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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
Varied symptoms: The symptoms vary by affected area and type of allergy. Food allergies typically affect the skin (hives, itching). Environmental allergies typically affect the respiratory tract (nose - itching and congestion, throat - itching and mucus, lungs - tightness and mucus). Eyes (itching, redness and watering) and ears (itching) are also frequently involved. See an allergist for specific answers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are dachsunds an okay breed of dog to get if i only showed a slight reaction to dogs on my allergy skin test?
I've been "back scratch" tested for allergies. Can the doctors do a allergy tests for specific types of dogs?
No: There is no commercially available tests for specific breeds of dogs. You can be allergic to a common shared allergen, a breed specific allergen, or both. Unfortunately, the currently available testing material is for mixed breeds as well as the common shared allergen and not available seperately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dog allergy: First step in allergy treatment is allergen avoidance - don't let dog sleep in room, purchase HEPA filter to help reduce amount of dog dander in home, wash dog often. next step is allergy medicines - antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays. Third step is allergy shots. Talk to allergist about options. ...Read more
Anyone have any suggestions for dealing with an allergy to cats and dogs? Does it mean daily Claritin (loratadine) needed?
Lots of tips: The short answer is avoidance, medications, and allergy shots, typically in that order. Not sure i can give a complete answer in 400 characters or less. If you have animals in the home you're allergic to, you should consider consulting an allergist. ...Read more