Allergy to mold - animal dander - dust - Treatment
Indoor allergies; Pet allergies; Dust allergies; Mold allergies; Animal dander allergy
The best treatment is to avoid being around molds, dander, dust.
See the following articles for specific treatment options:
Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are occasionally recommended if the substance you are allergic to cannot be avoided and if symptoms are hard to control.
Most symptoms of allergies to mold, dander, and dust can be readily treated, and regular treatment can minimize the symptoms.
In some cases (particularly in children), people may outgrow an allergy as the immune system becomes less sensitive to the allergen. However, as a general rule, once a substance causes allergies for an individual, it can continue to affect the person long term.
The most severe cases of allergic rhinitis from these allergens may require allergy shots.
- Anaphylaxis (a rare but severe allergic reaction)
- Drowsiness and other side effects of antihistamines
- Frequent ear infections (otitis media) in children
- Hives or other skin rashes
- Sinus infections
Calling your health care provider:
Call your health care provider if severe symptoms of allergy occur, if previously successful treatment has become ineffective, or if symptoms do not respond to treatment.
- Reviewed last on: 6/29/2010
- Paula J. Busse, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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