Dealing With Pet Allergies

For some of us, our pets are like our kids (or even better than our kids!). But what if you suffer from allergies and suspect that your pets may be the cause? If you are an animal lover, you may just assume that you are going to have to live with allergies for the rest of your life, but that’s not necessarily true. Try these tips for fighting pet allergies. 

  1. Keep pets out of the bedroom. This sounds drastic, especially since your big dog or fluffy cat is the perfect source of heat on a cold night. But, declaring your bedroom a pet-free zone can be a good idea so that you can have one place in the house where you are safe from allergies.
  2. Reduce exposure to other household allergens such as dust, mold, and even cockroach dander (yes, really!) that may exacerbate your condition. Household allergens like dust are likely making your condition much worse. Some may even mistake a pet allergy for a dust allergy. Make sure you change linens often and vacuum especially with carpet to remove lingering pet dander and dust. You can also try an air filter that catches allergens.
  3. Wash the dog, and yourself, often. Giving your dog a bath twice (or even once) a week is ideal but may not be feasible. If it’s not, make sure to wash your hands and face after cuddling with him to remove dander. Keep it mind, if you are out hiking in the Cedar pollen with your dog, he or she will have Cedar pollen imbedded in the fur and bathing your pet is recommended.
  4. Consider a treatment for your pet allergy that doesn’t include taking medications for the rest of your life. Sublingual immunotherapy, also known as allergy drops, are formulated based on your skin test and your history of allergy. They are placed under the tongue daily and build up your immunity to allergens, including your dog or cat. Of course, when you have bad symptoms such as itchiness, redness, or irritation, try an oral over the counter antihistamine.

If you are struggling with allergies to your pets or other pollen, consider having a consultation at Sinus & Snoring Specialists. We can allergy skin test to determine your allergic response and find the right treatment so that you don’t have to suffer anymore! Call the office in Austin, Texas, at (512) 601-0303, for a consultation today.

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