pet allergies: managing symptoms

Find out how to manage the sniffling, sneezing, and wheezing.


How do you know when those cold-like symptoms are really signs of a pet allergy? Our expert will help you learn the difference.

Treatment Options

For mild pet allergies, your child will likely need an antihistamine to calm her reactions, according to Dr. Goldstein. "The ones on the market now don't cause drowsiness, so they can easily be taken at school," he notes. If her symptoms seem to be getting worse, however, she may need to use a nasal steroid spray (such as Flonase or Nasonex) to reduce inflammation.

When Allergies Lead to Asthma

More serious asthma symptoms require inhaled steroids (such as Flovent) and anti-inflammatory medications. Only when these measures fail would allergy shots (immunotherapy) be considered.

Managing Symptoms Away from Home

Your child should always carry her medication with her, as dander can be present anywhere; be sure her teacher and the school nurse are aware of her allergy and medication needs.

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Jessica Brown
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