Allergic Reactions to Dogs in Toddlers

When you bring a baby into the household, you might be worried about how they’ll get along with your pets. One big concern is potential allergic reactions.

Allergies occur when your child’s immune system reacts to animal dander, feces, urine, or saliva. When the immune system comes into contact with these things, it reacts by releasing histamine and other chemicals. Histamine causes inflammation of the nose and airways.

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How to Reduce Dog Dander and Shedding

When it comes to allergies, many people believe they’re allergic to dog hair. This can lead to the misconception that long-haired dogs cause more allergies than short-haired dogs.

The truth is that most allergies are caused by dog dander. When you safeguard your home against pet allergies, you should pay more attention to controlling pet dander than getting rid of shed fur.

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Allergic to a Dog But Not a Cat

Many people are under the mistaken impression that pet allergies are caused by pet hair. They believe that breathing in this pet hair is what triggers an allergic reaction. In actuality, pet hair doesn’t cause allergic reactions. Instead, pet dander — the dead skin flakes that naturally fall off the pet’s coat — are the cause. With that in mind, is it possible to be allergic to a dog but not a cat?

The short answer is: Yes. Even though both allergies are triggered by pet dander, the chemical composition of the proteins causing the allergy is different.

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Allergic to Dog Fur or Dander

Are you allergic to dog dander? Becoming familiar with the dog dander allergies symptoms can help, but the only way to be sure is through an allergy test.

The two allergy tests used are skin prick tests and blood tests. If there isn’t a reason not to use the skin prick test, this is probably what your doctor will recommend. It gives you results much faster than a blood test.

You’re probably familiar with the classic symptoms of a pet allergy. Usually, these mimic signs of a common cold.

You might have watery eyes, a runny nose, a scratchy throat, or mild respiratory issues. But what other allergy symptoms are there? Many people find themselves asking, “Can an allergy to dogs or cats cause itchy skin and bumps?”

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Allergic to My Hypoallergenic Dog

You might have heard that there are hypoallergenic dogs. These breeds of dog are supposed to produce no allergens, and therefore be suitable for people with dog allergies. Can you be allergic to a hypoallergenic dog? Many people find themselves asking this, along with, “Why am I allergic to hypoallergenic dogs?”

To understand these questions, first it’s important to define “hypoallergenic dog.” In truth, dander free dogs don’t exist. There is no dog that is truly hypoallergenic, because all dogs produce dander and saliva that contain allergen proteins.

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