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Allergies: Are your pets making you sick?

Published On July 20, 2017 | By Anna McDonald | Allergy

Unfortunately being allergic to cats and/or dogs is not something that will go away. Symptoms may tail off over time due to ongoing exposure but the allergies remain.

People can be allergic to the fur and saliva of cats and dogs. Seeing as these are the most popular pets it is handy to know what you can do to keep your allergies in check if you are around a cat or a dog for extended periods of time.

The simplest way to avoid having the same allergens invade your space and cause a myriad symptoms is by simply getting rid of the pet. But this isn’t necessary unless you have acute symptoms and/or asthma. Cat allergies for example can lead to chronic asthma!

If this is the case make sure you have full medical aid or a hospital plan so that when you have a bad reaction you can be treated immediately in an emergency room.

What are your symptoms?
The symptoms you may experience include but are not limited to:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Coughing and shortness of breath
  • Watery, itchy/red eyes
  • Skin rashes

What may be causing your symptoms?
Pet allergies can be caused by multiple things. They do not necessarily stem from the animal itself. If you have an executive medical plan you can see a specialist in the field: an allergist. He or she can determine the root of your reaction.

Often times those suffering from hay fever will have an allergic reaction to a dog or a cat but these people are not necessarily allergic to the animal’s urine, saliva or dander. It could be that dust and pollen sticking to the animal’s skin and fur is causing the reaction.

Treatment for allergic reactions and symptoms
Keeping pets outside will alleviate your symptoms simply because you will have less contact with the animals. Alternatively keep them out of your bedroom so that allergic reactions don’t compromise your sleep.

If your eyes are affected invest in antihistamine eye-drops and if your sinuses play up or your skin reacts, have an antihistamine pill on hand. Many people live with allergies; if you are one of these sufferers make sure to invest in an executive medical plan to ensure you are as comfortable and safe as possible in the hairyface of an allergic reaction.

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