About two months ago my dog started itching really bad. Since we had not changed food or been anywhere different we assumed he was developing an environmental allergy to something, as it was timed perfectly with the onset of spring. After a few trips to the vet and trials of a couple different allergy meds with no improvement we finally got the results of his allergy test back. Turns out he has a pretty bad allergic reaction to Alternaria. From what I understand its an outdoor fungus/mold and its pretty well everywhere and most pronounced in the warmer months.
Currently we are running short term round of steriods as that was the only thing that would keep him from scratching himself sore. Now the vet is recommending a longer term round of the medication at least for the summer months. However I'm not a huge fan of the steriods as they can/will have some serious side effects. But since the Antihistamines didn't help I think our options are pretty limited.
I know this might be a long shot, but I'm wondering if anybody else here has any experience with an allergy to Alternaria, and how did you handle the problem?