Tips to control pet allergies, from Harvard Medical School

Published: October, 2009

If you have both a pet and pet allergies, you don't have to give up your pet. Pet lovers can take steps to reduce allergy-induced misery, according to What to do About Allergies, a newly revised Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

Pet allergies are caused by tiny proteins in pet dander and saliva that are notoriously "sticky" and difficult to eliminate, making pet allergies among the toughest to prevent. These proteins stick to bedding, clothing, and upholstered furniture. This explains why a person with pet allergies can start sneezing from just brushing against a pet owner. It also means that curbing your allergic response requires extra diligence.
If you can't bear to give up your pet, here are some suggestions for controlling allergens in your environment and preventing symptoms:

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