Pet Allergies

Friday, April 26, 2013

Pet allergies are common. However, youre more likely to develop a pet allergy if allergies or asthma runs in your family. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about pet allergies in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animals skin cells, saliva or urine. Signs of pet allergy include those common to hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Some people may also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Most often, pet allergy is triggered by exposure to the dead flakes of skin, or dander, a pet sheds. Any animal with fur can be a source of pet allergy, but pet allergies are most commonly associated with cats, dogs, rodents and horses.

Pet allergy symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and facial pressure and pain. Some people with pet allergy may also experience skin symptoms.

If your signs and symptoms are severe such as severe nasal congestion, difficulty sleeping or wheezing call your doctor.

The first line of treatment for controlling pet allergy is avoiding the allergy-causing animal as much as possible. In addition to avoiding pet allergens, you may need medications to control symptoms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.