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Pet allergies: For the love of Fido and Fluffy, and their owners | FOX2now.com

Allergies: For love of pets, and their owners

Pet allergies: For the love of Fido and Fluffy, and their owners | FOX2now.com.

Allergists such as Dr. Clifford Bassett, director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York and ACAAI fellow, understand the plight of the allergic pet-lover.

There are several lifestyle modifications that can provide some relief, he said. Bassett recommends getting a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorption) air filter, which can suck up irritating particles from dogs and cats, as well as a HEPA-type vacuum cleaner.

Carpeting collects pet dander, so linoleum, wood, tile are preferred on floors. Otherwise, frequent vacuuming, dusting and other cleaning can help make a room more allergy-friendly.

Designating the bedroom as pet-free can also help, Bassett said. Of course, that can be difficult for those of us who like to cuddle with our furry friends.

To treat symptoms, a doctor may prescribe antihistamines, prescription nasal sprays and eye drops, as well as inhalers for asthma. Depending on the person and the circumstances, managing oneself this way may be enough.

A longer-term solution is allergy shots, which can be effective in building up a tolerance to pets. They are particularly helpful when avoidance and medications are not successful, Bassett said. But the shots are an investment — you need to get them for at least three years, although improvement shows after about six months of weekly injections, according to ACAAI.

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A Painless Alternative to Allergy Shots on the Way



(NBC NEWS) — Some allergy sufferers may soon be able to ditch shots in favor of something less painful.

A panel of experts is meeting at the Food and Drug Administration today and is expected to decide whether to recommend full F.D.A. approval for allergy tablets that would be dissolved under the tongue.

Two companies are seeking F.D.A. approval for tablets to treat people with grass and pollen allergies.

Tablets may allow patients to treat themselves at home.

But that luxury concerns some allergists.

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