You love animals? Cats, dogs, birds? You are diagnosed with asthma and you have heard that pets can trigger your symptoms. However, you do not want to get rid of them? Here are some simple hints to help you deal with your pets while living with asthma.

Clean your house

Keep your house clean. You can use a vacuum with a HEPA filter attached or a central vacuum system with an outdoor exhaust. This can help remove airborne pollutants (dust mites, mold spores, pollen and pet dander). Pet dander can trigger your asthma. Pet dander is composed of tiny patches of skin that are shed by dogs, cats, birds, and other animals with feathers or fur. These small patches of skin can stick to the fur or feathers.

Use an air cleaner with HEPA filter in your bedroom. Vacuum your bedroom frequently and change the filter regularly to reduce pet dander in the air. Change people and pets bedding regularly, clean the walls often.

If your floors have hard surface, such as tile, wood, frequently clean them with water. If your floors have carpets, vacuum them regularly.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water, especially after you touch your pets. This can help remove pet dander, dust, and other allergens. Good hygiene can also help prevent infections that can trigger asthma.

You may need to use a mask to cover your nose and mouth when you contact with pets. Nasal spray can also help.

Have someone else wash and brush your pets and other stuff

Regularly bath and groom your cats and dogs. Ask your vet to do this properly. Ideally, ask someone else to help you wash your pets. You can also take your pets to a pet spa. They provide several types of services.

Other pet stuff such as toys, cages should also be cleaned frequently, even if you do not have asthma. This keeps them clean, protecting both you and your pets against certain health problems.

Keep your pets out of your bedroom

Keeping your bedroom pet-free can help reduce allergens significantly. Do not let your pets go into your bedroom. Do not sleep with your pets. Do not let your pets sleep on your bed. Pets can produce pet dander everywhere and furniture in your bedroom tends to trap pet dander more easily. Keep your pets outside most of the time. However, make sure the place is safe, clean and warm.

Keep your pets away from rugs and upholstered furniture

Rugs and upholstered furniture like sofa are more likely to trap pet dander. You may need to use a vacuum to clean them or use special allergen-proof covers. Keep your pets away from rugs and upholstered furniture or do not use these stuff at all.

Talk to your healthcare provider

Talk to your doctor, or other healthcare providers for advice on how to live with your pets properly. He or she may advise you to remove the pets from your house. However, if you want to keep your pets, ask him or her. Your doctor may help you reduce the risk of asthma attacks.

If you experience symptoms of asthma after coming in contact with your pets, call your doctor as soon as the symptoms appear. Your doctor can also help you determine your pet allergens and how to reduce exposure.

Unfortunately, pets can trigger your asthma. If your doctor determines that you are allergic to one animal or more, it is ideal to remove the pets from your house. However, if you want to keep your pets, be careful and reduce exposure to pet allergens.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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