Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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I'm Suddenly Allergic to Dogs

Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 09:28 AM


Question: Our dog died recently and we got a new puppy. Almost from the first day we had the new dog, I started having problems with what seems like an allergy – red eyes, sneezing, etc. I have never been allergic to dogs in the past. Can allergies come on later in life? I’m 55. Can there be something about this particular puppy, a Golden Retriever, that is a problem for me? Thanks for your help.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
You can develop an allergy at any time. It's the flakes from the animal's skin, called dander, not the fur that causes an allergic reaction. So even with a less hairy pet, you can be allergic. Wash your hands after playing with the puppy. You can limit the areas of the home where your puppy is allowed, keeping the dog out of the bedroom and the bed. HEPA filters are recommended by many physicians. These can be used in vacuum cleaners, too. Wash bedding frequently in hot water. Do not allow the pet in the car or, if you do, use washable seat covers. Clean and vacuum regularly.





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