understanding pets and allergies.

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Breathe easy: How to manage pet allergies and asthma

Pet allergies are triggered by proteins in pet saliva, urine, or dander, causing asthma or allergy symptoms in susceptible individuals.

understanding pets and allergies.

understanding pets and allergies. Image: Pexels

Do you dream of cuddling a cat or having a playful pup by your side, but sniffles and wheezing hold you back? Don’t despair! If you have asthma and pet allergies, there are ways to manage both and potentially share your home with a furry friend.

As per KidsHealth, pets produce a protein in their saliva, urine, or dander that may trigger asthma or allergy symptoms. Here are some tips to help you breathe easy:

What Causes Your Allergy?

While many furry friends can trigger allergies, some common culprits include:

  • Dander: This microscopic skin flake shed by cats, dogs, and other animals is a major allergy culprit.
  • Saliva: Proteins in pet saliva left behind during grooming or licking can trigger allergy symptoms.
  • Urine: Tiny particles in pet urine can also irritate airways.

If you’re unsure which pet (or pets) trigger your asthma, consult an allergist for a diagnosis.

Minimise Allergens in Your Home

  • Consider hypoallergenic pets: Certain breeds like poodles, bichon frises, and some hairless cats are known to shed less dander, potentially reducing allergy triggers. However, no pet is truly hypoallergenic, so a consultation with an allergist is still recommended.
  • Create pet-free zones: Designate areas in your home, like your bedroom, as off-limits to pets. This minimises allergens in your sleep sanctuary.
  • Become a cleaning champion: Regular vacuuming with a HEPA filter and frequent dusting can significantly reduce allergens. Wash bedding and soft furnishings weekly in hot water (at least 55°C). Consider replacing carpets with hard floors that are easier to clean.
  • Bath your pet regularly: Consult your veterinarian about a suitable bathing schedule to remove allergens from your pet’s fur.

Dealing With The Allergy

  • Don’t ditch your inhaler: Continue to use your prescribed inhaler as directed by your doctor to manage asthma symptoms.
  • Talk to your doctor about allergy medication: Antihistamines or allergy shots might be recommended to further reduce allergy flare-ups.

Alternative Approaches

  • Air purifiers: HEPA air purifiers can trap allergens floating in the air, potentially improving air quality.
  • Air conditioners: Air conditioning can help reduce allergens and dust mites, which can also trigger asthma.

Remember, open communication with your doctor is key. They can create a personalised plan to manage your asthma and pet allergies, allowing you to breathe easy and potentially enjoy the company of a furry friend.


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