How to avoid skin problems linked to your pets
MANILA -- Many people like having pets because of the happiness and comfort of owning one. However, caution should be observed as pets, like a dog or a cat, can be the source of irritating skin problems.
This is what happened to Maricel Lacsa and her child who got affected by skin rashes, except that it was not caused by their pet. Dogs often loitering near their house is the source of their skin rashes, according to Lacsa.
"Noong nangupahan po ako diyan sa kabila, may aso at saka mga ligaw na aso. Nagka-rashes na po ako. Nagkapantal-pantal po siya, tapos makati po siya e," Lacsa said. Even her child was affected.
Ringworm or "buni", which comes from a group of fungi called dermatophytes, is also a type of skin problem caused by pets.
Dr. Willie Ong, an internal medicine expert, described a ringworm. "Ang hugis nito pabilog, medyo makati siya, tapos minsan merong kaliskis 'yung paligid nito. Nakukuha ito kung lagi nating hinahawakan 'yung aso, pusa," he said.
Your pets may also bring skin allergy, roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm, and rabies if body hygiene is not taken seriously.
Having pets is unavoidable as some of us would rather have one despite the health risks.
Hence, Ong recommended washing of hands properly before and after eating, especially after playing or interacting with a pet.
The fungi that can come from animals can be controlled, thus lowering the chance of it becoming a full-blown skin problem.
As for Lacsa, she and her child started to clean their bodies more thoroughly after their trouble with skin rashes.
"Gumamit po ako ng 'antibac' soap. 'Yun po ang lagi ko na lang ginagamit. Tumuyo po siya saka gumaling po siya," she said.