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Pet Allergies

Allergies to animals are incredibly common. Studies suggest that in the United States three out of ten people suffer from pet allergies. If you already have other allergies or suffer from asthma, you are more likely to have an allergic response to a dog or cat. Allergies to cats are twice as likely to occur over allergies to dogs.

If someone is suffering from pet allergies, he or she may be on the lookout for non-allergenic dogs or cats. Unfortunately, a truly non-allergenic dog or cat does not exist. However, there is some good news. Some people are only allergic to specific breeds and will not have any reaction when exposed to other breeds.

Those who suffer from a pet allergy have an over-sensitive immune system. The over-sensitive immune system causes a person’s body to react to the proteins in the animal’s urine, saliva, or dander. Pet allergens can be present in households that do not own pets. Because people can carry pet allergens on their clothing, they can be found anywhere.

The symptoms of pet allergies can vary. If your allergies are mild, you will not experience any symptoms until several hours after you encounter the pet. Others will experience symptoms immediately. A stuffy nose, swelling and itching of the membranes, and inflammation of the eyes are some reactions that sufferers experience.

If you think you may suffer from pet allergies, visit an allergist Cherry Hill. Through an examination and a series of tests, an allergist Langhorne, NJ will be able to determine your allergies. The doctor will also be able to prescribe medication that will help alleviate symptoms.

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