If you are planning to get a dog or a cat as a pet, then you would be well advised to check in with
your physician so that he can run an Individual-Animal Cat Dander test or more commonly known as
the cat and dog allergy test. This test is simple enough, and should make it clear as to whether you
are allergic to cats or dogs or both. If you have started displaying some of the symptoms listed below,
then chances are that you are indeed allergic to cats or dogs and need to consult your physician right
away to help alleviate some of these symptoms.
Some of the symptoms associated with cat, dog allergies happen to be –
Coughing, especially if the cat or dog is nearby
Skin rash, welts
If any of these sound familiar, you should consult with your doctor right away.
Your doctor would first assess your symptoms before ordering for an animal dander allergy test. You need to inform your doctor whether you are currently taking any anti-allergy medication for your current condition as this can impact the results of your test. You do not have to undergo any special preparation for this test as it can be administered right away. And of course, you would be well advised to stay away from cats and dogs, pending the results of your test.
This test is mainly used to determine whether you are currently allergic to dogs and cats; and once confirmed, you would be required to stay away from all dogs and cats. Additionally, you can carry out these tips to better safeguard your health – Vacuum your carpets and upholstery regularly to remove all traces of animal dander Avoid going near cats or dogs Use a good air filter, HEVA grade to mop any dander out of the room Soon, you should be able to get back to normal once your allergic reactions subside.
You would have to roll up your sleeves, as your doctor preps your arm to take a blood sample, directly from your vein. The sample is then collected in a sterile container which is then sent to the laboratory. It will be checked for IgE antibodies, specific to the allergen in question, which should help confirm your intolerance to animal dander. The results of the test should become available within half an hour, post which your doctor would prescribe a course of anti-allergy medication.
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