Animal Allergies

Pets are more than furry or feathered companions; they’re part of the family. Unfortunately, pet dander, saliva, and urine are common allergens for Atlanta area adults and children. Pet allergies can make interacting with the family pet, or even living in the same home, unbearable. When considering a furry, fluffy, or feathered addition to the family, it’s important to review any allergies or asthma that family members may have.

Animal Allergy Symptoms

Allergies have a wide range of severity. Sometimes pet allergies present minor symptoms, such as itchy eyes or a runny nose. In more serious cases, they can cause difficulty breathing or trigger an asthma attack. Listed below are some common pet allergy symptoms our metro Atlanta area allergy patients experience.

  • Sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, or a cough that lasts more than a week with no improvement
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Facial pressure and pain
  • Hives, rash, or itchy skin
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth, or throat
  • Postnasal drip
  • Swollen, blue-colored skin under eyes
  • Difficulty sleeping, or frequent awakening, as a result of coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pains or chest tightness

Anyone experiencing allergy symptoms for more than a week should visit a Georgia allergist for diagnosis and treatment. The best way to know if you, or a family member, have pet allergies is through a blood test or skin test administered by an Atlanta allergy doctor.

Animal Allergy Treatment

Treatment for pet allergies is highly individualized for patients depending on their allergy severity, personal needs, and lifestyle. With nine locations in the Atlanta area, the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia helps patients create a pet allergy treatment plan. Some possible pet allergy treatments for Georgia patients include:

  • Avoiding the allergen. This could mean having an outdoor pet, or limiting pet access to certain rooms, like bed rooms.
  • Lifestyle changes. These could include enhanced daily cleaning routines, new allergen reducing air filters, and replacing carpet flooring with hardwood or tile.
  • Allergy medications. Your Atlanta allergist will work with you to determine an allergy medication that meets your needs.
  • Allergy shots. Immunotherapy is a long term solution for severe allergens encountered on a daily basis.
  • Allergy drops. Allergy drops are also a long term treatment option for some patients with pet allergies.

Contact the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

When you or a family member experience pet allergy symptoms for more than a week, it’s important to seek medical relief. The board-certified Atlanta allergists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help. Call (404) 994-3574 to schedule an appointment today.We have convenient Georgia locations in Alpharetta, Carrollton, Villa Rica, Newnan, Peachtree City / Fayetteville, Acworth / Kennesaw, Smyrna/Vinings, Acworth/Kennesaw and Douglasville.