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Allergies can be caused from the environment, respiratory or contact, or food allergies. Fleas can be the culprit (fleabite dermatitis), as well.

Make an appointment with your vet to discuss allergy testing, how to go about the process of elimination for possible food allergies, and how to treat the symptoms in the meantime.
 

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I am vet tech, and it sounds like your dog has an inhalation (Atopic) allergy.

This means that he's sensitive to airborne particles that he's inhalng.
He could be allergic to mold, mildew, house dust mites (everyone has them!),
grass pollen, or ragweed pollen.

Dogs with inhalation allergies typically develop itching of the feet, face, and armpits.

How long has he been exhibiting this behavior?

If your dog is in good general health, with no major problems, you can give him Benedryl (OTC human allergy med).

Dosage is 1mg. per pound of body weight, 3 times a day (every 8 hours)
Benedryl usually comes in 25 mg tablets.

That should help with his itching.
If the Benedryl doesn't help, take him to your veterinarian for an examination.

Good Luck...!!
 
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