26% of European adults coming to the clinic for suspected allergy to inhalant allergens are sensitised to cats and 27% to dogs (Consensus document on dog and cat allergy http://bit.ly/2qYqzMQ).
Consider the facts:
- 10 million American pet owners have allergies
- Allergies caused by protein in animal dander, saliva or urine, not by hair
- Belief that certain breeds are hypoallergenic is "a complete misconception"
- Medications available to treat symptoms, but best remedy is not to have pets
Like the 10 million American pet owners with allergies, the Coronados faced a dilemma: Can human and dog co-exist in the same house? "Our lives are so enriched because we have dogs and cats," she said.
"There's nothing that can be done except for avoidance. There's no cure. You're exposing yourself to high levels of allergens in your home. We generally recommend they should not have a pet. It's not recommended."
However, fewer than 50% of cat-allergic individuals report direct cat exposure (at home or elsewhere) (JACI, 2012).
More recently from WSJ: Pet Allergies No Deterrent for Determined Owners - Many endure wheezing, hives and more - WSJ http://buff.ly/1bSE7ZK
Mind map: Indoor allergens (click to enlarge the image).
Mind map: Animal Dander Avoidance (click to enlarge the image).
See more Allergy and Immunology mind maps at AllergyCases.org.
Allergic and wheezing, but still keeping pets. CNN, 12/2008.
CNN: What to do if you're allergic to your pet http://bit.ly/Eu74n
From the Blogosphere: Barrack Obama's Daughter Has Asthma, Gets a Hypoallergenic Dog
Indoor Allergen Avoidance. Allergy Cases.
Nonallergenic Dog? Not Really. NYTimes, 1997.
Hypoallergenic dogs won't help allergy sufferers much, says study http://goo.gl/KBr6W
Dealbreaker: He's Allergic to My Cat. GOOD magazine, 2012.
"You might think you’ve found the perfect dog or cat to suit your allergies, but experts say it doesn’t exist" http://goo.gl/9zUq3
Hypoallergenic dog breeds, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Image source: Yellow Labrador Retriever, Wikipedia, GNU Free Documentation License.