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If animals make you sick

The desire of many people for a pet is understandable. Dogs make for more movement in everyday life. Often a furry companion helps to combat loneliness, we experience most of the animals as a facing, unbiased partner. And Pets , no matter what, apply right now in the Winter as a mood enhancer.

Allergy sufferers can bring an animal, however, additional problems into the house. If sensitive people benefit from the positive effects a pet can not always immediately answer.

A good point of contact, which informs in case of such issues, the Allergy centre Switzerland in Bern, short Aha. The independent patient organisation advises the person Concerned, and organises consultations and training for professionals, authorities, or companies. The interdisciplinary Team also Sereina de Zordo. As a food scientist and Allergy expert, you can understand the Dilemma for Pets: "A family history with allergies, the decision-making more difficult", white. "But not every bias necessarily mean a no to a pet. It is important to first of all, the Situation right in front of the eyes."

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For expert de Zordo, there are only two reasons for a " no " to animals: "there is already a pet Allergy, this is a stop signal, because the fur and missing hair, the allergens are spread from glands or saliva." Because of the permanent contact with the Allergy triggers to be programmed. The other reason for Exclusion for an Animal, according to de Zordo respiratory allergies, particularly Asthma: "patients are already burdened permanently, for example by house dust mites or Pollen. Pets provide an additional Trigger, so even stronger symptoms and in the worst case, a deterioration of lung function." Here, too, the expert of the Allergy centre of Pets discourages.

In the case of other allergies, however, nothing against a pet, even if a genetic predisposition of the parents is known. "Who wants to go, should talk to their doctor or equal to a allergist," says de Zordo. "Various investigations will help the health condition."

"Not any biasing means, a no to a pet." Sereina de Zordo, an expert at the Allergy centre Switzerland Aha

In the case of pre-loads, the Allergy centre, especially animals without feathers, and fur. While there are, for example, in the case of dogs, special breeds for Allergy sufferers. "A guarantee that you can keep those animals free of symptoms, does not exist," admits de Zordo.

For Allergy sufferers best animals without fur, so reptiles and fish are suitable. Lizards and snakes, however, are not recommended for children. Understandable, because the desire of the loved one, a pet to Cuddle. But even in the supposedly harmless reptiles and fish, the Allergy source in the feed is lurking. So dried can molluscs and crustaceans or insects for Food allergens.


Allergy test should have at the time of first contact with a pet your medication in easy reach. Because an animal in a home changes the stimulus situation and is something different than the random, brief encounter with animals at the neighbors or on the go. For a family with children in which the parents are biased, we recommend a test: it assumes, for example, the animals of a friend's family in vacation care. Such a trial gallop not only helps to test the compatibility, but children also, which ones Work, and which responsibilities are connected with an animal.

Under all the fur-bearing animals cats, represent the greatest risk of Allergy. This is due to a special Protein they secrete. Someone on cats is allergic, they are not an Option. "Whether it's a fur animal is, you have to discuss with an allergist," says a professional woman de Zordo. Or, an even safer Option: a select the animal that can be kept in an outdoor enclosure such as, for example, rabbit or certain dog breeds.

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But what to do if the pet is already in the family and the Allergy occurs later? Before this Situation, Hanny Hunziker stood in front of three and a half years. Of the current Pensioner from Kriens, LU is familiar with hay fever, but I never had any other allergic problems. The big change is the brake brought the bite of an Ross. "There was a wound that would not heal," recalls the Lucerne.

Various Tests at the doctor ended up worrying: "The skin doctor diagnosed with a pet Allergy. That was a shock, I had at that time two dogs at home." The Lucerne gave a pug and a big dog. Until then, she had had no problems, just had to sneeze a little more often. A Symptom that had you explained yourself with your well-known hay-fever, now got a new Dimension. "The doctor said promptly against the dogs, which depressed me a lot," says Hunziker. Your family doctor, himself a dog owner, you are encouraged to try it anyway with the dogs, but with appropriate safety precautions.

dog is equal to dog

Shortly after the diagnosis, the symptoms in the case of Hanny Hunziker increased. She watched then carefully, and found that they responded to your dogs different: While your dog did hardly any symptoms, triggered the pug even an allergic shock.

So she had to search with a heavy heart for him a new home. The second beast, cattle dog Miro, not wanted to give it but also. Hanny Hunziker developed a Routine that she lives in the meantime, almost complaint-free: to your nose, mucous membranes you grease for protection on a regular basis, for the eyes you can use artificial tear. And: The dog care is taking place outside. Allergy medication must, take as before, only against your hay fever.

"With the responsibility for small children, I would have decided differently," the Pensioner. Especially because the Phase of trial and error have lasted well over a year. "For me personally, but it was the right decision. I'm Miro guilty. He is, after all, an old animal that I already know will be life long."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 16.12.2018, 18:42 PM

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