Pet allergies no longer mean that you have to give up your love for animals. Thousands of allergy sufferers are even able to have pets in their home. There are some simple tricks you can do to make sure you and your pets can cohabitate comfortably.
If you suspect that you have pet allergies the first thing you will want to do is visit an allergist. Most allergists will work with you to control your pet allergies through antihistamine treatment, allergy shots and other holistic programs.
The key in managing your allergies will be to remove as many allergens from the air as possible. You should use HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters in your home, particularly in the bedroom. Keep the humidity in your house low which will help to minimize dust mites. Remove carpeting wherever possible, particularly in the bedroom and sitting areas. Carpet will collect pet hair and other allergens further exacerbating the condition.
Groom your pet daily to remove loose hair and vacuum frequently to collect any hair/hairballs that may be residing on your floors. You should wash your pet’s bedding in hot water and bathe your pet on a weekly basis to remove excess dander. Special pet shampoo products are available to neutralize allergens.
If you are in the planning stages of getting a pet you will want to take your pet allergies into consideration. Due to fur type, some pets and breeds shed more than others. It is best to spend time with a potential pet before taking the plunge into ownership to make sure your allergies are manageable with the particular breed.