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Signs That You Are Allergic to Dogs

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author image Casey Holley
Casey Holley is a medical writer who began working in the health and fitness industries in 1995, while still in high school. She has worked as a nutrition consultant and has written numerous health and wellness articles for various online publications. She has also served in the Navy and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health administration from the University of Phoenix.
Signs That You Are Allergic to Dogs
If you're allergic to dogs, you will likely experience a variety of symptoms when you are around them. Photo Credit John Howard/DigitalVision/Getty Images

Overview

Allergies to dogs are caused by dog dander. All dogs shed dander continuously. Dander is the microscopic bits of hair and skin that have a protein-based oil secretion on them. Because the dander varies slightly from one dog to another, it is possible for a person to have an allergic reaction to one dog and not another, even if it is the same breed. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to dogs are usually noticeable when you enter an area where the dog has been.

Skin Rashes

Allergies to dogs may cause a rash or tiny bumps on the skin. The rash is usually itchy. In some cases, this skin irritation will be located only where the dog has had direct contact with you. However, because dog dander is airborne, it is possible for this symptom to appear in areas that haven’t had any contact with the dog.

Respiratory Irritation

A runny nose and asthma-like symptoms are common signs of an allergy to dogs. If you start having these symptoms, wheezing or shortness of breath only when you are near a dog, you may be allergic to the dog. Generally, the symptoms can be alleviated with an over-the-counter allergy medication. However, children and those who are very sensitive to the dogs may need to consult an allergist for immunosuppressive therapy.

Itchy Eyes

Itchy eyes are another sign of an allergic reaction to a dog. Generally, this symptom will only be present when you touch your eyes with something that the dog has touched. However, if there is a considerable amount of dander around you, it is possible for your eyes to water without touching the dog.

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