Health Tip: Dealing With Pet Allergies

(HealthDay News) -- Pet allergies can cause symptoms including sneezing, coughing, and itchy, watery eyes.

Before you consider getting rid of your pet as a last resort, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has these suggestions:

  • Try to keep the pet outdoors during suitable weather. If the pet is indoors, don't allow the pet near the bedroom of the person who is allergic.
  • Use an air filter on air conditioning and furnace systems to reduce the circulation of allergens throughout the home.
  • HEPA filters should be used on vacuum cleaners.
  • Allergic people should avoid petting or hugging pets.
  • Keep the home clean by frequently vacuuming, dusting, and washing.

-- Diana Kohnle

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