I always had pets growing up as a kid — dogs and cats, even a few parakeets. I also grew up in a house with two heavy smokers. I think this may have skewed my allergy indicators until I finally moved out on my own.
After I lived without cigarettes and pets in a tiny apartment for a while, I noticed that whenever I visited anyone with a furry family member I was overcome with allergies. Runny nose, sneezing, puffy eyes, the whole range of ugly symptoms.
After years of suffering, I decided to get tested and, lo and behold, I was allergic to pet dander.
A life without pets didn’t seem like a viable option to me, even though it would be years before I moved into a home where I could have pets. So I took nine shots each week for almost two years. I finally overcame my dander allergy and now I can be around just about any animal with no symptoms. Occasionally some dander will irritate my eyes, but it’s nothing that eye drops can’t cure in minutes.
Shots, like I did? Or maybe daily allergy meds, prescription or over-the-counter?
By the way, no dog is totally hypoallergenic, but many are far less irritating than others, like Bo, the Obama family Portuguese water dog chosen because Malia Obama suffers from allergies.
The worst solution is living without a pet at all, and avoiding visiting anyone with a pet. That’s a tough option, especially if you love animals.
Do you or any of your family or friends suffer from pets allergies but still want to have that human-animal connection?