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leighvip posted:
I received the results of my son's bloodwork for his allergy testing. His RAST score was 642 showing he was allergic to dogs, cats, and dust mites. My question is should I get rid of the dog or will I be able to do things now that I know what he is allergic too. Thanks for any help.
coughy16 responded:
It would probably depend on the degree of his allergy to dogs & whether being around the dog causes symptoms. You should have a talk with his allergist about that.
sgbl88 responded:
I do agree with coughy16, but would like to add that a pet allergy does not necessarily mean you have to get rid of the beloved pet. Here is a Web MD article about living with with pet allergies

It would be best to discus your son's allergies with his doctor to make sure that you are in agreement with treatment and necessary percautions.

Gregory M Metz, MD responded:
Typically, the recommendation for dust mite and pet allergy is decreasing exposure. For dust mites, this would include washing the sheets in hot water once per week, keeping his bedroom vacuumed and implementing dust mite encasements for the pillow, boxspring and mattress. In regards to pet allergy, whether to get rid of the animals is a personal/family decision. At the least, keeping the animals out of the bedroom can decrease exposure. His allergist can make more specific recommendations in the context of the severity of your son's symptoms and test results.
Mainemommy replied to Gregory M Metz, MD's response:
My daughter had the blood testing they say she's too skinny for the scratch testing.
Her dog was 8 and her dust mites are greater than 100
We did keep the dog but let me add to Dr Metz's recomendation I did not read the other info so if I am repeating info I'm sorry.
Pull up any carpeting you can. We took it up in 2 rooms i know i should pull it up in the Playroom but you sort of play on the floor in there. Her dr Rx'd a large room air purifier in her room HEPA. A friend child has bad allergies and word is you should bathe Fido twice a month. Also replace the pillow every 6m even though its incased. I was surprised by this but I just buy her a $3 pillow at Walmart. her allergies bother her the most before the winter freeze so sometimes I buy one then as well. I'm not sure how old your son is or if he has eczema as well but bathe often this will remove allergens from his hair and body. I also pull down her curtains and try to wash them about every 2 weeks. Also those pet wipes you already thought where a foolish waste o' money?? Yep they are for you

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