Pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, saliva or urine. Symptoms of pet allergy are similar to those of hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Some people may also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Most often, pet allergy is triggered by exposure to the dead flakes of skin (dander) a pet sheds. Any animal with fur can be a source of pet allergy, but pet allergies are most commonly associated with cats, dogs, rodents and horses. Other pets that may cause allergies are:
- Guinea pigs
- Hamsters and gerbils
These types of allergic reactions can usually be controlled by simple avoidance techniques, medication therapy and/or immune desensitization (allergy shots or drops).
Bee and Wasp Allergies
Bee and wasp stings are common outdoor nuisances. In most cases, home treatment is all that’s necessary to ease the pain of the sting. But if you’re allergic to bee or wasp stings and you get stung numerous times, you may have a more serious reaction that requires emergency care. People are severely allergic to bee and wasp stings can go into shock and possibly even die.