Allergies are the body’s reaction to certain types of foreign proteins. Pet Allergies are classified according to the type of allergen and the organ affected. The most common allergies are those that affect the skin, eyes, nose and throat.
Allergies are caused by the release of histamine from mast cells. Histamine causes the constriction of blood vessels and the contraction of smooth muscle in the walls of organs. This leads to swelling and inflammation of the affected area.
Allergic reactions can be triggered by exposure to allergens such as pollens, dust mites, animal dander, mold spores and foods. Some people have an allergic reaction to certain types of bacteria. People who suffer from asthma or chronic bronchitis may also have an allergic reaction to some types of bacteria.
Pet allergies occur more frequently in children than adults. It is believed that this is due to the fact that infants are exposed to more allergens during their first few months of life.
The symptoms of a Pet allergy include sneezing, watery eyes, itching of the eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, redness and swelling of the skin and other areas. These symptoms may be mild or severe. In severe cases, the person may experience difficulty breathing and even collapse.
Allergies to pets can be very serious. If you have an allergic reaction to your pet, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms may worsen if you do not treat them right away. Seek immediate medical help if you have any of the following symptoms:
* Difficulty breathing
* Tightness in chest
* Sudden change in color
* Skin rash
* Swelling of face, lips, tongue or mouth
* Swollen eyelids
In order to prevent allergies, it is important to wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands after you play with your pet, feed him or her and clean up after your pet. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
If you suspect that you are suffering from an allergy, try these remedies:
* Get plenty of rest.
* Drink lots of fluids.
* Take antihistamines or other medications prescribed by your doctor.
* Avoid contact with your pet.
* Avoid being around other animals.
There are several different kinds of allergies. There are allergies to pollen, dust mites, animal hair and dander, insect bites, food and medication.
Some people have a sensitivity to the chemicals used in cleaning products. These chemicals can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. In addition, many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin and make it more susceptible to infection.
It is important to keep your home free of airborne particles such as pollen and dust. Pollen is a natural part of the air. However, if you live in an area where there is a lot of pollen, it may cause you to develop an allergy. Dust mites are microscopic creatures that live in dust. They cause allergies because they produce a protein that is similar to the protein found in the human body.
Allergies can be caused by the ingestion of certain foods. If you have an allergy to certain foods, you will probably have a reaction when you eat the foods.
An allergy is often a hereditary problem. However, if you have a family history of allergies, you may want to consider having your child vaccinated against allergies.
Many people are allergic to dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in bedding and carpeting. They produce allergens that trigger allergic reactions.
Insects such as mosquitoes, bees and wasps can also cause allergic reactions. Insect stings can lead to swelling, itching, pain and even anaphylactic shock.
A reaction to medication is called an allergy. Some drugs can cause an allergic reaction in certain individuals. The most common drug allergy is to penicillin. Penicillin is a common antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Some people who take penicillin develop a rash and/or hives.
If you suspect you have an allergy, see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment