I get it. We all love our pets, so to suggest getting rid of them to save you from the pain would be a futile attempt. Animals keep us centered. They relieve stress after a hard day of work; remind us to keep life simple. And most importantly, they help us get more likes on our dying social media accounts. Whatever your pet does for you, there’s no doubting their effect on the human race. One of those major effects is allergies. Pet dander is a common allergen to many people in the world, causing sneezing, itchy eyes, and even worse: congestion and cough. But the good news is, unless your symptoms are completely debilitating, managing pet allergies is possible.
You’re probably relieved to hear that. You didn’t want to get rid of your 20 rescue cats and replace them with something less allergenic like a fish or lizard. So hopefully these 5 tips for managing pet allergies will help you right meow (you just cringed).
Here are 5 tips to managing pet allergies:
Tip #1: Vacuum
If you didn’t like cleaning before, you’re not gonna like it now, but it will ensure that you and your beloved furry friend can co-exist in the same space. Vacuuming on a regular basis is a great way to keep the pet dander and hair from attacking the innards of your face. According to WebMD, a HEPA filter inside the vacuum is the best bet (Note: carpets trap allergens easier than hardwood floors HINT HINT).
Tip #2: Keep the bedroom clear
For efficiency’s sake, keep your pets out of your bedroom. I know cats and dogs tend to keep us warm at night with their comforting presence, but the pet dander gets onto the blankets and sheets, causing your reactions to spark up.
Tip #3: Medication
Going to your doctor and receiving a prescription for your allergies will make a huge difference. Just be sure to take it regularly and as directed so it gets the job done. It might sound inconvenient to be placed on a consistent medication cycle, but if you want you and your buddy to co-exist without issue, this might be the best solution.
Tip #4: Get an allergy test
Although yes, your pet might be a major culprit to your suffering, there could be other factors causing the allergic reactions. Getting an allergy test will either ensure that you’re only allergic to pet dander, or there’s something else going on like pollen, mold, or dust. Come to The Ear, Nose and Throat Institute to receive a test; the results might surprise you. From there, a proven solution is immunotherapy, which the ENT Institute offers in-office or at-home options.
Tip #5: Bath time
Your pets might love it. They might not. But giving them a regular bath will clean out their coat and increase your chances of feeling better. It’s not going to completely get rid of the issue, but it will help considerably (Note: It’s important to find the right shampoos for your pet).
If nothing’s working, don’t hesitate to come to The Ear, Nose and Throat Institute for an allergy test. From there, we offer immunotherapy, a results proven method of curing allergies.
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