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Dog allergy: Symptoms from dog dander

  1. Patients with a dog allergy suffer from, among other things, a rash, hives or watery eyes when they come into contact with dog saliva, dander or urine from dogs. Often the symptoms of a dog allergy are mild, but some patients suffer from a severe dog allergy. Preventing allergy symptoms completely is possible by avoiding exposure to dogs. However, a number of home remedies in most cases alleviate the symptoms so that the patient can still live with the dog after a few adjustments.

Causes: By contact with saliva, skin flakes or urine

  1. Contrary to popular belief, the dog's hair or coat does not cause allergy symptoms. This is because patients usually have an allergic reaction to the dander (flakes of dead skin cells), but sometimes an allergic reaction to saliva and urine occurs. This causes both long-haired and short-haired dogs

Diagnosis and investigations

  1. The patient receives a skin prick test from the allergist to diagnose allergies. During a skin-prick test, an allergist puts a droplet containing a small amount of dog protein on the skin. He then makes a small injection into the skin so that the mixture can penetrate into the skin. Most patients who are allergic to the mixture will have an allergic reaction within 15 to 30 minutes. A blood test


  1. Patients who are allergic to dogs usually opt to make some lifestyle adjustments, such as cleaning the house more often. Over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines and nasal decongestants, also reduce allergy symptoms. Patients with more severe or chronic dog allergies should see a doctor. He prescribes medications or recommends therapies to control symptoms. Dog allergies are a common trigger for allergic conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis

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