Dog allergies commonly affect roughly 10-20% of people worldwide. These allergies arise when the immune system reacts to proteins in a dog’s dander, saliva, or urine. Common symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, and skin rash. In severe cases, it may trigger asthma or eczema. While exposure to any dog can cause allergies, some breeds are considered less likely to trigger reactions.
How Can Dog Allergy Symptoms Be Controlled?
Controlling dog allergy symptoms involves several strategies.
- Regular vacuuming and dusting can reduce allergens in the home.
- High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) purifiers can filter airborne dander.
- Frequent washing of the pet and their bedding can also help.
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots) may reduce sensitivity over time.
- Over-the-counter or prescription medications such as nasal steroids, antihistamines, and decongestants can alleviate symptoms.
Always consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice.
Are There Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds?
Regarding dog breeds that seem to cause less allergies, no breed is completely hypoallergenic, but some produce fewer allergens.
These include those with hair-like fur:
- Bichon Frise, and
- Shih Tzu
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Lagotto Romagnolo
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Those with short coats that shed less:
- Italian Greyhound
Individual responses vary, so spending time with a breed is crucial before bringing one home. If you suffer from dog allergies and need help managing symptoms and reactions, contact the ENT Centers of North Texas today and start imagining your life free from allergies!