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A variety of things in the environment can make asthma or allergy symptoms worse. These are called “triggers.” Your doctor can help you figure out what your child’s triggers are.
Being around animals can be a trigger for many kids.
Pets have a protein in their saliva (spit), urine (pee), or dander (tiny flakes of dead skin) that can set off a person’s asthma or allergy symptoms.
If you think being around a pet is making your child’s symptoms worse, have your child tested for allergies.
If your child has an animal allergy, you’ll have to decide whether to keep your pet or find it a new home. The best course is to remove the pet from your home, though this isn’t usually the easiest or happiest solution. Your child, other kids in the family, and even adults may have a tough time with this decision.
In some cases, your doctor may say it’s OK to keep a pet if your child takes medicine or gets allergy shots. If so, you’ll still need to limit your child’s exposure to the animal.
Here are some tips:
Sometimes, such measures may not be enough. Because animal allergens are airborne, heating and ventilation systems will spread allergens throughout the house, even if the pet is kept out of bedrooms.
If your child still has symptoms after taking medicines, including allergy shots, or needs a bunch of medicines to be around your pet, your only choice might be to find a new home for your pet.
If so, be sure to discuss this with your child. Reassure your child that this isn’t his or her “fault” — and make sure siblings don’t blame the child. Losing a pet, even to a friend’s home, can be hard for everyone in the family.
After a pet is removed from the home, it can take several months before dander is totally gone.
When going to a house with a pet, your child should first take any prescribed allergy medicine and (as always) bring along quick-relief medicine (also called rescue or fast-acting medicine).
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Asthma flare-ups are the main reason kids with asthma miss school. But well-managed asthma is far less likely to result in a sick day.
Asthma keeps more kids home from school than any other chronic illness. Learn how to help your child manage the condition, stay healthy, and stay in school.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Millions of Americans, including many kids, have an allergy. Find out how allergies are diagnosed and how to keep them under control.
Many kids battle allergies year-round, and some can’t control their symptoms with medications. For them, allergy shots (or allergen immunotherapy) can help.
Asthma control can take a little time and energy to master, but it’s worth the effort. Learn more about ways to manage your child’s asthma.
If mold makes your child’s asthma or allergies worse, learn how to limit exposure to it.
If pollen makes your child’s asthma or allergies worse, learn how to limit exposure it.
If strong scents, smoke, and smog make your child’s asthma or allergies worse, learn how to limit contact with these irritants.
Find out how to limit exposure to cockroaches if they make your child’s asthma or allergies worse.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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