(WKBN) Many of us took home a new pet during the pandemic, not realizing we may have some allergies.
First News told a lot of stories about pet adoptions increasing during the pandemic, but what a lot of people may not have known before bringing home their new dog or cat is that they could be allergic.
People who are allergic to their pets may develop some chronic allergy symptoms.
Dr. Sandra Hong with the Cleveland Clinic said typically if you are allergic to your pet, youll start by having classic allergy symptoms.
Then over time, chronic symptoms can start to develop. She said those symptoms can be similar to sinus infections or asthma symptoms.
Typically when you live with something youre allergic to, like a dog or a cat, you dont get those acute symptoms of itchy, sneezy, drippy [noses] as much. You get more symptoms of stuffy [noses] and draining down the back of your throat, Dr. Hong said.
Dr. Hong recommends visiting an allergist to figure out what exactly the cause is. It could be your new pet or it could be the pollen its bringing in on its fur ...