Are you allergic to your dog?

People who are allergic to dogs may experience a rash, hives, or watery eyes when exposed to dog saliva or dog dander.
In many cases, symptoms of a dog allergy are mild, and a person may still be able to live with a dog if they can manage their symptoms. Some home remedies can reduce symptoms. However, the only truly effective way to eliminate dog allergies is to avoid exposure to dogs.
In this article, we look at symptoms of allergic reactions to dogs and ways to manage them, including home remedies and medical treatments.
Specific symptoms and when they occur depend on the severity of the allergy. People who have severe allergic reactions to dogs may experience symptoms soon after exposure, while those with more minor allergies may take longer to develop symptoms.

Symptoms include:
– a skin rash that is red or consists of small, red, raised bumps called hives
– nasal congestion
-a runny nose and sneezing
-itchy, red, and watering eyes
– coughing
– wheezing
– tightness in the chest and shortness of breath
Lifestyle tips that can reduce the impact of dog allergies include:

-avoiding touching eyes or face after contact with dogs
-washing hands with soap after contact with dogs
-avoiding close contact with dogs, such as hugging or kissing them
-using a vacuum cleaner designed to trap and contain airborne allergens
-cleaning the house, washing the bedding weekly, and keeping the house tidy
-cleaning more often during winter months
-restricting dogs to specific rooms or spaces

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