How to Reduce Pet Allergies

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If you have pet allergies, this shouldn't mean that you have to cut all animals out of your life forever. Learn how to reduce pet allergies with help from a renowned medical expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, hi I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a board certified allergist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I'm going to talk to you today about decreasing pet allergies. Well, obviously no pets would be better than having pets but that's not why you're here today. So let's talk about what types of pets to have and how to decrease allergies within those categories. Well furry pets are going to be more allergic than non-furry pets so dogs and cats are more allergic than say reptiles but not everybody wants a reptile. Within dogs and cats, cats tend to be more allergic than dogs and usually the allergic part is going to be the saliva. What happens is that the cat licks themselves, the hair then settles on wherever the cat is and then you have problems. Keeping the cat out of the bedroom is better than in the bedroom, off the furniture is also better. Now if you could wash the cat and good luck with that, you'd be having less problems than if the cat is unwashed. In terms of dogs the same applies, some dogs though are less allergic than others, smaller dogs, Shih Tzus or Brussels Gruffons are less allergic than say Collies or Labradors and Poodles in general are less allergic than dogs of different breeds. So, if you're going to have that animal and that animal is going to be with you, try to not rub your face into the animal, try to wash your hands after a lot of contact with dogs, try to have the animal washed. These are good things to do to decrease exposure and decrease problems. If you have symptoms in spite of all of this and medications are available, there are over-the-counter histamines that are available. There are prescriptive medicines that are like nasal cortisone nasal sprays or nasal antihistamines that also could be beneficial. If those things don't work or if you really want to try to solve the problem then some people get allergy shots or allergy immunotherapy or they're given a little bit of what they're allergic to and eventually more and more and what happens is that they lose their allergy and they become more protected or more immune against the thing that they're allergic to. I hope this information has been helpful to you. I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a board certified allergist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I talked to you today about reducing pet allergies. Thank you.

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