Allergy Specialist Washington, DC
If you believe your child has an animal allergy, you may need the help of a Washington, DC allergy specialist from Black & Kletz Allergy. Finding out your child is allergic to the family pet can be very upsetting. Unfortunately, this discovery is not uncommon with up to 30 percent of people who have allergies are allergic to cats and dogs. Twice as many people are allergic to cats than dogs.
Contrary to what you might have heard or read, it is not the animals’ hair that is the cause of the symptoms. Rather the symptoms come from proteins which are found in pet dander, urine, or saliva. These proteins can stick to clothing, furniture, and walls, and they can stay there for a very long time. It is also possible for an animal to bring outside allergens, like pollen, into the house.
An allergist might tell you that if you are allergic to something, you should try to avoid it. When the allergen is a beloved pet, this may be difficult. If the allergens are severe, a Washington, DC allergy specialist may recommend finding a new home for your pet.
A child allergic to an animal might suffer from a stuffy nose, watery or itchy eyes, and wheezing. If the symptoms worsen, it could cause an asthma attack. If you notice these symptoms, you should have your child tested as soon as possible.
How You Can Reduce Pet Allergies
As long as your child’s pet allergies are not severe, it may be possible to reduce their symptoms and keep your pet.
Keep Your Pet Out of Your Child’s Bedroom – Your child’s room should be pet-free. It should also be kept very clean and have a quality air purifier and air filter inside. The filters should be cleaned frequently.
Use Extra Protection on Your Child’s Bed – Dust mite covers are available for mattresses, pillows, and blankets. Dust mites are an allergy trigger and can be carried around by pets. These covers not only help to keep the dust mites away, but they can also help with pet dander. Stuffed animals should also be kept out of the bed.
Opt for Hard Surfaces – Whenever you can, try to replace any upholstered surfaces with hard surfaces or those that can be washed easily. Pet dander can stick to upholstery, curtains, carpet, rugs, and drapes. It is less likely to stick to wood, tile, or vinyl. Plus hard surfaces are much easier to clean.
If your child’s room has carpet, it should be cleaned on a regular basis. Ideally, a HEPA vacuum cleaner or steam cleaner will be used on this surface.
Bathe Your Pet – A weekly bath can reduce pet dander. Ask a non-allergic member of the family to bathe the pet and ensure their clothes are thoroughly washed after. You should make sure the shampoo is okay for your pet. Bare in mind that bathing a pet too frequently can actually cause more pet dander.
Wash Your Hands – Try to teach your child how to wash his or her hands with soap and water after touching the pet. This can prevent them from spreading the allergens to their nose, mouth, and eyes.
Discuss Treatment Options with a Washington, DC Allergy Specialist – There are allergy medications for pet dander, but not all are equal. You should talk with an allergist about the best possible form of treatment.
Consult a Veterinarian – A diet rich in certain nutrients can help your pet to retain moisture and reduce pet dander. Omega 3 and Omega 6’s are ideal for pets.
Set up Your Appointment With a Washington, DC Allergy Specialist
For a consultation with a Washington, DC allergy specialist from Black & Kletz Allergy, call our office today.