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Best OTC medicine for dog allergy?

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

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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Dog Allergy (Definition)

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 ...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?

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?

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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Why do some children have allergies?

Why do some children have allergies?

Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read more

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How are children tested for allergies?

How are children tested for allergies?

See below: They are tested the same as everyone else. They can have skin testing performed by an allergist, or blood work ordered by their primary care provider. ...Read more

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I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read more

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Can children grow out of seasonal allergies?

Can children grow out of seasonal allergies?

Sometimes: Some people's allergies get better over years, some get worse, and some are stable. Keeping allergies well-controlled not only keeps kids feeling better and sleeping better, but also doing better in school (it's hard to learn material when you feel miserable)! also, keeping allergies under control decreases the risk of ear infections and sinusitis. ...Read more

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Does a cough come with allergies in children?

Does a cough come with allergies in children?

Sometimes: But not all the time. Nasal allergies are not a frequent cause of a really bad persistent cough. In a child with allergies and a really bad cough (assuming no fever) I would be concerned about a reactive airway/asthma type condition. If the child also had eczema I would be even more concerned. ...Read more

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How are today's allergy tests performed on children?

How are today's allergy tests performed on children?

Skin or Blood: Depending on the clinical history and suspected allergen, some practitioners choose the less painful and timely method, which is a blood test looking for specific ige antibodies, also called rast testing. Percutaneous skin tests are still the gold standard for allergy testing. This is something which you should discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my children from getting allergies?

How can I prevent my children from getting allergies?

Breastfeed!: Breastfeeding is shown to be protective for children with a strong family history of allergies. If unable to breast feed, try a hypoallergenic formula such as "nutramigen" or "alimentum". Try to avoid introducing baby foods until 4-6 months of age; once you do, introduce them slowly. Interestingly, exposure to dogs & cats appears to reduce the risk of becoming allergic to those household pets! ...Read more

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How do docs test children for indoor & outdoor allergies?

Allergy tests: There are several types of testing. Some involve certain types of blood tests. Another method is to do a series of skin tests done by pricking the skin and applying different allergens. Other tests are provocative tests that can involve challanging the patient with allergic materials. Testing should be done by doctors specializing in allergy to obtain the best results. ...Read more

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What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

What is the cause of environmental allergies in young children?

Air-borne allergies: Environmental allergies affect your respiratory system including the nose, sinuses, eyes and if severe, the lung. Thus, symptoms are nasal congestion, sinus pressure, teary and itchy eyes, cough, wheezing, physical activity limitation and difficulty breathing if you have asthma. ...Read more

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What are common signs of allergies towards animals in young children?

What are common signs of allergies towards animals in young children?

Nasal, eye, skin: Children will exhibit sneezing, itchy nose/eye, stuffy nose or cough with close exposures with pets. If licked by a cat or dog and allergy is present, a rash could develop at that site. The allergies could manifest as asthma with cough, wheezing or difficulty breathing. Typically a pattern will be seen, but if it is an indoor pet, the symptoms may be continuous. ...Read more

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If the husband has nut allergy does that mean our children can have it?

If the husband has nut allergy does that mean our children can have it?

Possible: If one or both parents have allergy, the risk for the child to have allergy increases dramatically. However, they do not inherit the specific allergy directly. They become allergic based on their own exposures. So they may not have the same set of allergies as their parents. Be cautious. ...Read more

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Allergies in young children so question about seeing an allergy specialist?

Allergies in young children so question about seeing an allergy specialist?

Please clarify: Yes children have allergies and yes there are specialists. You have not provided enough background information to determine whether the situation needs a doc, much less a specialist. You can start over with the additional info and we may be better able to help you. ...Read more

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Could it seem like more children have major, life threatening allergies now that years ago?

Maybe: Is that true? I think we are smarter and recognize them. And yes there are more allergies as we are more exposed ...Read more

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You have prepared the lunch meal for the children and you find out that one of the children has an allergy to?

Question unclear: If you are asking what to do if the kid is allergic to what you prepaired, the answer is simple, don't let s/he eat it. Prepare something else. If the child ate it and developed hives, benedryl may help some. It is advisable to know specific dietary problems in any child you watch & have a rapid action plan for any unexpected reactions. Kids can develop pbms to foods they have tolerated in the past. ...Read more

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My son will be 8 months on the 15th and I was wanting to know if I can give some children's allergy medicine and hpw much will be safe?

My son will be 8 months on the 15th and I was wanting to know if I can give some children's allergy medicine and hpw much will be safe?

See below: It would be unlikely for a child this age to have environmental allergies. They normally emerge around 2 years of age. I would not recommend any medications. ...Read more

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Could u pl let know the reasons having cough only in night & not in day time in adults & also in children. If allergies, how to find tht what allergy is?

Cough: Night cough may be caused by a post nasal, drip. Use saline nose drops for help as well as a vaporizer.Allergies can be determine by a good history and sllergy testing. ...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