Is your dog or cat suddenly making you or someone in your household itch, sneeze, or wheeze? Pet allergies can be irritating, but there are many things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms.
Sneeze less and love your animals more
Eliminate household fabrics. Carpets, rugs, drapes and other fabrics in your home can hold in allergens. Consider removing them wherever possible.
Dust, clean and vacuum often. Be sure to wipe down shelves where dust can collect. Be sure to vacuum frequently with a HEPA filter or disposable electrostatic bag.
Keep certain areas off limits. For instance, don’t let your pet sleep in your bed especially on your pillows. You may also want to train your pet to stay off regularly used couches and chairs.
Brush your pet often. Brushing eliminates loose hair and dander, and can help reduce shedding. Of course, it’s best to leave this task to a member of the family who doesn’t have pet allergies.
Talk to your doctor. Depending on the severity of the pet allergy, your doctor may be able to recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to help prevent or alleviate the symptoms.