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Health Tip: Coping With a Pet Allergy

Health Tip: Coping With a Pet Allergy

09/15/11

(HealthDay News) -- Just because you or your child has a pet allergy doesn't mean Fido or Fifi has to move out, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology says.

The academy offers these suggestions to better cope with a pet allergy:

  • Do your best to avoid kissing and hugging pets.
  • Keep your bedroom and upholstered furniture off-limits to pets.
  • Give your pets a weekly bath, and ask a non-allergic friend or family member to regularly brush them outdoors.
  • Ask your veterinarian about a well-balanced diet for pets, which can minimize dander.
  • Vacuum with a micro-filter or double bag, and use a HEPA air cleaner at home.
  • Minimize carpeting and rugs in your home, as they attract dander.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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