Pet allergy is very common. Patients are actually allergic to the dander which are tiny flakes of dead skin and hair. These particles are very small, become concentrated in the patients home over time, and are highly allergenic.
We love our pets and don’t want to lose them but the pet allergy can make us very sick over time. These symptoms include:
- Chronic congestion
- Recurring sinus infections
- Ear infections
- Nasal polyps
Even asthma can occur.
Pet Allergy Treatments
Allergy Medicine: Allergy medicines such as steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants can help but they don’t actually prevent the allergic reaction. These medicines simply cover up some of the symptoms.
Benefits of Allergy Drops
Fortunately allergy drop therapy
can be very effective as well as convenient and safe. Based on the same principle as allergy shots the allergy drops are a liquid of the allergens that bother the patient. Cat dander, dog dander, dust mite, mold, weeds, grasses, and trees that the patient is shown to be sensitive to on testing. Drops of this liquid are placed under the tongue daily to stimulate the immune system to develop antibodies to block the allergy.
Unlike medicines this form of therapy actually prevents the allergic reaction. It typically has no side effects and is very effective. Most patients will be free of allergy symptoms by 6-12 months and the drops can be stopped usually after three years of therapy with lasting results.
Schedule a Consultation
If you love you pets but your sinuses don’t, consider allergy testing and allergy drop therapy as we do for our patients. Contact
our Sinus & Snoring Specialists at 512.601.0303
to schedule a consultation today!
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