Pets are a problem.Cat and dog hairs may aggravate eczema and even rodents can affect some people.Bird feathers are also a potential problem so the choice of a pet is limited: a goldfish might be worth considering.
Proteins found in the skin, saliva, and urine of furry pets such as cats and dogs are allergens. You cAnimal dander is the loose skin flakes that animals shed. This pet dander is the main cause of pet allergy symptoms. Pet allergies can be caused by the proteins in the hair, saliva, and urine of your beloved companion. When any of these pet allergens come in contact with your skin, they can cause an allergic reaction. Pet allergy symptoms can include:
- Sneezing, congestion, runny nose
- Itching, watery eyes
- Coughing and wheezing
- Eczema or rashes
There is no relationship between how long your pets hair is and how much dander its skin produces. However, your pet’s fur can collect allergens like pollen, dust, and mold spores from the environment. Having these other allergens present in your home will magnify your pet allergy symptomsan be exposed to dander when handling an animal or from house dust that contains dander.