January 12, 2009
Health Tip: Coping With Pet Allergies
Reduce symptoms without getting rid of your furry companions
(HealthDay News) -- If being near a pet makes you sniffle, sneeze, and your eyes water, you may not have to live a pet-free life.
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology offers these suggestions:
- Always wash your hands after you touch a pet. And avoid kissing or hugging your furry friend.
- Keep cat litter boxes away from vents, and try to limit your exposure to them.
- Give your pet a bath each week to reduce dander. And try to have a person who isn't allergic regularly brush your pet outdoors.
- Don't allow pets on upholstered furniture. If necessary, cover the furniture in plastic.
- Make sure your pet is on a healthy diet to help reduce shedding.
- Try to eliminate rugs and carpets from your home, and use a double filter or micro-filter bag in your vacuum.
- Ask your doctor about getting allergy shots to control symptoms.