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Tips for Living with Pets and Allergies

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You might love your dog but hate the constant sniffling you experience as a result. However, that doesn't mean you have to choose between your pet and your own comfort. There are many ways to make for a more comfortable living environment when you or someone in your household is allergic to your furry friend.

Keep your dog off the bed to reduce the transfer of allergens.Keep your dog off the bed to reduce the transfer of allergens.

Set Boundaries
Cuddling up with your pet at night might seem like a comforting routine, but it could have the opposite effect on your sinuses. No matter how clean your pet is, he or she may be a source of many allergens, including dander, pollen and mold, to name a few. When your pet crawls into bed with you, these allergens get trapped in your bedding and serve as food for dust mites, which is not only unsettling, but also irritating for those with allergies. Keep your pet off the bed, couch, chair and any other piece of furniture in your house. After all, there's a reason why there is such thing as a dog bed.

Do Damage Control
Sometimes, you just can't say no to your pet, and he or she winds up spooning you on the couch. In that case, you'll need to increase your housekeeping routine. This means frequently vacuuming the couch, washing the pillows and blankets in hot water and even covering the furniture with a sheet for future slip-ups. Additionally, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommended using a HEPA air purifier, which can capture 99.97 percent of all particles 0.3 microns or more in diameter that enter the filtering system. 

He may look cute, but he could be carrying mold, pollen and other allergens.He may look cute, but he could be carrying mold, pollen and other allergens.

Keep Clean
Be sure to keep your pets indoors as much as possible, as there are a number of outdoor allergens that can get trapped in their fur and transported into your home. You should also frequently bathe your pet to wash away some of these allergens. Choose a pet shampoo that will moisturize the skin and reduce skin particles from flaking and getting released into the air and on furniture. It's also important to practice proper hygiene yourself. Wash your hands and instruct your family to do the same after touching your pet. This will help contain the spread of dander, mold, pollen and anything else your furry friend is carrying with him.