Allergies to dogs are essentially similar to all other allergies, and are equally notorious. They are predominated by the same typical features of stuffy and runny nose, watery and blood-shot eyes, bronchospasm, sneezing and wheezes, along with the endless itching all over the skin if hives take the better of you. Severe allergies may however result in a life-threatening condition known as anaphylactic shock where a person goes into severe hypotension and eventually dies if prompt treatment is not given.
How to treat the condition?
Allergic reaction, when occurs, is extremely uncomfortable and the patient doesn’t find relief unless the offending agent is removed. In addition, symptomatic relief has to be provided to the patient with various drugs. Get the patient away from the site of exposure. This is perhaps the most important and foremost step because without it, the allergen will continue to enter the body and will therefore continue to trigger the release of more and more histamine; the cult of all the disasters.
Administration of relevant drugs is extremely important in order to counteract the effects of histamine already circulating in the body. These include anti-histamines and de-congestants. Antihistamines get rid of a runny nose, excessive lacrimation and itching, while de-congestants ‘open up’ the so called ‘blocked nose’ feeling the patient has.
How to save yourself from trouble?
Although allergies are treatable, the best policy is to save yourself from situations where you might run the risk of acquiring them. First of all, never come close to a dog. Don’t visit your friend who has a dog and don’t get a dog pet no matter what. Especially avoid dogs with long hairs or excessive fur because although the fur is not the only body part that has allergens in it, it is certainly the most common dog allergen to cause trouble.
Because you know you are allergic, it is mandatory that you maintain cleanliness where you live. This is because the basic cause of allergy is the abnormally high IgE level which may respond to more than one type of allergen. Scrub your shelves and books of all the dust, make sure your carpets are free from ticks and mites and get your entire wardrobe dry-cleaned during season changes. Install an air cleaner to ensure that the air entering your room gets filtered of all the unnecessary substances that might in any way risk your usual state of health.