Living with Allergies and Pets
Often times, we consider our furry friends family. That can make it hard when we find out that we are allergic to them. Living with allergies doesn't necessarily mean that you have to give up your pet. Many people are unaware that pet hair isn't the culprit of our pet allergies - but the pet skin dander, saliva and urine. Sometimes to fight off the allergy symptoms, we just have to make a few changes.
- Make your bedroom a pet-free space, and wash bedding in hot water
- Use a HEPA air purifier/filer to trap dander
- Clean carpet frequently, or opt for wood, tile or linoleum flooring
- Keep your pets outside when possible
- Speak with your vet about a balanced diet for your pet, which can prevent dry skin and excess shedding
- Keep your pets off of the furniture- cover upholstered chairs with sheets and wash them on a regular basis
- If your dog rides in the car, use covers on the seats and wash them frequently
Tips provided by: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
While these tips don't get rid of your allergy problem, they can dramatically reduce the symptoms. If you want to learn more about your allergies, talk to a Doctor at Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, S.C. today!