by C. Markus on October 11th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Many people suffer from pet allergies; it is estimated that 10%-15% of the population is allergic to pets . It is most commonly caused by the animal’s dead flakes (dander). If you have a pet allergy, it is advised to stay away from the animal as much as possible, but what happens if the pet causing your problems is your own?
The first step is to make sure your pet is actually the cause of your symptoms. Allergies can be very complicated and there can be numerous causes, so get an allergy test. Doctors typically advise to give the animal away, and because this can be difficult, many people choose to live with allergies rather than giving their pet away. Symptoms can include watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose and coughing. If you experience any of these only around your animal, there is a good change you are allergic. For those unable to part with their loved animal, there are steps to take.
Here are few tips to help you minimize pet allergies.
- Keep your pet outside. This is the most effective way to reduce allergies; however, not all dogs are equipped to live outdoors, and many people don’t have backyards. So, keep your animal outside as much as possible.
- Clean. Most pet allergies come from pet dander. Cleaning helps reduce the amount present. You should dust as often as you can. If you have carpets it can be much more difficult to get rid of the dander, so if possible, replace the carpets in your house with wood.
- Wash your pet. It is advised to wash your pet 2 times a week. According to a study posted in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, washing your pet can reduce the amount of allergens by 85%!
- Keep animals off furniture. Keep your pet off your couch, bed, and any other surfaces you come in contact with. This will significantly reduce the amount of dander you come in contact with. In addition, you should not let the animal into the bedroom of the allergic person.
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