Only about 10% of pet owners have allergies, but at least 30% of people with asthma are allergic to animals. If your child has asthma, consider whether your pet can produce allergens that trigger asthma symptoms in your child.
Your pet's fur may not be the cause of your child's worsening condition. Allergies are caused by the body's reaction to proteins found in dead animal skin flakes, saliva, urine and fur. Although animal hair itself is not a problem, proteins that attach to hair when animals lick themselves can trigger asthma.
Animal hair can also be a den of dust mites, pollen, mold and other allergens. Animals that live in cages produce droplets that invite mold and mites.
You may have heard that some types of dogs and cats that do not produce flakes, will not cause asthma. But all warm-blooded animals produce protein flakes that cause allergic reactions.
Here are some tips that can reduce the effects of pets on asthma:
- Vacuum often. Vacuum can control dead skin cells and animal hair in the house.
- Practice good hair removal. Caring for pets and keeping the house and furniture free of fur can help.
- Try "liquid dosing" for cats. The liquid dose of acepromazine tellah sedative shows a reduction in protein in cat saliva which plays a role in many allergies. But the effectiveness of this method varies depending on the cat and the owner's allergy.
- Use shampoos and sprays that neutralize dander. Dander contains small pieces of animal skin attached to the fur. Protein from animal saliva that attaches to dander is the real cause of asthma attacks. Some products promoting their products can neutralize dander.
- Restrict pet access to the bedroom. The best way to prevent asthma attacks is to prevent allergens. Keeping pets outside the room or confined to a particular room is a way to keep pets and keep an allergen-free area for you.
- Clean animal bedding. Dust mites like to eat pet dander. Use dust mite protection and clean the animal bedding regularly.
Remember, even if you have given your pet to someone else because it often triggers asthma attacks, your condition may not improve immediately. It can take up to 6 months to reduce the level of allergens in homes without pets. Even if a pet has been expelled, your child still needs previous asthma or allergic medicines.
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Reviewed: June 20, 2019 | Last Edited: June 20, 2019
If my child has asthma, can we keep our pet? http://kidshealth.org/parent/asthma_center/preventing_flareups/asthma_pet.html. Accessed 08/18/2015.