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Not a simple answer: An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander, foods, medications, among other things. Symptoms may be bothersome, but benign, or can be fatal. Not all reactions to exposures are allergies and if you think you may be allergic , i recommend being evaluated by a board certified allergist. ...Read more
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...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
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