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Even Homes Without Pets Have Pet Allergens
Date:11/6/2011

r the substance. Although mild symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter drugs or nasal sprays, immunotherapy is typically most effective since it treats the condition rather than just the symptoms.

Although changes to people's surroundings and immunology can help control pet allergies, in extreme cases, the animal may need to be removed from the home.

"When the allergy is so severe that the individual is having increased asthma attacks or hospitalizations, the health of the person needs to be the top priority in making decisions about the family pet," she cautioned.

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on pet and other indoor allergies.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, Nov. 6, 2011


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