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How can I prevent asthma from pet dander?

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To prevent asthma symptoms when you have pet allergies, try the following:

  • It’s best not to own pets if you or your child is highly allergic.
  • Avoid long visits to people who own pets. If you do visit, make sure you or your child takes asthma or allergy medicines before you go. And during the visit, keep exposure to the pets to a minimum.
  • If you must have a cat or dog at home, restrict its living area. If possible, keep it outside.
  • Wash your pet weekly.
  • Remove as much carpeting as possible.

SOURCES:  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Asthma and Allergy Prevention: Survive the Seasons." CDC: "Asthma and Allergies." WHO/WAO Meeting on the Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma: "Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 27, 2018

SOURCES:  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Asthma and Allergy Prevention: Survive the Seasons." CDC: "Asthma and Allergies." WHO/WAO Meeting on the Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma: "Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 27, 2018

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