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How can you get rid of pet dander for asthma?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Bathing/Cleaning: While nothing works as well as simply not having a cat or dog in the first place, you can dramatically reduce the amount of dander by bathing the animal twice per week, vacuuming with a filtered vacuum, having hard polished floors and using a hepa air filter in key rooms. However, this is a significant amount of work, and it will still take about four months for the dander to disappear.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Very difficult: It is very difficult to get rid of pet allergen , particularly cat or dog allergen, unless the animal is removed from the home. There have been various washing techniques proposed but these are very short lived fixes ( last only a matter of hours). Hepa filtration has not been very effective either.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
If you choose not to get rid of your pet, keep them out of the bedroom where many people spend 8-10 hrs a night. Minimize allergens as much as possible in the bedroom.
Mar 11, 2012
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Get rid of pet: The only way to get rid of pet dander is to move your pet outdoors...& never let them back inside even in inclement weather. I know this sounds cruel. Sadly its true. What about dogs with hair? The composition of hair & fur is the same. Hairs are shed individually. Fur is all shed around the same time - spring & fall - so you get sudden increases in the home. Dander comes from saliva & skin cells.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
If getting rid of a pet is not an option, keep them out of the bedroom where most people spend 8-10+ hours daily. Also minimize other allergens in the bedroom.
Mar 11, 2012

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Can you get rid of asthma completely?

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