Managing severe asthma while having pets

Managing severe asthma while having pets can be challenging, but it is possible with careful planning and management. Here are some steps and considerations to help you manage asthma effectively while keeping pets.

By following these strategies and working closely with your healthcare provider, you can manage severe asthma effectively while enjoying the companionship of pets.

Identify Triggers
  1. Allergy Testing:
    1. Get tested to identify if you are specifically allergic to your pet. Common pet allergens include dander, saliva, and urine.

By following these strategies and working closely with your healthcare provider, you can manage severe asthma effectively while enjoying the companionship of pets.

Environmental Controls
  1. Create Allergen-Free Zones:
    • Designate certain areas of your home, such as your bedroom, as pet-free zones to reduce exposure to allergens.
  2. Regular Cleaning:
    • Vacuum frequently with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.
    • Use air purifiers with HEPA filters to reduce airborne allergens.
    • Wash pet bedding and toys regularly.
  3. Pet Grooming:
    • Bathe and groom your pet regularly to reduce the amount of dander they shed. Some sources suggest bathing pets weekly to significantly reduce allergens .
Medical Management
  1. Asthma Action Plan:
    • Work with your healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive asthma action plan that includes daily management and steps to take during an asthma attack.
  2. Medication:
    • Ensure you have the appropriate asthma medications, including inhalers, corticosteroids, and other prescribed treatments. Always have your rescue inhaler accessible.
Allergy Mitigation

Allergy Mitigation

  1. Hypoallergenic Breeds:
    • Consider pets that are known to produce fewer allergens, such as certain breeds of dogs and cats. While no breed is completely hypoallergenic, some may be better suited for people with allergies.
  2. Limited Contact:
    • Minimize direct contact with pets and avoid letting them lick your face or sleep in your bed.
Regular Health Monitoring
  1. Regular Check-Ups:
    • Have regular appointments with your healthcare provider to monitor your asthma and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
Educational Resources
  1. Educational Organisations:
Supportive Actions
  1. Pet Allergy Management:
    • Implement strategies to reduce pet allergens in your home. This can include using allergen-blocking covers on mattresses and pillows and keeping pets out of the bedroom .