Animal allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, saliva or urine. Animal allergies are most commonly associated with cats, dogs, rodents and horses. Allergies to animals can take two years or more to develop and may not subside until six months or more after ending contact with the animal.
Causes of Animal allergy
Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance such as pollen, mold or pet dander. Pet saliva can stick to carpets, bedding, furniture and clothing. Dried saliva can become airborne. Allergens from rodents are usually present in hair, dander, saliva and urine.
- Runny nose
- Itchy skin
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure and pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Frequent awakening
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
- In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose
Tests and diagnosis for animal allergy
- Allergy skin test
- Blood test
If you have animal allergic symptoms, you should avoid things that provoke them and it is advisable to ensure that there are no pets in your house.
Treatment of Animal allergy
Your doctor may direct you to take one of the following medications to improve your allergy symptoms:
- Cromolyn sodium
In addition to these medications other treatments may be given such as Immunotherapy and Nasal irrigation.