Can pet allergies be prevented?

The best way to prevent pet allergies is to avoid exposure to animals that cause an allergic reaction. Following your doctor’s recommended regimen of allergy medication can minimize your reactions and reduce symptoms when you are around animals.

For some people, allergy shots (immunotherapy) offer a long-term treatment solution to managing pet allergies. Each time you have an allergy shot, your body responds by lowering your sensitivity to the allergen. Depending on your unique situation, allergy shots may help prevent pet allergy symptoms even after you stop receiving this treatment. Talk with your doctor about whether allergy shots may be a good choice for you.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/25/2018.

References

  • American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Pet Allergies. Accessed 2/14/2018.
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Allergies. Accessed 2/14/2018.
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Allergic Reactions. Accessed 2/14/2018.
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Pet Allergy. Accessed 2/14/2018.
  • National Institutes of Health. Pets & Animals. Accessed 2/14/2018
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