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Help my son is allergic to our new puppy.

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Hello everyone,
i have just joined this wonderful forum in hope to get a bit if advice on allergies to dogs.I brought a puppy 3 weeks ago,a pedigree black labrador who is 12 weeks old now.Everything was going fine until last week my 5 year old son developed a dry excema type rash on his back and shoulder but no other symptoms.I took him to my gp who ordered some skin prick tests and this confirmed that my son has a mild allergic reaction to dogs.We desperately dont want to get rid of our puppy and i have been advised to buy hepa air purifers and a product called biolife petal clense and home clense that proclaims to reduce the allergens on our puppy by 90%.Also i have brought 2 doggy gates so the puppy cannot play in my sons bedroom or playroom,plus i have stripped all the bedding and cleaned all rooms throughly whilst hoovering twice a day to.Hopefully this will all help but im wondering if anyone else has a child that is allergic to dogs as any advice or further information on treatments ect would be fantastic.
Thankyou so much x
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hi Rockysmom - Eczema is a tricky one... my daughter (who almost 20) has had it since she was about 6 years old. It was so bad, the school nurse thought it was chicken pox. The doctors were stumped too, as it was all over her body. We have two dogs but it has no bearing on her breakouts. We have found very humid weather is a problem, as is dry weather. The more she scratches the worse the rash becomes. We have used steroid creams and had allergy tests. She's allergic to grass, mites, and other things that you just can't avoid in life. We were told that if you have anyone in the family with asthma the chances of your son having eczema increases - it may be from the dogs, it may not. All my friends who have dog allergies manifest as itchy eyes and sneezing, more like hayfever. So the eczema reaction may be a coincidence and have nothing really to do with the pup even though he's testing positive for it. My daughter actually has not had severe rashes for a while, up until about 3-4 weeks ago. Maybe it's the weather. Good luck
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