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Allergic to your S.O.’s pet? Here are 3 tips to keep you from sneezing out the romantic flame

 1 year ago       175 Views

Maybe you’re just itchy all over and unable to breathe comfortably, which may not be directly disruptive to your date night, but geez, what a downer!

“And twice as many people have a cat allergy as a dog allergy.” Even if you’ve successfully shared space with a cat or a dog in the past, an allergy can still develop later in life, which is—womp womp,—what happened to me.

“For those predisposed to allergies, [repeated exposure to the allergen] can cause the development of allergies, especially if someone lived with the cat or dog and then was re-exposed,” Dr. Parikh says.

“Bare floors are best, but if you have carpets, frequent vacuuming with an HEPA filter is important,” says LanAnh Do, MD, an allergist and immunologist.

Cleaning the animal itself is also a good thing.

“Frequent washing of the animal, once or twice a week, helps with allergies,” says Dr. Do.

Of course, it goes without saying, but—even if the pet is clean—the allergic one in the relationship should avoid cuddling it (much to my detriment).

“Steroid nasal sprays like Flonase and Nasacort, along with oral antihistamines are very safe long-term,” Dr. Do says.

“If allergies are very bad, see a board-certified allergist for allergy shots, which is immunotherapy,” he says.

A lucky few can attain a full cure.” Since the last thing you want is a cute animal coming between you and your flame, take special care to ensure you can enjoy the love rather than sniffle and suffer while going through the motions.


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