Cat and Dog Allergies
68% of homes in the United States, which is roughly 85 million families, own a pet (1). In Chicago, it is not uncommon to across pets when walking around the city, in local neighborhoods, or even family get togethers. Many people unfortunately are allergic to their pets or when they come into contact with pets in public or other people's homes. This condition is often related to allergic rhinitis. For some people with asthma, pets can trigger their asthma symptoms to get worse.
The reason why pets cause allergic reactions is because of the proteins they carry in their skin, dander, urine and saliva. Pet hair can also carry pollen or mold spores from outside, which means they bring these allergic triggers into homes. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a "hypoallergenic" pet. Any pet can carry these proteins that cause allergies or worsen asthma. It does not matter how long or short their fur is.
Cat and dog allergies can really affect people who are near pets or even just around areas where pets have been. There are several treatments available to help with pet allergies. The experts at Chicago Allergy & Asthma are board certified in the treatment of cat or dog allergies. Schedule an appointment today to see how we can help treat your symptoms.
(1) 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA)