Skin dander, not pet hair, is the allergen that is causing your symptoms. Try these tips to control your pet allergies.
Allergy-Proof Your Home
- Create an allergy-free area in your home, preferably your bedroom, and prohibit access to that area by your pet.
- Improve the filtration capabilities of your vacuum cleaner with “microfilter” bags.
- Consider replacing your carpet with tile, wood or vinyl flooring and using throw rugs that can be washed. Keep floors clean and vacuumed.
- Encase your mattress and box spring in vinyl covers. Reduce upholstered furniture. Wash blankets, curtains, and pillows regularly.
- Use a free-standing air purifier with a high quality HEPA filter to help eliminate allergens in the air.
- Clean furnaces, ducts, and air conditioner filters often.
Tips for Controlling Your Pet Allergies
- Wash your hands after handling your pet or after your cat licks you, as its saliva may carry allergens as well.
- Wash your pet’s blanket frequently.
- Have a non-allergic family member bathe your pet weekly with an antiseborrheic shampoo to reduce the accumulation of skin dander and shedding hair.
- Have a non-allergic family member brush your pet regularly and have your pet groomed often. It may help to keep the haircoat as short as possible. Short haircoats may have less dander and shed less.
- Spray your pet daily with a humectant (moisturizer) to hold down the dander and shedding hair until it can be removed with bathing.
- Talk with your physician about allergy shots or medication approved for the treatment of pet allergies. A vaccine for people allergic to cats is now being tested.