As pet allergies become more common in households across the World, many people start to wonder the cause of pet allergies.
Where are the allergens found?
Although many are quick to point out that the fur is responsible for the allergy, it isn’t. The main cause of the allergy is dander, invisible tiny flakes of skin. These dander particles are very sticky hat means that they are easily carried on clothes, furniture and carpets.
The allergens are also found in the pet’s saliva which is spread in the pet’s body when they start licking themselves. The pet saliva then spreads to also carpets, furniture and even bedding if you let your pet enter the bedrooms.
For the most part these allergens are harmless, unless you have a weak immune system. A weak immune system will perceive these allergens as a serious threat to your health, releasing all the counter-measures to fight them. These measures manifest as the symptoms of the pet allergy. For example the runny nose and watery eyes help you wash away the allergens from the nose and eyes.
The body also produces an antibody to fight the allergen called immunoglobulin E (IgE)
Discovering the cause of pet allergies
All of this that happens inside your body will affect future exposure to the allergens. The next time you are close to a pet, cat or dog, the antibody will trigger the release of histamine. This again will give you all the pet allergy symptoms (dripping nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes, sore throat, etc)
It is important to recognize these symptoms to take prompt action against the allergy, if you think you have pet allergy consult with a health professional as soon as possible, specially if you have asthma.