Pet Allergies

Article in Family Circle by Alison Goldman — “Pet allergies are nothing to sneeze at—an estimated 10% of the U.S. population and up to 30% of people with asthma suffer from them. Despite the less-than-desirable consequences, many still yearn for creature companionship. “I’m very pro-pet,” says Clifford Bassett, MD, allergist and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York. “But if you have a pet and allergies, you need to look for a long-term solution to create a comfortable and safe experience.” Before making any significant changes to your lifestyle or home, Dr. Bassett recommends being diagnosed—usually by way of a skin test or sometimes with a blood test called RAST—at an allergist’s office. That way you’ll be sure it’s the cat that’s causing your symptoms and not the dust mites in your bed. Read on to learn what triggers pet allergies and the steps you can take to reduce them.”

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