Ditch the dog? Kick out the cat?

Just for the record, SRxA bloggers love animals. We’re also kind to old people and want world peace…but that’s another story!

Anyway, we were alarmed to learn recently that of the 600 million or more people worldwide who are affected by allergic rhinitis,  a significant proportion suffer because of allergies to their own pets. According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, an estimated 10% of the US population may have pet allergies as do 20-30% of people with asthma.

A research article penned by Don Bukstein, MD published late last year in Allergy and Asthma Proceedings recommends that people with pet allergies should try to avoid animal dander altogether.

He acknowledges, however, that most patients would rather get rid of their doctor than be parted from “Felix” or “Fido”.

Because of this, he suggests that those with pet allergies should be started on routine immunotherapy.

Would you rather have allergy shots than give up your pet?  SRxA’s Word on Health wants to hear from you.