Roughly 62 percent of American homes have pets, and an alarmingly high number of pet owners suffer from pet allergies. The actual allergen is the proteins found in the dander, saliva, skin flakes and urine of the pet. Additionally, outdoor pets tend to accumulate pollen, mold spores, or other allergens, which they may bring indoors.
Hypoallergenic animals, a myth?
Contrary to popular belief, there are no hypoallergenic animals, and the length of hair or amount of shedding really has no effect on allergies. Your allergy physician can develop a treatment plan to ensure that you can peacefully coexist with your furry friend.
Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are an effective treatment of allergies by building tolerance over time through gradually injecting increasing doses of an allergen.
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