Pet allergies are very common in the country. It can become very difficult for pet parents to co-exist with their friends or family, when they are allergic to pets. Allergies are regardless of age. People who are allergic to pets can show various symptoms ranging from common, to life-threatening ones. In general, people allergic to pets can have red, itchy eyes, runny nose or breathing problems, when they are around pets. Let’s have a look on the basic information about allergies and their causes!
Causes and symptoms of pet allergies
Have you ever wondered, what can be the causes of a person being allergic to pets? Most people have a misconception that they are allergic to the fur or hair of the pets. This may be true in some cases, but the main causes of allergies can be the Dander (flakes of dead skin), saliva or urine of the pets. When a person allergic to pets is exposed to these things, chemical called histamine is released. The release of this chemical can have the following effects, or you can also say that following are the symptoms of allergies:
· Person can start coughing and wheezing uncontrollably
· Their eyes may become red and itchy
· Excessive sneezing
· They may have a runny, itchy and stuffy nose
How can an allergic person co-exist with pets?
Are your allergies not allowing you to visit your friends that own a pet? There are many ways to suppress the allergy if you want to spend some quality time with your friends. Release of histamine causes all the symptoms when you come in contact with pet dander, urine or saliva. It is recommended to take anti-histamines to suppress the allergies temporary.
The most common anti-histamine is diphenhydramine, also known as Benadryl. Although Benadryl is highly effective in suppressing the allergy symptoms, it has some negligible side effects like sedation, after its intake. Sneezing is replaced by yawning after you treat your allergy with Benadryl. Claritin (Loratadin) is another reliable treatment to overcome allergic symptoms. Other anti-histamines that can be helpful to you are cetirizine (Zyrtec), Chlorpheniramine, Desloratidine (Clarinex) etc. You can consult a pharmacist to choose the best anti-histamine for your pet allergies rather than experimenting on your own.
Pet allergic - But, do you love pets and want to have one?
Do you simply love pets, but not able to keep one just because of the allergy? Well, Immunotherapy can be your rescuer. Allergies occur because of lower immunity to allergens like in case of pets, pet dander. If you want to keep a pet and have endless fun with them, then you could try immunotherapy, a long term allergy suppression technique.
In immunotherapy sessions, the therapist will inject a dose of the component that you are allergic to. This maintenance dose will gradually grow up and a time may come when you will need this dose just one a year or may be once in 3-4 years. There have been many cases where a person becomes totally immune to the allergens. It is a great and long-term solution for pet allergies.
Apart from these, you can keep your house clean and dander free. You could use intense air cleaners that do not let allergens float in the air. Doesn’t it seem less scary to keep pets now? You can get a pet now and have all the fun that once seemed impossible to you.
All in all, pet allergies can be fought against and, you can be around pets anytime you want. Allergic friends of pet parents can now visit them without any worries. So, are you ready to create some fun moments with your friends and their pets?