At McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic, a large number of our patients seek relief for allergies to pets, including dogs. Even if you feel quite certain that dogs are causing your allergies, however, it is a good idea to receive a formal diagnosis from an allergist.
The reason for this is that in some instances, those who believe they are reacting to their pets are actually reacting to other substances in the indoor environment, such as mildew, mold, dust mites, or even cockroach droppings. An allergy screening, which we typically administer by means of a puncture (or "prick") test, will give concrete evidence as to which allergens are affecting you.
If one of our physicians determines that you are indeed allergic to dogs, the favored method of treatment will most likely include measures of avoidance. Though it may be very difficult to do, the only real way to fully alleviate your dog allergies is to find a new home for your pet. If this is not an option for you, our physicians are happy to discuss other methods of treatment, including select medications.
To find out more about the symptoms of dog allergies and what you can do to reduce or eliminate them, we encourage you to contact our office. Our physicians can tailor a treatment program for you that takes into account the severity of your allergies as well as your schedule and lifestyle.