Sneezing, runny nose, and frequent itching are signs that you may have an allergy to dogs. Having an allergy to man’s best friend is a very unpleasant matter. Not only can the symptoms go from mild itching to severe reactions such as hives or asthma attacks, but it also means that those allergic to dogs may never know the pleasure of owning one.
What causes dog allergies? Most people think that it is the fur itself that causes the allergy, but this has been proven false by consistent lab tests. Fur, in and of itself is not the problem. The problem comes when allergens such as pollen, dust and chemicals become attached to the dogs fur. When you hug the dog, you will have a reaction, not to the fur, but to the allergens the dog picked up while outside.
The main causes of dog allergies are dander, saliva and urine. Dander refers to the dry skin cells that slough off the skin’s surface. If you have a breed with a dense, double coat such as a Newfoundland, dander can get caught in the fur. When the dog sheds, or when you hug your dog, the dander is further spread through the house wherever fur is left behind. One again, the fur is not making you sneeze, it’s the dander and allergens attached to the fur. The other two main culprits are saliva and urine. Saliva and urine contain proteins that cause the itchy skin, sneezing and respiratory allergies in people. So, are you ready to see which dogs can really be a problem for your allergies? Here are the 20 worst dogs for allergies.