Guinea Pig, Ferret, and Hamster Allergies
Caged animals are very common pets, particularly for younger children. Although cute and cuddly, they are a very common source of allergies. Additionally, the droppings of caged pets are a source of bacteria, dust, fungi, and mold. The cages of these pets should not be cleaned by allergic individuals.
Horse allergies affect nearly 4% of people with allergies. Horse dander is able to travel long distances in the air, and has been reported to be found hundreds of yards away from horse stables. In fact, certain people with dog and cat allergies may be at a higher risk for having horse allergies. This is due to an allergen inducing protein, which is cross reactive between horses, dogs, and cats. These patients may experience allergy symptoms with exposure to horses.
Symptoms of horse allergy include allergic rhinitis and asthma, and 50% of people with exposure to horse barns report respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Treatment for horse allergy can include a combination of medications (such as antihistamines and nasal sprays), and/or allergy injections. Allergy injections to horses has been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of horse allergies.
At Advanced Allergy and Asthma, we strongly believe that you shouldn’t have to get rid of your pet. We would prefer to help you decrease your symptoms around pets so you can enjoy being around them! Schedule an appointment today so that we can help you get your allergies under control.