- Shortness of breath or heavy breathing
- Wheezing, severe coughing
- Pain and tightness in the chest
- Sleeping difficulties due to persistent cough and breathlessness
Now to answer the question, how long does pet allergy symptoms last?
Pet allergy symptoms may last for about 7 to 10 days or until the allergen is still present. Symptoms may subside for some time, but it will eventually come back when triggered by the same allergen.
Can I Still Have a Pet Even Though I Have Pet Allergies?
The best way to deal with pet allergies is not to have pets. If you are aware that you have pet allergies, getting a dog or a cat is not advisable. But if you are already a pet owner, abandoning or giving away your cat or dog is not an option. Instead, you need to take more serious precautions that can help reduce your allergic reactions.
If you badly want a pet, you can try researching for breeds that are more compatible for people with allergies. Remember, allergen-free dogs and cats do not exist. All breeds of cats and dogs have allergens. It is just a matter of what breed does not trigger severe allergic reactions.
How to Prevent and Manage Pet Allergies?
Here are preventive measures you can take to lessen the frequency and severity of your allergic reaction:
- Wash your hands after playing with your pet. It is also best to take a bath and change clothes to get rid of irritants on your body.
- Allocate an area where your pet can stay.
- Keep your pets away from couches, beds, and other upholstered furniture. Pet dander tends to stick to upholstered furniture.
- Having a dog house outside is a nice way to effectively prevent any pet-related allergic reactions.
- Give your dog a bath at least twice a week.
- Regularly dust and clean your home to eliminate allergens. Frequently vacuum the floors and other surfaces, carpets, rugs, bedding, curtains, and other upholstered fixtures inside the house.
- A HEPA air filter machine is also a good investment for a person with allergies. Make sure to put the air filter in places where the person with allergies often stays.
- Do your research before getting a pet. If having a pet is something you truly want, do your research first and find the breed that is best compatible with your condition.
- Always take your antihistamine, or other prescribed medications when needed.
- Immediately seek medical attention if your allergic reaction worsens.
Having a pet is a big responsibility, especially for people with a pet allergy. If you are still debating whether to get a pet or not, it is still the best choice not to get one. Not because you are going to be a bad pet owner, but because your condition can hinder the quality time you will be spending with your little buddy.
However, if you want a pet, just make sure to strictly follow preventive measures so you can enjoy playtime and cuddles with your furry companion despite your allergies.
Learn more about Allergies here.