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February 10, 2010 at 9:26 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Natural Treatment Options for Pet Allergies

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Pets have many great benefits for people: they provide an enormous source of companionship; make their owners and families happy; and they are even helpers for some. The downside can be when allergies come into play. Pet allergies can be frustrating and, sometimes, quite painful, depending on the severity. They cause watery eyes, runny noses, and other various symptoms that call for relief. There are a number of ways to reduce or eliminate those symptoms without seeing an allergist.

Determining Your Allergy

To properly pinpoint the exact cause of your allergy, you may want to first try removing the pet in question or at least keep it away from soft surfaces, such as furniture and bedding. Then clean the area from top to bottom; dust, vacuum, and wash the walls and other textiles to rid the area of hair and dander. Moving a cat's litter box to a more isolated area and cleaning regularly may also be a helpful way to alleviate your symptoms. If that doesn't seem to relieve your symptoms, the next step would be to get a test from your physician. This can be done through a blood test and will give the results most accurately.

What You Can Do

If the test results show you have an allergic reaction to your household pet, you may be recommended to begin treatment for the allergy to prevent further symptoms and aggravation. There are certain all-natural supplements that may relieve the same symptoms as prescription medications or shots, without the risk for the development of complications or side effects.

Your doctor may also recommend that you change habits within your home. Installing (if you do not already have) a high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) in your air ducts at home or get a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Also, by changing your HEPA filter and other filters regularly in your home, you can begin taking control of the amount of dander in the air. By not changing your filters regularly, an excessive amount of allergens will be floating around the air in your home.

Side Effects of Allergy Medications

Doctor prescribed medications, shots, and even over-the-counter medications can have the following various side effects: 

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness 
  • Weight gain 
  • Increased blood pressure

Trying All-Natural Supplements

If you would like to avoid the risks and side effects that allergy shots and prescribed medications may cause, all-natural supplements are worth considering. Such supplements have ingredients that work with your body's immune system to strengthen and fight the symptoms that disrupt everyday life. It's safe to try all-natural supplements because they include ingredients that are found in nature that can also be found in other things that we regularly consume. There are a variety of different supplements for more specific symptoms, so it's important to read carefully and determine which is right for you.


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