Pets make great companions, especially for single people. They are the best listeners and they often are very affectionate, especially if it is a dog or hamster.
As nice as pets are, unformately many people (about 15% of the worldwide population) are allergic to them. Some people who are allergic may not even know it, and until they recognize the signs the pet allergy may be hard to treat, prevent, or eliminate.
Pet Allergy Symptoms
Some of the most common pet allergy symptoms include itchy, watery, or burning eyes. However, sometimes the eyes, lips, mouth, throat, or other sensitive body parts may swell up.
Nasal sniffling as well as coughing or sneezing are other common sign of pet allergies. A more potentially serious upper respiratory problem associated with pet allergies is lung congestion which could lead to infections. Difficulty breathing also can be a problem especially if a person winds up passing out.
Fortunately, pet allergy symptoms are controlled using one or more of the following treatments:
Over-the-counter or prescription medications. The antihistamines that are sold without a prescription can help take care of milder symptoms such as itchiness or drainage. However, you may need something stronger to take care of wheezing, coughing, sneezing, congestion, or swelling within the upper respiratory tract.
Create a pet-free zone. This is a great comprimise to have if you are living with a person who is allergic to a pet. Find ways to eliminate the fur and odors as well as possible.
You can vacuum the entire house and designate the pet to a certain area of the home. Either that or you can build a special space off to the side or back of the house that weather-proof yet secluded.
Find a non-allergenic pet. Often it is the dander (dead cat or dog skin) or fur that pet owners are allergic to. Maybe it is time to instead have a fish, lizard, snake, turtle, tarantula, or other non-fur pet. Just be careful because some of these kinds of pets could also cause allergies, but not always.
Get an allergy vaccine. This is a treatment more commonly known as an allergy shot. It helps make living with pets easier as it helps reduce or eliminate common allergy symptoms.
It may not work for everyone but it works in most cases when a pet owner lives with a person who is allergic to a certain kind of animal. Just beware that this is a long process, and it requires several treatments on a regular basis.
If you have a furry friend in your home that you may be allergic to it may be wise to invest in a HEPA technology-run vacuum device. This machine is especially designed to get rid of pet dander, dust mites, and pollen. It is this decreased exposure to airborne pet allergens that will most prevent negative reactions in people.
Furthermore, if you are allergic to pets you are advised to make it clear to friends and family who own pets that you cannot be around them. This gives them ample opportunity to remove the pets and/or clean their homes so that you can still come visit once in a while.