If you love dogs, chances are good that you are going to do whatever is in your power to live with at least one. This can be a problem if you are allergic to dogs, especially if you find out that you are allergic to dogs later in life or suddenly develop an allergic reaction to them. You probably don't want to give up your beloved pet just because of the moderate inconvenience of your reaction. Here are some tips for making sure that you are still able to function on a day-to-day basis while living with a dog that you are allergic to.
1. Look Into Shots
If you have just spoken to an allergy testing professional and have had your allergies confirmed, you may be able to speak to him or her about the possibility of shots. New drugs are being developed and approved all the time for allergies and there might be a set of shots for your particular situation that will alleviate your allergic reaction to your dog for a year or longer.
2. Create a Dog Free Space Within Your Home
Reinforce boundaries in your home so that you that there is at least one space within your home that is guaranteed to not have dander or other allergens in it that come from your dog. This will give you a space to wait and recuperate so that your symptoms do not become unmanageable. Be sure that you keep this zone truly allergen free by filtering the air that comes in and vacuuming and dusting on a regular basis.
3. Clean Regularly
Get on a regular cleaning and vacuuming schedule so that any dander or other allergens that your dog produces do not build up over time. Make sure that you are vacuuming inside upholstered furniture and are thoroughly beating any rugs that you might have in order to make sure that you are keeping your home as free from dander as possible.
3. Wash Your Hands
Finally, be sure that you are thoroughly washing your hands after touching your dog, especially before you touch your ears, your eyes, or your mouth. These three areas are the easiest points of entry for allergens. By washing your hands before touching these areas, you can reduce the amount of allergens that make it into your body.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in allergy testing.