Dog • Canis lupus familiaris
Conditions: Allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; skin rash.
Symptoms: Itchy, stuffy, or runny nose; post-nasal drip; sneezing; itchy, red or watery eyes; asthmatic symptoms; wheezing; skin rash, and hives.
Environmental factors: Dander can collect on furniture, bedding, carpet, as well as human skin and clothing; due to its thin sticky layout, it is easily transported and found in classrooms, homes, etc..
Dogs produce a protein called Can F1 and Can F11 which is found in the dog’s glands underneath the skin as well as the saliva and urine. This protein is attached to the dog dander, which can go airborne and cause allergic reactions.
Cross-reactivity: Extensive cross-reactivity among different breeds of dog can be expected.
- “Allergic to Your Pet? Learn about Dog and Cat Allergies.” AAFA. http://www.aafa.org/page/pet-dog-cat-allergies.aspx
- “Dog.”Merriam-Webster. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog
- “Dog Allergies.”WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/dog-allergies#1
- “Pet Dander.” American Lung Association. http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/indoor/indoor-air-pollutants/pet-dander.html
Did You Know?
Just as with cat allergies, a truly non-allergic, or “hypoallergenic,” dog does not exist. Pollen and dust can get trapped in fur which may also be the culprit of allergic reactions.