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Animal Stimulated Allergies

Among the majority of people, the more popular choices for pets are dogs, cats and birds. In choosing such pets, the benefits for their owners are based upon companionship, exercise, physicality, psychological and stimulation. However, for the allergy prone or susceptible it is these same pets that can bring about allergic reactions. To arrive at successful co-habitation between allergy-afflicted individuals and such domesticated animals it is necessary to explore the situation. The biggest challenge to the situation is found to be in the living arrangements between owners and their pets. Whether it is an apartment, condominium or house, the common areas of living space are generally shared by the pet owner and the pet. When human health is impacted by allergies due to a particular pet, medical intervention becomes a necessity. Upon the allergy-affected individual’s awareness that there is a problem, a health care professional will embark upon a course of action. Such action will be to identify the cause, examine symptoms and determine treatment options. At the root of the causes for either aggravating or stimulating allergies among people who are allergic to animals are: dander, feathers or fur. In addition to the more common household pets: guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, rats and horses emanate the same maladies. An allergy can be defined as an immune system disorder. Allergic reactions are a direct relevance of allergens. Reactions within the allergy-afflicted are acquired, routine and quick paced. An allergy is a variation of hypersensitivity. The intensity of such hypersensitivity is immediate in its form. Biological effects to people affected with an animal allergy include an extreme acceleration of white blood cells and the excessive production of basophils. Abnormal increases of these bodily elements are based upon an anti-body type referred to as lgE. Reaction to this level of intensity is recognized as an inflammatory response. To source the origin of a particular allergy would be through the analysis of genetics, hygiene hypothesis and/or environmental elements. Symptoms of animal-related allergies will include —

  1. Allergic Conjunctivitis
  2. Eczema
  3. Hay Fever
  4. Hives
  5. Itchiness
  6. Runny Nose
  7. Anaphylactic Shock (in extreme cases)
  8. Asthma (in extreme cases)

Any of the above symptoms in direct response to allergies stimulated by animals are categorized by three groups of occurrence — chronic, relapsing or remitting. Classifications within these categories fall into two areas — symptomatic and asymptomatic. Symptomatic classifying reveals demonstrated and presented symptoms of the person afflicted with allergies due to animals. Asymptomatic can be defined as realized symptoms for such allergy suffers, though lacking in presentation and demonstration. Another less frequent category exists that is referred to as either constitutional or generalized symptoms. This category is classified as the systemic effect to animal-related allergies. Symptoms of such category include anorexia, elevated fever, malaise and decrease in body weight. In the event that any of these animal stimulated allergy symptoms are realized by an afflicted person, a path towards allergy treatment is the definite course of action. Optimum health and well-being for people afflicted by animal-related allergies can be realized. Three distinct modes of treatment serve to control both allergic reactions and alleviate symptoms. These modes of allergy combatants are —

  1. Pharmaceutical
  2. Immunotherapy
  3. Environmental (in conjunction with prescribed treatment)

Administered medication from two of the modes can include —

  1. Anti-histamines
  2. Steroids
  3. Desensitizing immunizations

If you are suffering from animal sourced allergies or allergic reactions consult a health care professional. A physician trained in the field of allergies or allergist can test, diagnose, treat, relieve and manage your specific allergy. Disclaimer: The allergy information on this website is strictly general information and should not be taken as official advice. Please schedule an appointment with an allergy doctor in order to get a proper and full allergy diagnosis. This article was developed by Utah Allergy Associates of Utah and Adaptivity Pro Web Design

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