How Can Pet Allergies Be Managed or Treated?

Management of pet allergies may involve:

  • Avoidance of exposure to pets or allergen-proofing the home (e.g., keeping pets out of the bedroom, using air purifiers with HEPA filters, frequent vacuuming and cleaning).
  • Medications such as antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, decongestants, or allergy shots (immunotherapy) to alleviate symptoms and reduce the body’s allergic response.
  • Allergy-friendly pet breeds or hypoallergenic pets, although these may still produce allergens and trigger reactions in some individuals.