How to deal with allergies to cats and dogs

Do you love ani­mals, but pre­fer to avoid close con­tact with them? It is worth vis­it­ing a friend who has a cute fluffy crea­ture, as tears imme­di­ate­ly begin to flow, and stuffy nose? Aller­gies to ani­mals are quite com­mon. You can and should fight it. Learn about sim­ple ways to pre­vent and treat.

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It is gen­er­al­ly accept­ed that the main cause of aller­gies to ani­mals is their fur. This is not entire­ly true. Sci­en­tists have proven that an aller­gic reac­tion does not appear in response to wool, but to the pro­tein con­tained in the sali­va, urine and dan­der of the ani­mal. That is why even “naked” or ani­mals with very short hair can be dan­ger­ous for an aller­gic per­son.

Also Read: 5 Signs That You Can Tell A Cold From An Aller­gy

Aller­gy to ani­mals is most often man­i­fest­ed by symp­toms such as run­ny nose, sneez­ing, nasal con­ges­tion; tear­ing, itch­ing and red­ness of the eyes (so-called aller­gic con­junc­tivi­tis); cough, short­ness of breath, short­ness of breath and asth­ma attacks; itch­ing and red­ness of the skin. In severe cas­es, ana­phy­lac­tic shock may devel­op.

There­fore, if you or some­one you know has life-threat­en­ing symp­toms such as severe chok­ing, rapid heart­beat, low blood pres­sure, loss of con­scious­ness, urgent­ly call an ambu­lance!

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Of course, if you’re aller­gic to ani­mals, it’s best not to have four-legged friends in your home. If the pet already exists and is a mem­ber of the fam­i­ly, then a com­pro­mise must be sought. Con­tact an aller­gist. He will help assess the risks and offer options for solv­ing the prob­lem. And so that coex­is­tence with an ani­mal does not have seri­ous health con­se­quences, adhere to the fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions:

  • Avoid direct con­tact with the ani­mal. Entrust the care of a pet to some­one from the house­hold.
  • Don’t let your pet into the bed­room.
  • Keep clean. Be espe­cial­ly care­ful to clean the house of wool. By itself, although it is non-aller­genic, it is wool that is the main “car­ri­er” of sali­va, urine and skin par­ti­cles of the ani­mal.
  • Get rid of car­pets, thick cur­tains and oth­er “dust col­lec­tors”.

How to relieve symptoms

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Always have med­ica­tions for the treat­ment and pre­ven­tion of aller­gic rhini­tis and con­junc­tivi­tis in your first-aid kit.

Read also: House dust aller­gy: symp­toms and pre­ven­tion

You should start tak­ing the drug at the first man­i­fes­ta­tions of an aller­gic rhini­tis, and con­tin­ue until the symp­toms are com­plete­ly relieved or until the end of the aller­gy sea­son.

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