If you have been diagnosed with eczema, you may have questions about your lifestyle and the choices you make on a day-to-day basis. One common topic of concern is the addition of a new pet into the home. As someone with eczema, here are some of the pros and cons to consider when adding a four-legged companion to your family.
Can I Get a Dog if I Have Eczema?
Many people with eczema own dogs and do not experience any issues. Some may find that certain dogs trigger an outbreak of eczema due to allergies, but there are many different breeds of dogs that can be perfectly suitable. So-called hypoallergenic dogs such as poodles can be a smart choice, as can short-haired dog breeds.
However, allergic reactions to dog hair are not the only possible concern. Sometimes, pet dander and saliva can also worsen eczema symptoms. Animals can even bring outdoor irritants into the home. These are all important factors that you should take into account when deciding if you should get a dog and while choosing a breed.
Should I Ask My Dermatologist About Getting a Dog?
If you are considering getting a dog, do your research beforehand to ensure that the type of dog you select is right for your particular needs and situation. Do a test run with a similar dog ahead of time if possible. If your friends or family have the dog breed you’re considering, spend some time at their place and look for any reactions.
You can also work with Dr. Linda J. Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology to help manage your eczema symptoms and prevent flare-ups while you’re caring for your new dog.
Tips to prevent dog-related eczema issues include:
- Keep your distance
- Vacuum regularly
- Ask about medications and treatment options
What Symptoms Might I Notice if I Get a Dog?
Dogs can cause immediate hypersensitivity reactions such as hives. They can also trigger allergy symptoms that can cause an eczema flare-up. In that situation, you may notice symptoms around your mouth and eyes. If you are unsure whether your dog is responsible for your eczema symptoms, contact our provider for assistance.
Who Can I Call For More Information Regarding Eczema in San Antonio, TX?
If you reside in the area and want to speak to Dr. Linda J. Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology about your condition and any lifestyle changes you are considering, now is the time to call her at 210-494-0504 to request an appointment. Consulting with our professionals before purchasing your furry friend is a smart decision in reducing the symptoms and flare-ups associated with eczema.