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This Dog Dander Allergy Test is used to determine whether or not you are allergic to dog dander. Dander is a microscopic substance that can easily adhere to clothing or surfaces, so even if you don’t have a dog in your home, you can still be subjected to these allergens. Dander allergies can cause itchy or watery eyes, rashes, and even respiratory ailments. Unlike comparable animal allergy tests which can subject the body to potentially harmful allergens, this Priority Lab Testing test is conducted by way of a relatively painless blood draw. If you haven’t been tested for cat dander allergies, consider saving time and money by taking a cat and dog dander allergy test. To identify this specific allergy, order our Dog Dander Allergy Test today.
For our dog dander allergy test, simply place your order online and stop by one of our 4000+ nationwide testing facilities at your convenience (no appointments). A member of the center’s staff will collect a small blood sample via the skin prick method, at which point your part of the process is done.
The sample collection itself takes only a few minutes, and most patients are in and out and about their day in under half an hour. From there, your sample will be processed in a CLIA-certified laboratory, and in as little as 24-72 hours, you’ll have full results regarding your dog dander intolerance.
Pet dander is one of the most common allergens in the world. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 15–30 percent of Americans have pet allergies. While Dog dander allergies are not as prevalent as cat allergies here in the United States, allergic reactions to dog dander tend to be more severe.
The function of your immune system is to fight off invaders, but sometimes it makes mistakes. If you have a dog dander allergy, you probably have an overzealous immune system that mistakenly reacts to the proteins in your dog’s dander. The immune system subsequently releases a chemical histamine, which causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
The allergens present in dog dander (flakes of dead skin), hair, and saliva easily disperse in the air. When you come into contact with them, these allergens can land on the membranes that line the eyes and nose. You can also inhale these allergens into your airways. Coming into contact will a dog danger can cause the following symptoms:
Individuals with dog dander allergies have different levels of sensitivity to these allergens. Symptoms can be mild or severe. Symptoms may not appear for several days after exposure to dog dander if your sensitivity or allergen levels are low. Because dog dander can travel on people’s clothes, you don’t have to own a dog to be exposed to the allergen.
Our cat dander allergy test measures a substance called immunoglobulin E (IgE) in your blood, an antibody your immune system makes when it detects an allergen. It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but you can interpret the results of your dog dander allergy test by yourself.
You will receive your test results via our secure portal. It’s crucial that you take your time to interpret your results accurately to understand your status. When looking at your dog dander allergy test results, you will most likely see the name of the test, a ‘result,’ ‘reference range,’ and ‘flag’ columns.
The ‘reference range’ refers to the threshold for an allergic reaction. The ‘result’ shows a numerical value indicating your sensitivity to the allergen. The ‘flag’ column shows whether you are allergic or not. The outcome of the dog dander allergy test in the ‘flag’ column will be described as either normal/unreactive or abnormal/reactive. The latter indicates an allergic reaction to dog dander and vice versa.
Some individuals with a dog allergy may also experience symptoms when exposed to cat dander. That’s because the proteins that trigger allergic reactions in sensitized individuals are the same. But it’s also possible to experience allergic reactions to dog dander and not cat dander. We recommend the Cat Dander Allergy Test to know for sure.
In sensitized individuals, exposure to dog dander can trigger an allergic reaction. You don’t have to come into physical contact with a dog to be exposed.
An IgE test is the easiest way to find out if you have a dog dander allergy. This blood test will detect allergen-specific IgE in your blood to determine if you have dog dander allergies.
It may take a few days to get the results of your dog dander allergy test. However, most IgE tests usually take 24-72 hours.
If you are allergic to dog dander, your healthcare provider may recommend a plan to help you manage your symptoms. The plan may involve reducing exposure, symptom relief, and an emergency plan.