Your dog allergy symptoms might feel like yet another cold. One that doesn’t disappear after a week or so. It’s called perennial or persistent allergic rhinitis. Breathing in dog allergens causes inflammation in the lining of your eyes and nose. This is what it could feel like:
- Blocked or stuffy nose
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Skin rash
People with allergies may find a blocked nose disrupts sleep. That can leave you low on energy and struggling to focus at work or school.
But you might have a different experience to someone else who is also allergic to dogs. It may not take much to trigger an allergic reaction. A simple scratch from a dog or a lick could cause skin rashes. You may get itchy eyes after petting a dog and then touching your eyes. Symptoms might appear very quickly or a few days later, depending on allergen levels and how sensitive you are.