I work with horses and I have developed a horse allergy. What to do?

See an allergist. If you are confirmed to be allergic to horses on testing, you may be a candidate for allergy shots which can help reduce your allergy. It is also possible that your allergy is to another allergen, such as mold which will be in the straw, hay, and feed. A thorough allergy evaluation will help to determine the best course of action.

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Any help with horse allergy?

Yes. Like any allergy avoidance is key. But assuming you want to be around them, antihistamines, nasal antihistamines, nasal steroids, and antileukotrienes are great options, with the last 2 being the best for preventing the symptoms. There are more and more studies showing that allergy shots to horse hair may also help. Talk to an allergist that might offer this (not all do). Read more...
Avoid horses. Generally animal allergies are managed by avoiding the offending animal. If you are obligated to have horse contact try to avoid closed spaces, especially barns and ride outside. Also, take Cetirizine (relatively non-sedating) 10 mg, 1 tab, 1 hr before contact. If you still have symptoms consult allergist who can test you and start allergy injections. Read more...

How can I cure my horse allergy?

Maybe shots. There are more and more studies showing that allergy shots to horse hair may help. Talk to an allergist that might offer this (not all do). It's not a cure, but reduces your sensitivity. In terms of meds, oral antihistamines, nasal antihistamines, nasal steroids, and antileukotrienes are great options, with the last 2 being the best for preventing the symptoms. Read more...
Mgt. Avoiding exposure and treating symptoms with an allergy plan is advised. Immunotherapy can be administered if appropriate. Read more...

Instant horse allergy? I rode years ago.

Occurs any time. My office is close to several universities and each november i see freshmen who went home for thanksgiving and reacted to pets they tolerated for years. When a person prone to develop allergies grows up in frequent contact with an animal, often a tolerance develops but if contact is stopped for over 2-3 months the tolerance disappears and subsequent contact produces symptoms. Read more...

My friend has a horse allergy. Any remedies?

allergy shot vs med. See an allergist to verify it is a horse allergy and not another allergen at the farm ie hay, grass etc. Medications such as antihistamines and intranasal steroid sprays can help with symptoms. There are no standard for horse allergy shot but there have been cases that report their effectiveness. Trial of horse allergy immunotherapy may provide a more permanent treatment. Read more...

How can I cure my super annoying horse allergy?

See an allergist. If you are confirmed to be allergic to horses on testing, you may be a candidate for allergy shots which can help reduce your allergy. It is also possible that your allergy is to another allergen, such as mold which will be in the straw, hay, and feed. A thorough allergy evaluation will help to determine the best course of action. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Horse allergy?

Like others. The mechanism for allergy is the same except that the symptoms occur only when exposed to horse allergens. You may have sneezes, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, and even asthma. Some people may have hives. Do not confuse horse allergy to fungi exposure from the straws and manure in a stable. Read more...

Have I suddenly developed some horse allergy or is it allergy to just one species?

Maybe. Allergic reaction to horse typically involves eyes (itchy, red, teary), nose (itchy, stuffy, runny, sneezy) and can involve chest (cough, tightness, difficult breathing, wheezing). All horses are the same species (as are dogs, cats) and all breeds are equally likely to cause allergy symptoms. There is no breed of horse, cat, dog that is hypo-allergenic; that concept is a complete myth. Read more...