The symptoms of pet allergies in children may be as subtle as cold symptoms that never seem to quite clear up, or can be more obvious, and in some cases even extreme. When trying to spot symptoms of a pet allergy the Mayo Clinic says to watch for these telltale signs:
Some children may also exhibit bronchial/asthmatic symptoms such as:
In some children, symptoms of pet allergies may manifest themselves as hives or itchy skin following direct contact with the pet. So, what are some ways to reduce exposure to pet allergens? Avoiding exposure to pets by finding the pet a new home is the best remedy for these allergies. If avoiding exposure to the pet completely isn't an option, the best way to reduce exposure the allergens are as follows:
An allergy-friendly pet may also be the solution. Some alternative pet suggestions for allergic families are:
All dogs and cats shed dander from their skin, but smaller breeds with shorter hair that don't shed, or that shed less, could be considered for allergy sufferers who do not have asthma or severe symptoms. Hamsters, gerbils, and the like may not be a good alternative pet solution as the litter from their cages can become airborne and cause problems.
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