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Just wondering how many of you live with pets that you, your kids, spouse, or other household members are allergic to? If so, how severe are the allergies, and how do you cope?

We were trying out a dog for adoption. She is wonderful and has had such a positive impact on my husband and daughter. However, I am allergic to her! Nothing awful, but have been staying on antihistamines and still feeling it. Not sure what to do. There is a foster family that is willing to take her. Just feel like we're giving up an extra special dog, but also would look forward to having clear sinuses again!

Curious in others' experiences while I work this one out.
 

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Yes! We adopted 2 kittens over 4 years ago, and fell madly in love before both my son and I realized we are both very allergic to them. My son has asthma, so it was a major concern/issue in the beginning. When we saw his allergy specialist we told him that not keeping them was not an option for us, they are family now, so he helped us come up with a system to make it work.

1. Shower/bath every night before bed and put on freshly washed pajamas.
2. No cats allowed in the bedrooms EVER...
3. Vacuum the whole house daily. No carpet... only tile, linoleum and hardwood. Floors are washed thoroughly every weekend (furniture moved, etc).
4. Brush the cats outside as needed... thankfully they are short hair so this only has to be done in spring and summer when they start shedding.
5. Keep throw covers on all the upholstered furniture and wash them frequently.
6. Cats are indoor/outdoor which minimizes the concentration of cat hair/dander in the house.
7. We both take 24 hour non-drowsy antihistamines as needed. It varies in severity throughout the year...
8. My son is on a daily maintenance inhaler at the lowest possible dosage.
9. Never ever rub our eyes/face after petting the cats... lots and lots of hand washing...
 

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Another thing I thought of... don't let the dog lick you. Most people that are allergic to cats and dogs are most allergic to their saliva...
 

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Yes! We adopted 2 kittens over 4 years ago, and fell madly in love before both my son and I realized we are both very allergic to them. My son has asthma, so it was a major concern/issue in the beginning. When we saw his allergy specialist we told him that not keeping them was not an option for us, they are family now, so he helped us come up with a system to make it work.

1. Shower/bath every night before bed and put on freshly washed pajamas.
2. No cats allowed in the bedrooms EVER...
3. Vacuum the whole house daily. No carpet... only tile, linoleum and hardwood. Floors are washed thoroughly every weekend (furniture moved, etc).
4. Brush the cats outside as needed... thankfully they are short hair so this only has to be done in spring and summer when they start shedding.
5. Keep throw covers on all the upholstered furniture and wash them frequently.
6. Cats are indoor/outdoor which minimizes the concentration of cat hair/dander in the house.
7. We both take 24 hour non-drowsy antihistamines as needed. It varies in severity throughout the year...
8. My son is on a daily maintenance inhaler at the lowest possible dosage.
9. Never ever rub our eyes/face after petting the cats... lots and lots of hand washing...
Happyhermit - Wow, that seems like it would take a lot of diligence! Not sure if I am up for that level of maintenance, but wondering if there are some measures I can take to improve the situation. I've been trying a weekly bath (for the dog!) and extra cleaning. Of course, cleaning stirs the dander up.

You're right about the saliva. Years ago, an allergist told me that I am more allergic to that than dander. Already following the lots of handwashing rule...she gives lots of kisses!
 

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Well, we live in a small (630 sq ft) home with no carpet so it's not as much work as it seems... We split the cleaning duties up between me, hubs and son... The nightly shower and fresh pajamas made the biggest difference with stopping my son's asthma. Allergy specialist said sleeping with the dander/hair in his hair and clothes was the worst offender for him... I don't have asthma so I don't worry about doing that myself...


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