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Other pets

  • rabbit
  • hamster
  • guinea pig
  • rat
  • mouse
  • bird
  • etc.

Often purchased for youngsters, these smaller pets quickly become their best friends and help them learn how to care and respect animals.Sometimes, the child or some of his family members develop an allergy to their saliva and hair.

Symptoms

Frequently start with mild symptoms (watery eyes, sneezing, a local redness after petting). These initial symptoms rapidly faint by themselves once contact with the animal is over.

More serious symptoms are: tenacious rhinitis, conjunctivitis resisting to any treatment, difficult breathing, eventually asthma.

How can we keep it under control?

Before the allergy is declared, the best thing is to avoid the allergen altogether (i.e. do not keep a pet in the appartment)If the pet is already part of the family:

  • pets should never sleep in bedroom
  • litter box must be changed quite regularly
  • wash hands each time after touching pets and/or changing litter
  • never carry pets to bed or sofa (avoid allergenic hairs or feathers remaining there)

Diagnosis

Patient history, skin prick-tests & blood tests (IgE dosage) will enable clear identification of allergens responsible for allergies.TreatmentIn addition to eviction (separation from the allergenic source), usual treatment is medication.Desensitization is possible, but results are not always convincing.

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