Though many people love pets, there are some who have cannot be in their presence easily due to allergic responses. When you have allergies the symptoms include wheezing and itching, nasal congestion, rashes, headaches and various other discomforts.
This can create a dilemma because pets give us such a psychological comfort. If you care for and cuddle with a pet, often anxiety is reduced. Some people also say it has helped with their blood pressure. People spend thousands of dollars on vet bills each year as their pet is part of their family.
Consulting with an allergist can help you to understand the allergic reactions to pets. Depending on the degree, you may not be able to go to someone's home that has a dog or cat. Some people will try to test out if taking shots can desensitize them to the issues. There are also over the counter medications but to take them daily can be a toll on your system. Sometimes a choice needs to made and a pet must be given away.
Many researches have revealed that allergies are not caused because of the animal hair but by the allergens created by the saliva of the animal or other bodily fluids. However, there are complications such as that when the animal comes in from outside mold spores, pollen and other allergens are brought inside.
If you know that allergies run in the family, don't commit to having a pet without a trial period. Some people with mild allergies can have minimal symptoms if there is little pet cuddling, good cleaning practices and the use of a HEPA air filter. However, many with allergic reactions cannot handle having a pet in the home and it would not be wise to have a constant trigger for respiratory problems.
Often the psychological comfort is due to feeling that the pet won't judge you and will give you unconditional love.