Tips for Pet Allergy Sufferers
- HAVE A PLAN
Be aware of potential exposure to pets you may be allergic to. When visiting a friend's home, ask if they have pets in advance, so you can be prepared with medicine should your allergy symptoms strike.
- ESTABLISH PET-FREE AREAS
Keep pets out of your bedroom and consider keeping your pet in certain areas of the house.
- RINSE AND REPEAT
If you have a pet, giving him or her regular baths can help reduce the .
- WASH YOUR HANDS
After touching a pet, keep your hands away from your eyes until you've had a chance to wash them.
- CHOOSE PETS WISELY
Cats may cause more allergy problems than dogs simply because they lick their fur or skin a lot, spreading the allergen from their saliva onto their bodies. But remember, even animals that don't shed can cause pet allergy symptoms. Fish, hermit crabs, iguanas and turtles make good choices as pets for allergy sufferers.
A common trigger for , are found in the dust particles that collect naturally around your home. These microscopic creatures live off our dead skin cells, hiding in household fabrics such as pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture, blankets and carpets.
don’t drink water. Instead, they absorb water from the humidity in the air.2 This is why dust mites are more prevalent in humid areas of your home and during the summer months. However, if you live in a warmer, more humid climate, dust mites could be prevalent year-round.