8 Helpful Hints to Cope with Pet Allergies ...

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Pet Allergies can be an absolute misery for animal lovers, faced with the possibility of having to get rid of their beloved companion. But is it really necessary to do so, or is it possible to alleviate the symptoms and still keep your pet? Depending on the severity of your reaction, there are ways of making it easier to cope with pet allergies. Try the following tips …

1. Spray

There are now a number of products designed to reduce the animal dander (which causes allergies).

Most commonly available are wipes and sprays.

Check out your local pet store, or see amazon.com for examples of available products.

2. Cleaning

Allergic pet-lovers need to pay extra attention to cleaning.

ItΒ΄s best to reduce the number of surfaces where dust and dander can settle, so avoid having too many objects on display.

Regular vacuuming of carpets and floors, and wiping surfaces with a damp cloth, is also beneficial.

It might sound a bit excessive, but wear a dust mask when you vacuum.

3. Choose Carefully

Pet allergies may be caused only by certain animals. A careful choice of pet may therefore mean that you can share your life with an animal but not with the allergies. Some dog breeds are better for allergy sufferers; for those with severe problems, reptiles or fish are an excellent alternative. They might not be as entertaining or cuddly as cats or dogs, but can still be fascinating to keep.2

4. Medication

Antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops can help cope with the allergic symptoms.

There is also a treatment called immunotherapy that is suitable for severe cases.

It consists of a series of injections and is intended to desensitise you to the allergen, but does require regular doses, so is quite a commitment.

5. Banned from the Bed

Anyone with pet allergies should not allow their animal to sleep or jump up on the bed.

If they cannot be trained to keep off the bed, ban them from the bedroom altogether.

Remember that we spend around a third of our lives asleep, so that means breathing in a lot of dander if your pets are allowed to sleep there.

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