Animal Dander

Overview of Animal Dander Allergy Induced Asthma

If animal dander gets into your lungs, then you may experience symptoms of asthma including: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness. Not only will you experience asthma symptoms, but also allergy symptoms such as: a runny nose or itchy eyes.

Causes of Animal Dander Allergy Induced Asthma

All animals produce dander and it is not only in the hair of animals. Dander can be in skin flakes, saliva, urine, feces, and hair as well. When these particles come into contact with your nose or mouth, then you will experience allergy and/or asthma symptoms.

Treatment of Animal Dander Allergy Induced Asthma

The best treatment is to avoid the animal. Most of the time, rehoming or having a pet live outside is impossible, so there are a few steps you can take to decrease pet dander in the home. A third of our life is spent inside of the bedroom, so if you do not allow the animal in the bedroom then your exposure to the allergen will decrease significantly. In the home, HEPA air filters and removing carpet are recommended. Washing the animal regularly will also decrease dander. Your physician may recommend allergy shots if these do not help.

If you do not yet have a pet and want to have one, then consider animals such as turtles, snakes, fish, or hermit crabs; as any pet with feathers or fur can produce dander. You may also want to spend time with a pet before getting it. If someone you know has an animal such as a hamster, interact with the animal and watch for any reactions to occur.

Animal Dander Asthma FAQ

Does pet dander affect asthma?
Pet dander is a major trigger for asthma. In an effort to reduce the chance of an asthma attack, it is important to take the necessary steps to reduce dander in your home.
Can animals trigger asthma?
Yes, animals and their dander is a major trigger for their asthma. There are many steps that can be taken to live with your animals though.
Can pet dander cause breathing problems?
Pet dander is known to cause breathing problems. Pet dander is an allergy that is known to cause an asthma attack.
Can you develop asthma from pet allergies?
Yes, you can have an asthma attack after being exposed to pet allergies. It can occur minutes or hours after exposure.