Cats and dogs often become real family members, they are loved and cared for. And animal allergies can be a real disaster for the owner. However, there is a chance that you will not have to part with your pet.
How is allergy to dogs and cats manifested?
Most often, the reaction to cats and dogs manifests itself in the form of allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis. The person may have a runny nose, itchy or stuffy nose, sneezing, redness, and itching of the eyes. Shortness of breath, coughing and asthma attacks are much less common. However, in order to be sure that what is happening is an allergy to pets, you need to see a doctor and get tested, which will show what caused this condition.
In rare cases, skin reactions are also found - dermatitis, urticaria, which are caused by the presence of animals in the house.
Can allergies be cured?
Doctors, having discovered in their patients a reaction to wool, dandruff, saliva or urine of animals, recommend getting rid of the pets. However, not all allergy sufferers agree to take such measures, despite the fact that the presence of a pet in the house harms their condition. If your cat or dog has become a true friend and family member, you can try to minimize your exposure to the allergen by not getting rid of the animal. Forbid a dog or cat from entering your bedroom, and even more so - from sleeping with you. Install a tightly closing door to prevent wool from entering the room in a draft. Get powerful air purifiers with ULPA or HEPA filters.
Remove items from all rooms that collect dust - carpets, upholstered furniture, plush toys. Clean as often as possible so that you can move safely around your own apartment.
The animal must be washed at least once a week. Purchase a special anti-allergenic shampoo and agree with your pets that they will bathe your pet.
If maintaining cleanliness and relative isolation from your pet does not help you, you will need to contain your allergies with medications. See your doctor for hormonal and antihistamines. This will not cure your illness, but it will help control it.
There is also allergen-specific immunotherapy. It is usually prescribed in cases where the attacks are severe, and there is no way to get rid of the allergen (for example, an allergy to human hair). The essence of this technique is that the doctor, at regular intervals, injects the patient with a small amount of the therapeutic allergen, gradually increasing the dose. If your seizures are difficult to treat with medication, you might want to consider this option as well.