How to Avoid Pet-Related Allergies
Don’t let your household pets keep you sneezing and coughing all the time!
You love your pet, but unfortunately your body begs to differ. If you are finding that your favorite feline or trusty pup is causing red itchy eyes, sneezing and other nasty allergy symptoms, then it’s time you found the relief you need without having to get rid of your furry family member. From the office of your Manhattan ENT doctor Dr. Richard Nass here are some tips for how to keep your pet-related allergies at bay.
In order to keep dander to a minimum in your home, you’ll want to set some boundaries for where your furry friend can go. If your allergies are really severe then you may want to keep your pet outside as much as possible. And one of the best pieces of advice is to keep your pet out of your bedroom.
Try to restrict pets to areas of the house with hard wood rather than areas with carpet, since carpet can trap dander and make it more difficult to clean.
Off the Furniture
While it may seem picturesque to cuddle up on the couch with your pet, if you deal with pet allergies, then you’ll want to make sure your dog or cat stays off the furniture and bedding, which they can expose to dander. If your pet does come in contact with furniture or fabric,s like pillows or blankets, make sure to vacuum and wash it frequently (at least once a week).
Spick and Span
To keep dander to a minimum, this will also mean keeping your place as clean as possible. By dusting and vacuuming often, you can reduce allergens in your home. Opt for a vacuum with a HEPA filter and make sure to clean all carpets, rugs and furniture too. Just make sure not to vacuum or dust while the family member with pet allergies is in the home (or if you suffer from allergies make sure to wear a protective mask while cleaning).
Research has found that bathing your pet regularly can reduce the amount of dander. Every time you bathe your dog, you reduce dander by about 85 percent. The bad news? Dander levels return in about three days, which means you’ll most likely need to wash your pup twice a week.
If your allergies are getting the better of you, remember that you can always turn to your Manhattan, NY ENT Dr. Nass for all of your ear, nose and throat needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment.