1. See an allergy SpecialiSt.
These doctors have an arsenal of weapons,
such as medication and immunotherapy, to
help you in your battle against allergens.
Holistic allergy remedies — acupuncture,
for example — also can provide relief. An
allergy specialist can pinpoint exactly what
you are allergic to, which can help you to
avoid or minimize the allergen.
2. Keep your cat’S favorite
Sleeping SpotS off-limitS to
the allergic perSon.
Felines are creatures of habit and usually
have a couple of favorite spots where they
groom the most, right before taking a nice
nap. When cats groom, they transfer allergens from their saliva to their skin, which
dries and creates dander that can settle
on fabric or become airborne. Needless
to say, if you’re allergic, your cat’s nap area
of choice is not the best place for you to
lounge. Throw a washable blanket over her
favorite sleeping spots to easily clean away
the allergens. Another strategy: Make the
room that you used to transition your cat
when you first brought her home your cat’s
bedroom, recommended Kate Stryker, a
Siberian cat breeder from Buffalo, New York.
4. Keep window treatmentS
clean, and replace curtainS
Allergens love fabric, and can make themselves at home on it and remain stable for
a year, Stryker said. So if you have curtains,
wash them monthly. Allergens are less likely
to cling to harder surfaces like vertical blinds;
you can just wipe those down with a damp
cloth weekly without having to remove and
5. filter the air.
Replace heating and air conditioning fil-
ters monthly to once every three months,
depending on the type of system you have.
Also, have the air ducts cleaned every three
to seven years. You should do this whether
or not you suffer from allergies, but it is
essential if you do.
3. replace carpeting with hardwood,
laminate, or tile flooring.
Hard surfaces like tile, hardwood, and laminate make life easier
in general for people with pets. It’s a lot simpler to thoroughly
remove allergens and clean accidents from these surfaces than
it is from carpeting. Just steam clean or wet mop weekly.