How to Ease Pet-Induced Allergies

Simple steps to avoid allergy symptoms caused by your pets.

By Nancy Coveney from Reader's Digest | February 2006

Follow these tips and you will be on your way to reducing those pesty allergies. comstockcomplete.comFollow these tips and you will be on your way to reducing those pesty allergies.
Does cuddling your kitty make you sneeze? No need to get rid of her, says allergist Clifford Bassett, MD. Take steps to ease symptoms:

1. Ban pets from the bedroom, and get a HEPA air purifier.

2. No pet is completely hypoallergenic, but those that shed more trigger more symptoms, says Shirlee Kalstone, author of Allergic to Pets?

3. Vacuum and dust often to eliminate sneeze-inducing dander and fur.

4. Bathe and brush your pet often, especially if he sheds. If your symptoms are severe, have someone else do it for you.

5. Getting a new cat? Consider a light-colored female. One study found that dark male cats create more allergic reactions.

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