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How do I protect myself against asthma triggers from pets?

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1. It’s best not to own any pets if you or your child is highly allergic. Definitely stay away from any animals that you know you’re allergic to.

2. Try to avoid long visits to the homes of friends and family who have pets. If you do drop by, make sure you or your child takes asthma medicines beforehand. Try to spend as little time around the animals as you can while you’re there.

3. If you do have a cat or dog in the home, try to limit the places where it can go. It shouldn’t be allowed in your child's bedroom or yours, for instance.

4. Wash the animal weekly.

5. Remove as much carpet as you can. Animal dander builds up in the fibers and stays there, even after the pet is gone.

SOURCES: 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Allergic Asthma Triggers."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Indoor Allergies."

Reviewed by William Blahd on October 20, 2017

SOURCES: 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Allergic Asthma Triggers."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Indoor Allergies."

Reviewed by William Blahd on October 20, 2017

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