Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
Hello - allergies are definitely a chronic problem - 'chronic' means 'ongoing' and allergies are definitely like that. (Other 'chronic' conditions include arthritis, diabetes etc). Coping with allergies is usually two-fold, 1) treating the underlying allergy (hence the Atopica - it sounds as this would be well worth carrying on. There are many different drugs in this sort of line) and 2) coping with any local infections / damage caused by a flare-up, ie scratching and biting. Frustratingly, the number of things a pet is allergic to can broaden over time, so what starts as a flea allergy or a beef allergy can become an allergy to a much wider range of things. Sonetimes, if allergens may be clinging to their fur, letting an animal have a swim / hosing them down after a walk, or even washing their feet, can prove remarkably effective. Always make sure that parasites are completely ruled out. Ultimately, a dernatology referral can be helpful, but it sounds as though theres more than a GP vet may be able to offer you at this stage. Im sorry to provide no easy answers - best of luck!