Allergies

Pet Dander Allergies

Cat AllergiesThe dry flakes of skin produced by the animals is known as dander. This dander contains certain proteins, which can become airborne and an trigger allergic reaction. Animal urine and saliva also contain the proteins which cause allergies. Dogs and cats are the most common pets which cause dander allergies. Other pets which cause allergies are hamsters, rodents, mice, guinea pigs etc.

Pet dander allergies are caused when the immune system perceives the protein present in the dander as harmful to the body and attacks them. Certain chemicals such as histamines are produced against the protein. This causes allergic reaction such as watery eyes, runny nose, eczema, hives, diarrhea, vomiting etc. The following article discusses pet allergies in detail along with the medicines with which the pet allergy symptoms can be treated.

Pet Dander Allergy Symptoms

Pet allergies can cause symptoms such as runny nose, cough, itchy and watery eyes, hives, eczema. These symptoms can progress to breathing difficulty, vomiting and diarrhea.

Managing Pet Dander Allergies

Here are a few tips to manage pet dander allergies:

  • Use HEPA filters to clean and get rid of the animal dander
  • Avoid letting your pet into the bedroom or limit the pet’s access to only a few rooms of your home. You can also try keeping your pet outside
  • Wash your hands after holding your pet to remove the dander
  • Make your family member who does not have dander allergies, clean the pet regularly. This will reduce the dander production
  • Avoid carpets, upholstered furniture as they can attract dander. Flooring such as tile, wooden or vinyl is recommended for those with pet allergies

If you are suffering from dander allergies, anti-histamines, corticosteroids and decongestants can help in reducing the symptoms.

If you find your pet dander allergies bothersome, you can try living without a pet. But, if that is not possible, avoiding pet dander allergens by lifestyle changes and cleaning your home can be helpful.If this is also not possible for many people, then it is useful to try medicines available to treat symptoms of the allergy. It should be borne in mind, however, that medicines for allergies are not for long term use because of side effects.

Best Medicines for Pet Dander Allergies

First Generation Antihistamines
These are available over the counter. Benadryl is one example of these. Side effects include drowsiness.

Second Generation Antihistamines
Some of these like Claritin are available over the counter. Others are for prescription use only. These have fewer side effects than the first generation antihistamines. Therefore, they do not cause so much drowsiness.

Leukotriene Modifiers
Leukotrienes are a chemical in the body that are involved with creating an allergic response. Medicines such as singular can be used for both allergies and asthma. This medicine works by utilizing leukotriene modifiers.

Homeopathic Medicines
This is a form of immunotherapy. It is an alternative treatment for allergy. You use it by ingesting small doses of the allergen orally thereby desensitizing your body to the substance. Not all people are convinced of homeopathic treatment and the only way to know if it works for you is to test it yourself.

These are the most commonly used medicines and remedies for pet dander allergies. For more information on the subject visit your doctor. If possible, try to get a consultation with an allergy specialist, in order to find out how best to treat your allergy to pet dander.

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