I’m James, an information and electronics engineer. I’m not a doctor or an allergy specialist. All articles are based on research done by allergy specialists, but I can’t diagnose allergies or give in-depth medical advice.
So then you’re probably asking yourself, “Why do I need to get an engineer’s advice about dog allergies?”
I have personally suffered from different dog allergies since my childhood. Even so, I couldn’t understand what was causing my swollen eyes, runny nose, and sneezes each time I’d get near any dogs. A website like this could have saved me a great deal of time, confusion, and literal headache.
Since my background is in IT, I decided to create this website as a comprehensive resource for allergy sufferers. Most articles are written in reference to expert advice, medical research papers, and my own experiences. From time to time, the articles receive a review from an allergist.
The purpose of this website is to give people helpful access to information about dog allergies. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about allergies. You’ll also be able to stay up-to-date about any advancements made in the allergy field. Science is creating more and more treatment methods with every passing day. Soon, we may even have a cure for dog allergies.
In the meantime, this is the kind of information you can expect to find here:
- News articles about new therapies and drug trials
- Basic information about the science behind dog allergies and allergic reactions
- In-depth information about the proteins that cause dog reactions across different breeds
- Analysis of how dog allergies compare to other types of animal allergies
- Correcting of misconceptions about dog allergies
- Recommendations for ideal products to use
- Step-by-step guides for how to reduce allergens in the home
- Information about how asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions are affected by dog allergies
- Breakdowns of different diagnostic tools, their accuracy levels, and which is right for you
- Collections of expert advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of allergies
- Analysis of the way dog allergies intersect with other types of allergies
- And more!
Everything you could possibly need to know about dog allergies is collected on this site for your perusal.
A Go-To Resource for Allergies
This site aims to be a go-to resource for information about dog allergies. As such, we’ve broken down some of the most frequently asked questions about dog allergies. For more in-depth information, peruse any of our relevant articles.
How do allergic reactions work?
An allergic reaction occurs when your body comes into contact with an allergen. Even though the allergen is harmless, the immune system mistakenly interprets it as a threat. The response is to flood the body with histamines and other chemicals. Histamines cause respiratory issues like a runny nose and shortness of breath. They can also cause hives and skin rashes when they leak into the skin.
What causes dog allergies?
Dog allergies are typically caused by dog saliva, dander, and urine. Many people mistakenly believe that dog hair is to blame for dog allergies. Because of this, sometimes people think a short-haired dog will cause a less severe reaction than a long-haired dog. This is not the case.
Certain dog-exclusive proteins can be found in the saliva and dander. When you come into physical contact with a dog or inhale this dander, your immune system has the allergy response.
Will a hypoallergenic dog stop my allergies?
The term “hypoallergenic dog” is misleading. This phrase implies that the dog is completely free of allergens, but this isn’t the case. There are no dog breeds that produce no allergens whatsoever.
There are dog breeds that are better for people with allergies due to their low amounts of dander. Whether they’ll help your allergies depends on the dog and the severity of your own reaction. People with moderate to severe allergies will probably continue to have reactions.
What are the most common symptoms of dog allergies?
Dog allergies commonly present with:
- Runny noses
- Sinus pressure from blocked nasal passages
- Watery or swollen eyes
- Shortness of breath and wheezing
- A rash or hives
It’s extremely rare for dog allergies to become serious enough to be dangerous. However, people with chronic respiratory issues like asthma should be cautious, as allergies can irritate this.
What precautions should I be taking around dogs?
If you don’t live with dogs, you should take an over-the-counter antihistamine or other anti-allergy medication before coming into contact with a dog. If your reactions are particularly bad, you can talk to your doctor about a prescription for stronger allergy medication.
For people with particularly severe allergies, allergy shots are a type of immunotherapy that strengthens your immune system against allergens, which helps to reduce your symptoms.
If you do live with dogs, you should make sure each dog in the household receives regular baths. Also be sure that you groom your dogs outside to remove excess hair, dander, and other allergens from their coat.
What kind of air purifier is best for dog allergies?
The best air purifier you can get is one with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters are certified to remove 99.9% of contaminates in the air, including dog dander and saliva.
How are dog allergies diagnosed?
Dog allergies are typically diagnosed through a skin prick test, but a blood test can also be used if the skin prick test isn’t viable. Skin prick tests take only about 20 minutes to show results, while blood tests have a processing time of 2 or 3 days.