Health Tip: Coping With a Pet Allergy
(HealthDay News) -- Just because you or your child has a pet allergy doesn't mean Fido or Fifi has to move out, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology says.
The academy offers these suggestions to better cope with a pet allergy:
Do your best to avoid kissing and hugging pets.
Keep your bedroom and upholstered furniture off-limits to pets.
Give your pets a weekly bath, and ask a non-allergic friend or family member to regularly brush them outdoors.
Ask your veterinarian about a well-balanced diet for pets, which can minimize dander.
Vacuum with a micro-filter or double bag, and use a HEPA air cleaner at home.
Minimize carpeting and rugs in your home, as they attract dander.