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Pets May Be Good for Allergy Sufferers

Got allergies? You don’t necessarily have to give away the cat, according to a recent allergy study conducted at the University of Virginia.

According to Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills, head of Allergy and Asthma at UVa, there is no real evidence that families need to get rid of their cats because someone in the home is diagnosed with allergies or asthma.

In fact, according to Platts-Mills, recent studies show that children living with a dog or cat at home get less asthma – and that having two pets in the household provides more protection than one. This research is consistent with current allergy theory that exposing a child to dust, pet dander and other allergens at a young age will help him or her build up immunities to them. According to once study, a whopping 80 percent of children who are allergic to felines never had a cat!

If you or your child is allergic to your animal companion, however, Platts-Mills recommends that you get rid of your carpeting, cover mattresses and cushions with zippered, plastic casings, and use a HEPA air filter to remove airborne animal dander.