You may know that having a pet is good for your health.
Studies shown that people who have pets live longer and are active than those who don’t have.
But many people are allergic to pets. Approximately 15 percent of the population is suffering with cat or dog allergy.
You can find several ways to reduce the effects of pet allergy. You can use medications and also you can follow some precautions to prevent pet allergy.
Controlling pet allergy:
The best method of controlling pet allergy is to avoid pets. Tips to prevent the reactions to animal dander:
- Keep your pet outside especially out of your bedroom because you may spend 1/3rd of the time in your bedroom. Confine pets to one area of your home.
- Groom your pet frequently. Bath your pet once a week by using specially-formulated pet solutions, shampoos and conditioner to remove surface dander.
- Do not forget to wear a mask and protective gloves while grooming your pet.
- Wash your hands and face after grooming or playing with your pets to remove the animal dander.
- Keep pets away from furniture, carpet and your clothing.
- Clean your home and furniture regularly to remove pet hair and dander.
- Spray with a denaturing carpet solution to deactivate pet allergens.
- Use an air cleaner to remove airborne dander particles when windows are closed.
- Keep the clothing that worn when playing your pets out of your bedroom.
- Wash bedding frequently. Keep pillows and pillow covers free of pet hair and dander.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a high efficient air filter to trap the tiny particles of animal dander.
- Remove dander attracting furniture from your home. Exchange your fabric furniture with leather.
Medications for pet allergy relief:
- The best way to treat pet allergy is to avoid pet allergens such as pet dander and pet saliva.
- You can also use symptomatic medications to treat pet allergy symptoms. If you can not control your pet allergy reactions through pet controlling tips then doctors can recommend medications to get relief. Some of those medications are:
Nonprescription medications: These medications are also called as over-the-counter medications. These are short-acting antihistamines such as Benadryl and Claritin. Decongestants and nasal sprays can also used to get relief. Cromolyn sodium is the most frequently used nasal spray.
Prescription hay fever medications: These are the longer-acting antihistamines and nasal corticosteroid sprays. They can be used to reduce the inflammation of the airways and also used to block the action of leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are the immune system chemicals that can cause allergy reactions such as mucus production.
Medications for asthma symptoms: If your pet allergy can lead to severe asthma symptoms then your doctor can prescribe inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting bronchodilators.
Inhaled corticosteroids are two types, one is long-acting beta-2 agonists and the other is short-acting beta-2 agonists such as albuterol. These medications can help to open up the airways in your lungs and makes breathing easier.
Desensitization shots: It is also known as allergy shots or immunotherapy. The shots make a person immune to allergens. Small amounts of allergens are injected first and then slowly the dosage is increased. These shots can be effective to the problems of nose, eye or asthma.