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How to Cope When You're Allergic to Your Pet

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Allergy symptoms can make you feel pretty miserable. Usually, the best way to avoid sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose is to banish allergens from your home… but what if the source of the allergy is your beloved pet? Thankfully, there are steps you can take to reduce your allergy symptoms without getting rid of your furry friend.

Establish Boundaries

It's essential for allergy sufferers who share a home with an animal to have a pet-free zone that they can retreat to when their symptoms are bad. Choose one room in your home, such as your bedroom, to be your pet-free zone. Close the door at all times so your pet can't come in, and avoid bringing your pet's toys or bedding into this room.

Vacuum Regularly

Pet hair is a major allergy trigger. Vacuum your floors and furniture as often as possible to remove hair. Wash furnishings that you can't easily vacuum, such as curtains and cushions, to stop them harboring pet hair.

Keep Carpets Clean

Carpets often hold a lot of pet dander, which can continue to trigger allergy symptoms even when the pet is no longer in the room. Regular carpet cleaning is therefore the key to controlling your pet allergy. Vacuuming removes some but not all of the pet hair, so it's a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned as often as you can to ensure deep-down cleaning. Get in touch with a company like You'll Say Wow Carpet Cleaning to schedule a cleaning.

Filter the Air

Filtering the air in your home can remove pet hair, dust, pollen and many other allergens, improving the overall air quality and easing your breathing. The Auckland Allergy Clinic recommends installing high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter cleaners in as many rooms of the home as possible to reduce the amount of pet allergens circulating in your home.

Keep Your Pet Clean

Groom and bathe your pet regularly to reduce shedding. Weekly baths with plain water can help to reduce the amount of allergens that cats produce. It's also important to keep your pets free from fleas and mites, as scratching will increase the amount of fur that they shed.

Try Medications

There are many medications that can help keep pet allergy symptoms under control. Decongestants and anti-histamines often bring rapid relief. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe steroids or corticosteroids for more powerful short-term symptom relief, which may be helpful while you work on making your home an allergen-free zone.