Human Allergies to Dogs - Pet Education

Allergies and atopy often cause skin problems in dogs including itching and ear infections
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Veterinarians who limit their practice to dogs and cats see a lot of skin problems. There are numerous conditions that cause problems with a dog or cat's skin, but the most common, by far, is allergies.
Baths help to control the amount of allergens on your dog’s skin, as long as avoid anything that will irritate or dry out their skin.
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Skin reactions from allergies are often located under the front legs, around the face and groin, or between the toes. Most dogs develop food allergies after they reach 3 years old. Dog skin allergies are the least common allergy found in dogs. Irritation and symptoms can occur immediately, or within 24-48 hours of contact.
Photo provided by FlickrDogs that develop allergies may experience inflamed and itching skin, respiratory disorders, and chronic skin and ear infections
Photo provided by FlickrSun allergy (solar dermatitis) in dogs causes skin irritation in any part of the skin exposed to sunlight on a regular basis
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Allergies to dogs are caused by dog dander. All dogs shed dander continuously. Dander is the microscopic bits of hair and skin that have a protein-based oil secretion on them. Because the dander varies slightly from one dog to another, it is possible for a person to have an allergic reaction to one dog and not another, even if it is the same breed. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to dogs are usually noticeable when you enter an area where the dog has been.Pet allergies are one of the most common medical problems and people commonly seek medical advice for dealing with them. The doctors who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you in greater detail include your primary care doctor. Allergies to dogs are quite common, and are usually provoked by allergens in the dead dry skin that flakes off of the dog and settles on furniture and other surfaces and also floats in the air. Dog allergies most commonly manifest as itchy eyes, nasal congestion and sneezing, and in more serious cases cough, wheezing, and asthma like symptoms. However, skin rash can also be a symptoms. The common rash is 'hives' which are itchy and come and go in patches over the skin, just as you describe. In other words, it is highly likely that this rash is a reaction to the dog, but you also should consider other possible exposures which may be new (soaps, laundry detergents, chemicals, etc). As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular concerns will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Setting up an office visit with your primary care doctor might be indicated. Allergies to dogs may cause a rash or tiny bumps on the skin. The rash is usually itchy. In some cases, this skin irritation will be located only where the dog has had direct contact with you. However, because dog dander is airborne, it is possible for this symptom to appear in areas that haven’t had any contact with the dog.The medical term for scratching related to excessive itching is pruritus. This is the second most common reason people take their dogs to the vet (gastrointestinal problems such as top the list). The causes of pruritus can be quite complex, but there are two main reasons why dogs itch. The first has to do with the condition of the skin itself: Is it infected? Is it too oily? Is it too dry? Of these three, dry skin is a frequent occurrence. The second major cause of pruritus is allergies.