptoms. Allergy shots are also effective at helping with the symptoms and the benefit can be long term. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent dog allergies?

What is the best way to prevent dog allergies?

Sorry. Avoid them: The cure for any allergy is to avoid the item....If you already own a dog keeping it out of the bedroom can help...As well as wiping it off with a damp paper towel once or twice a day. But if you have significant symptoms see an allergist to discuss other ideas. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid my massive cat/dog allergies?

What can I do to avoid my massive cat/dog allergies?

Avoidance: Avoidance is the best treatment of severe cat and dog allergies. Medication may help decrease symptoms. Allergy shots can also help people develop a certain degree of tolerance especially if it is difficult to avoid animals. ...Read more

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Best OTC medicine for dog allergy?

Cetirizine: The most effective second generation, minimally sedating antihistamine is Cetirizine (adult dose 10 mg at bedtime). No antihistamine will allow ad lib dog contact so minimize contact, keep dog out of bedroom, use hepa filter in bedroom. If still symptoms have to consider rehousing dog in another home. ...Read more

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What can I do about my dog allergy?

What can I do about my dog allergy?

Several options: You can give your dog to a friend...However, not many people are willing to do that. If not, I usually recommend a combination of oral antihistamines, prescription nasal spray (s), and an air purifier. Also, allergy shots can be very helpful--see a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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A test to see if they have a dog allergy?

Go to allergist: Go to an allergist. There are skin and blood tests for this and other allergies. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of dog allergy?

Please see below.: The symptoms of allergies to animals are similar to those of allergies to other things: rash (including hives), runny or stuffy nose, wheeze, watery, red, or puffy eyes, itch, cough, sneezing, etc. ...Read more

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Could a recently developed dog allergy fade with time?

Could a recently developed dog allergy fade with time?

Sensitization: Sensitization can happen over time to allergens, but is not absolute. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dog allergy?

Dog allergy: A reaction in some people to exposure to the dander on dogs that results in coughing and wheezing, red, itchy eyes
runny, itchy, stuffy nose, sneezing or a rash on the face or chest. This is a result of release of histamine by immune cells. It usually is not the dog's hair or fur but flakes of dead skin as well as the saliva and urine of the dog that people are usually allergic to. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a dog allergy?

Either the dog: Needs to go or you need to start allergy shots to get rid of it. That's different compared to treating ur allergies. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of my dog allergy symptoms?

Is there a way to get rid of my dog allergy symptoms?

4 steps: 1. Avoidance of dogs and dog hair, 2. Clean dogs weekly, use HEPA filters in home and in vacuum inserts, get dog out of bedroom, 3. Medications (like over the counter anthistamines and steroid nose sprays), and 4. Allergy shots if none of the above help. See an allergist ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop asthma from having a dog allergy?

Is it possible to develop asthma from having a dog allergy?

Yes...: If you have a dog allergy and you are exposed to a dog, it is possible to develop bronchospasm. If this happens repeatedly, asthma would be diagnosed. You need to have more than one episode of wheezing to diagnose asthma. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of my dog allergy with no shots or meds?

Dog allergy: Continuous exposure may result in desensitization over long periods of time but with much suffering along the way. ...Read more

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How long would it take someone to develop symptoms of a dog allergy after getting puppy?

Same day.: If you already have an allergy to dogs, you may get symptoms right away after you bring a dog or puppy into the house. ...Read more

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Itchy skin on various places. Does cat allergy or dog allergy do this?

Itchy skin on various places. Does cat allergy or dog allergy do this?

With direct contact: Cat and dog allergy causes eye, nose and asthma symptoms and these symptoms usually develop before itchy skin. Direct contact with your pet is required to cause itchy skin and then you would see redness and possibly hives at the contact site. If your pet spends a lot of time on your bed or sofa and then you lie on it, you could develop itchy skin. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent dog allergies?

Sorry. Avoid them: The cure for any allergy is to avoid the item....If you already own a dog keeping it out of the bedroom can help...As well as wiping it off with a damp paper towel once or twice a day. But if you have significant symptoms see an allergist to discuss other ideas. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to be immune to dog allergies?

Can you explain if it's possible to be immune to dog allergies?

I am not quite: Sure what you are asking but many people are not allergic to dog dander. ...Read more

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How common are dog allergies?

How common are dog allergies?

Common: Allergic rhinitis including allergy to dogs is common, affecting 10-30% of people in the U.S. Rates seems to be increasing over time, particularly in urban areas. These statistic include all allergy sufferers (trees, grass, weeds, dust mites, molds, cats, dogs, etc). I don't have rates for dog allergy sufferers specifically. ...Read more

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Why are my dog allergies worse in the morning?

Why are my dog allergies worse in the morning?

Increased exposure: If you dog sleeps/used to sleep in your room with you, or even likes to sneak in your room, then it's likely from increased and prolonged exposure to dog dander overnight. Pet dander is sticky and likes to stick to surfaces. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid my massive cat/dog allergies?

Avoidance: Avoidance is the best treatment of severe cat and dog allergies. Medication may help decrease symptoms. Allergy shots can also help people develop a certain degree of tolerance especially if it is difficult to avoid animals. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can be done at home, that can help/stop my dog allergies?

Is there anything that can be done at home, that can help/stop my dog allergies?

See below: Frequent cleaning (vacuuming), allergy shots to desensitize or the worst - removal of the offending agent. Sorry. ...Read more

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What causes cat or dog allergies in the body despite the general allergy, what causes it??

What causes cat or dog allergies in the body despite the general allergy, what causes it??

Gene & environment: When one is genetically predisposed to develop allergy, exposure to potential allergens often leads to allergic sensitization be the agent be pollen, animal, molds, mites, or pets. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more