Allergy to Dogs and Cats: Learn How to Diagnose and What to Do

Allergy to Dogs and Cats: Learn How to Diagnose and What to Do
Allergy to Dogs and Cats: Learn How to Diagnose and What to Do (Photo: Pixabay)

Allergy to cats and dogs is a growing concern for many people who want to enjoy the company of pets but suffer from allergic symptoms.

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With some lifestyle changes and simple tips, it’s possible to enjoy the company of cats and dogs and alleviate the discomfort of allergies, such as sneezing and a runny nose.

Allegra®, the number 1 allergy brand in Brazil, has compiled data from various studies on how to deal with pet allergies and details some of them here.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, in a study published in 2018 on Immunity, Asthma, and Allergy, these steps can help alleviate the unwanted effects of allergic reactions.

Consult a doctor: If you suspect being allergic to cats or dogs and experience symptoms such as skin itching, sneezing, runny nose, or respiratory problems, consult an allergy specialist for an accurate diagnosis and guidance¹.

Keep the house free of pet hair: Pet owners should regularly use a vacuum with a filter to remove pet hair and allergenic particles that may be present in their homes. Regular cleaning can make a significant difference in reducing allergic symptoms.

Wash bedding and curtains frequently: Just like vacuuming and sweeping the house every day, washing bedding, curtains, and other fabrics that can accumulate pet hair will help minimize exposure to allergens.

Wash hands with soap regularly throughout the day: Regular handwashing is an important practice to prevent the transfer of allergens and germs from surfaces to hands and subsequently to the face. This is especially relevant after contact with pets to remove possible hair or allergenic particles from the skin.

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