Peeking into the World of Pet Allergies

According to recent statistics, there are roughly three pets for every American in the United States. Thats a lot of pets! And while most pets ” dogs, cats, bunnies ” are cute, cuddly, and adorable, many cause serious allergies to the humans they come in contact with. Pets that are most likely to cause an allergic action are ones with fur or feathers. People with other allergies, like asthma, ought to be careful as they are the prime victims of pet allergies.

A person with pet allergies could be susceptible to a certain type of pet, or even just a certain breed of that pet-type and be totally unaffected by other types of pets. On the other hand, some people are allergic to multiple types of pets regardless of type or breed. Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies. This is likely due to the fur factor of cats and the rate in which they shed their hair. While cats and dogs are the primary cause of pet allergies, there are numerous other animals (such as hamsters, birds, mice, guinea pigs, horses, or cows) that are also know to cause allergic reaction.

Individuals that have hyper-sensitive immune systems are high at-risk to pet allergies as their immune system reacts negatively to the animals allergens (harmless proteins) generally found in the pets saliva, fallen hair, or urine. Some of the most common symptoms and reactions are swollen eyes, red nose, runny nose, puffy face, itchy skin, and a rash. How quickly these symptoms appear depending greatly on how sensitive the person is to the pets allergen. People with mild sensitivity may not experience any allergic sign for hours after contact with the critter however, during the night, the symptoms are known to come in full force.

Persons with super-sensitivity to pet allergens may find themselves battling with allergic reactions only minutes after contact. Individuals prone to asthma should take special care as contact can trigger a brutal asthma attack, initiate severe nasal congestion, skin irritation, or other respiratory difficulties. The best way to avoid pet allergies is to stay away from animals with fur, chiefly cats and dogs. There is also meditation that helps alleviate allergic reactions. However, if youre a pet lover and cant stand the thought of living without one, why not try getting an animal or reptile that doesnt contain feathers or fur? That way you can enjoy the comfort and pleasure of having a pet, without having to deal with serious health problems and side-affects that typical pets bring.