How to recognize pet allergy in children and adults?

Publication date: 21.11.2023.

How to recognize pet allergy in children and adults?
Sometimes it is difficult to know whether you have a cold or an allergy because the symptoms are very similar. If symptoms last longer than two weeks, you might have an allergy (you can confirm this with a doctor by testing).

Allergy most often occurs in the first hour while you are near the animal. If you have a mild form of allergy, it is possible that it will appear only after a few days. Also, if you move away from the animal, the allergic symptoms will disappear within an hour, and in the case of severe allergic forms, they will disappear within a couple of days.

Why does a pet allergy occur, most often to dogs and cats?
Pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in the animal's skin cells, saliva or urine. Most often, pet allergy is caused by exposure to dead skin flakes (dander) that the pet sheds. Any animal with fur can be a source of allergy, but pet allergies are most often associated with cats and dogs.

Pet allergy signs and symptoms most often include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Cough
  • Frequent awakening
  • In a child, frequent rubbing of the nose

Skin symptoms
Some people with pet allergy may also experience skin symptoms, a pattern known as allergic dermatitis. This type of dermatitis is an immune system reaction that causes skin inflammation. Direct contact with an allergy-causing pet may trigger allergic dermatitis, causing signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Raised, red patches of skin (hives)
  • Eczema
  • Itchy skin

How to get rid of pet allergies?
If you are allergic to a pet, the best strategy is to avoid or reduce exposure to the animal as much as possible.

You are allergic but still want to live with a pet?
It is possible, but if you follow certain rules. If you still want to have a pet, even though you are allergic to them, it is possible that you will need medication or other treatments to relieve the symptoms so that you can live in the same household. Do not allow your pet to sleep in the same bed with you, air the room regularly, regularly wash the fabrics on which the pet stays (blankets, rugs, carpets...) and vacuum the space and furniture such as couches, sofas, beds, etc. at least twice a week. For thorough vacuuming, we recommend the Vector by Thomas water filtration vacuum cleaner, which, with its exceptional power, sucks up allergens, as well as mites, dust, pollen, bacteria and other factors that can cause allergic reactions in children and adults.

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