Seasonal and Pet Allergy Treatment In Houston, Texas
Seasonal and pet allergies are very common. They also run in families. If you have symptoms at certain times of year you may be allergic to pollen from flowers, grass and trees. If you have symptoms after being around or playing with a dog or cat, rabbit or bird, you may have pet allergies.
A pet allergy can contribute to constant allergy symptoms, as exposure can occur at work, school, day care or other environment. This can occur even if a pet is not present. Almost 62% of U.S. households have pets, and more than 161 million of these pets are cats and dogs.
The proteins found in a pet’s dander, skin flakes, saliva and urine can cause an allergic reaction or aggravate asthma symptoms in some people. Also, pet hair or fur can collect pollen, mold spores and other outdoor allergens.
Seasonal and Pet Allergy Symptoms
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Facial pain (from nasal congestion)
- Coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing
- Watery, red or itchy eyes
- Skin rash or hives
Diagnosing Seasonal and Pet Allergies
A skin-prick test is the most common way of diagnosing a seasonal or animal allergy. For this test, a small amount of an extract of allergen is placed on your skin. Your skin is then pricked to allow the liquid to seep under the skin. If you have swelling, redness, itching or other signs of a reaction, you are allergic. Results typically happen within 15 to 20 minutes.
Treatment for Seasonal and Pet Allergies
Staying inside during certain times of year, moving to a different place or giving up a pet in order to prevent allergy symptoms is not necessary. Our allergy treatments for seasonal and pet allergies can help.
For more information or to contact us directly and set up and appointment to discuss treatment call 281.713.9011