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How can I lessen allergic reactions to pets?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Using a vacuum with a hepa filter can help reduce your exposure to animal allergens. Watch as veterinarian Marty Decker and Dr. Oz discuss ways you can reduce your exposure to animal allergens.

Intermountain Registered Dietitians
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Once you know your allergens, the best strategy is to avoid or reduce your exposure to them whenever possible.

  • If possible, remove the animal from your home, and avoid visiting family or friends with pets.
  • At a minimum, keep pets off of the bed and out of the bedroom.
  • Block heating vents, or place filters over them.
  • When possible, remove cloth-covered furniture from your home.
  • Replace carpets with solid surface flooring.
  • If you have a pet, consider a HEPA filter to clean the air in your home. (HEPA filters help pick up the small, fine dander that cats produce, though they may be less effective in picking up dander from dogs.

If a child is allergic to a pet, the recommendation is usually to get rid of the pet. However, in this video, I will give tips on how you can manage allergies with a pet in the house.

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