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Dr. Lubitz's Advice For People With Dog Allergies

Patients allergic to dogs, are allergic to the dog's saliva. However, typical allergic symptoms are not as a result of coming in direct contact with the dog's saliva. Instead, when the dog grooms itself by licking its fur and skin it deposits its saliva. They saliva dries, leaving behind the protein antigen that are the source of allergy to dogs. These allergens (dog saliva antigens) are very light-weight and are easily aerosolized. Once air-borne the antigen can spread to clothes, furniture, carpeting, or any other household item. Allergy to dogs is not as problematic as allergy to cats, primarily because:

Dogs are usually kept outside
Dogs are kept outside of bedrooms
Dogs are washed regularly
Once dog allergy is confirmed, the best way to decrease allergy symptoms is to remove the dog from the home. Also, there are less dramatic means to improve or eliminate dog allergy symptoms, this includes the use of medications and allergy immunization.