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How can you get rid of pet dander for asthma?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Andrew Murphy
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
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.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
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.
Dr. Sean McGhee
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Sean McGhee
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