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 A skin allergy, or hypersensitivity, is an overreaction to a stimulus such as food, parasites (flea allergy dermatitis) and environmental allergens such as contact allergies and atopic dermatitis. All allergies manifest differently, however common clinical signs are itchiness (pruritis), red skin, pustules, dandruff, hair loss (alopecia), over-grooming and even behavioural changes. 

It is also very common to see secondary infections as a result of inflammation and self-trauma from scratching and licking. 

How can I soothe my pet’s itchy skin?

Itchy skin can be difficult to soothe with home remedies and may require professional care. 

When treating skin disease we must first investigate and resolve any current secondary infection. This is performed in-house by collecting and assessing skin samples under the microscope and, if required, a treatment plan will be put into place. 

Once any infection is resolved, long term control should be achieved by looking for the underlying cause for the skin hypersensitivity. This may involve elimination diets, adjusting parasite control and removal of possible environmental allergens. In some cases, anti-pruritic medications may be needed longer term to achieve comfort and stability for your pet, or referral to a dermatology specialist for advanced allergy testing.

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