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Pet Allergy Checklist

  1. Keep pets out of bedrooms. It’s hard, but never let them sleep on the bed. You’ll feel better.
  2. Reduce clutter. Less stuff makes it easier to clean and get rid of dander.
  3. Keep your floors bare. Carpeting traps dander.
  4. Bathe pets regularly. For best results, have someone else do it. A frequent bath can wash away dander.
  5. Ask a family member to change the litter box or clean an animal's bed. They are dander hotspots.
  6. Vacuum weekly. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that can catch dander.
  7. Visit with pet-owning friends outside the house. Their clothes will bring in dander. Meet them at a restaurant instead.
  8. Cover vents with cheesecloth. It can catch dander before it’s blown into the air.
  9. Use synthetic pillows. Feather pillows can make your symptoms worse.
  10. Prepare with medication. Take medication before you visit a place with pets.
  11. Find a fish friend. There’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog or cat.

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on November 12, 2012

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