The last thing you want to happen when your furry friend comes up to greet you is uncontrollable sneezing, watering eyes, and an incoming itchy throat. Pet allergies are fairly common, with 30 percent of Americans having a cat or dog allergy. We know just the idea of having a pet allergy may be concerning and even surprising for many, but our whole team at the Skin and Allergy Center understand that allergies are very complex, and we are proud to offer a number of solutions to help you live with your pet allergy.
What is a Pet Allergy?
For those who have pet allergies, their immune system is reactive to specific proteins found in skin cells, saliva, sweat, or urine of an animal (often a cat or dog). These substances can spread on furniture, carpet, clothes, and anything in the area that the pet lives in. This can make it very difficult for a person with a pet allergy to live in the same living space as that animal.
Common Symptoms of Pet Allergies
Pet allergies range depending on the person experiencing the allergy, but generally common symptoms of pet allergies include:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Itchy or red eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing or other breathing difficulty
- Chest tightness
- Rash or hives
- Asthma attack
- Trouble sleeping
What to do if You Suspect a Pet Allergy
If those symptoms sound consistent with your experience, remember that this is not enough information to formally diagnosis a pet allergy. However, it does raise some concern. It is also possible that your body is having an allergic reaction to something other than your sweet furry friend.
The best way to determine whether or not you have a pet allergy to see a professional allergist. In fact, we have an excellent team here at the Skin & Allergy Center. During this meeting, your allergy specialist can help determine the cause of your symptoms, confirm if you do have a pet allergy, and discuss potential treatment options to help you best live with your allergy. Remember, you are not alone. Again, three in 10 Americans have a pet allergy!
Pet Allergy Treatments
There are a number of ways to help treat pet allergies, and at the Skin and Allergy Center, it is our mission to find one that is the right match for you and your lifestyle.
There are simple solutions such as avoiding contact with your cat or dog or making sure you wash hands with soap when you do give in to pet your cute buddy. There are a number of cleaners and cleaning options to ensure that your reactions are a minimum. There are also other treatment options, such as allergy shots, eye drops, and steroid nasal sprays to help control the symptoms.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you suspect a pet allergy, don’t wait any longer to find out, because there are many options out there to help you control these symptoms. If you are interested in seeking an allergy specialist at the Skin and Allergy Center here in Columbia, Murfreesboro, and Spring Hill, please contact us today!