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6. If your home uses forced-air heating seal up air ducts and use portable room heaters instead. This will prevent allergen entering pet-free rooms.
7. Do not use fans or fan heaters. These will blow allergens that settle on carpets and furniture up into air. Research has shown that some pet allergens can take up to six hours to settle once they are disturbed.
8. When you clean house use an anti-allergy vacuum cleaner that filters and keeps allergens. If you need to purchase one check that vacuum cleaner can filter out allergens.
9. Frequently wash dogs with lukewarm water and shampoo. Ideally get a non-asthmatic to do this. For cats gently wipe fur with a damp cloth or use a shower. Unfortunately, while these methods will take a lot of allergen off cat they will not remove all of it. Some research has found that totally immersing cat in water will remove most allergens, so you could try that if you don’t mind all scratches it will probably earn you!
10. A non-asthma sufferer should also brush pet regularly outside house.
11. Clean out pet cages and litter boxes outside home. If possible get a non-asthmatic to do this job too.
12. If your pet is a tomcat get him neutered. The male of species produces most allergen, but amount declines after neutering. Cats vary greatly in amount of allergen they produce. If you have more than one, keep each cat in house for a while to find out which one is least allergenic.
If your asthma is severe and triggered by pet allergens best advice is to find a new home for animal. However if your asthma is fairly mild and you cannot bear to be parted from this member of your family, try some of above measures and you may be able to avoid asthma while loving your pet.
David Kane is the author of ‘101 Top Tips for Asthma Relief’ and has produced a number of resources to help asthma sufferers monitor and control their condition. Find these at http://www.asthma-relieftips.com