Dog dander

Dog allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in a dog's skin cells (dander), saliva, and urine. It's a common form of pet allergy and can cause various symptoms in sensitive individuals. These allergens can be carried on clothing and can linger in environments where dogs have been....

Dog dander

What are symptoms of dog allergy?

  • Sneezing and runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Asthma attacks in individuals with asthma

What foods cross-react with dog allergy?

There isn’t typically cross-reactivity in the same way as with food allergies. However, people allergic to dogs may also be allergic to other animals, especially those with fur or feathers, like cats, rabbits, and certain types of birds.

When should I consider getting a dog allergy test?

  • If you experience allergic symptoms around dogs or in environments where dogs live.
  • If you are considering getting a dog and have a history of allergies or asthma.
  • If you have a pet dog and suffer from chronic allergy or asthma symptoms.

How do I reduce my dog allergy symptoms?

  • Limit exposure to dogs as much as possible, and avoid direct contact.
  • Keep the dog out of your bedroom and other areas where you spend a lot of time.
  • Bathe and groom your dog regularly to minimize the amount of dander.
  • Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home’s ventilation system and vacuum cleaner.
  • Wash your hands after touching a dog.
  • Regularly clean your home, including carpets and upholstered furniture, to reduce allergens.
  • Over-the-counter antihistamines or nasal sprays may help with allergic reactions.
  • In severe cases, consult an allergist for specialized treatments like allergen immunotherapy.

Test(s) that measure/test for Dog dander

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