Indoor Allergens (cont.)
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If your symptoms are severe enough or last long enough to require treatment by a medical professional, follow his or her treatment recommendations. Take all prescribed medications as directed.
The single best thing you can do to stop the reaction is to reduce your exposure to the allergens.
If it is animal dander causing your allergic reaction, you do have options.
If you decide to keep the pet and live with your allergy, have as little direct contact with the pet as possible.
Before getting a pet, spend indoor and outdoor time with other animals of the same species to make sure all family members can tolerate the dander. Remember that allergies tend to run in families. If you are allergic to animal dander, your children may be too. Also, even people who do not have problems initially may develop them later.
It is practically impossible to remove all house dust with all its allergens from your home.
Consider seeing an allergist for allergy shots. Allergy shots can reduce your sensitivity to indoor allergens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/13/2014
Rick Kulkarni, MD
Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C
Richard F Lockey, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Timothy D Rice, MD
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