Pet allergy symptoms appear during or shortly after exposure to the animal. Allergies to pets, particularly to cats and dogs, are a common cause of allergic disease, including asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever).These symptoms may linger long after the animal is gone. This is because the dander remains in the air, on furniture or on your clothing. The allergy results in: Sneezing, Itchy, watery eyes, Runny nose, Congestion. Additionally, contact with a pet may trigger skin allergy symptoms including itchy skin or raised, red patches (hives). Pets can also trigger asthma symptoms, causing wheezing, difficulty breathing or chest tightness.
The most effective way to manage pet and other allergic rhinitis symptoms is to avoid the allergen(s) causing the symptoms. Antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, Benadryl, or Zyrtec and other over-the-counter allergy medications may help relieve symptoms, but they are not ideal as a long-term treatment. Decongestants, which reduce swelling in the nose and relieve congestion; examples are over-the-counter Sudafed and Allegra-D. Other drugs, which affect allergy or asthma symptoms in different ways; prescription steroids -- such as Flonase or Nasonex sprays -- are a common treatment for allergies. Both Flonase and Nasonex are available over the counter and by prescription. Allergy shots have a proven track record as an effective form of long-term treatment (immunotherapy).
Canadian experts in the area of asthma have developed evidence-based, clinical practice guidelines that are used to diagnosis and establish treatment plans for patients with asthma and other allergic diseases. ‘Scientists ‘uncover’ trigger behind cat allergies; research could lead to possible cure’ and many encouraging projects are undertaken in Canada regarding various allergies (i.e pet allergies etc). Scientists say their research could lead to new treatment options after discovering what actually triggers allergic reactions to cats. Published in Journal of Immunology, researchers at the University of Cambridge studied proteins found in the particles of a cat’s skin, commonly known as dander.
According to the World Health Organization, asthma is now a serious public health problem with over 235 million sufferers worldwide. According to Statistics Canada, 8.5% of the population (aged 12 and over) has been diagnosed as having asthma (2010). Asthma is most common during childhood and affects at least 13% of Canadian children. Asthma continues to be a major cause of hospitalization of children in Canada. One Canadian household survey found that half of children with asthma reported that household pets triggered or worsened their disease yet 41% had a dog and 36% had a cat.