Trigger Controls

Smoke should not be allowed in the home of someone with asthma or allergies.

If the pet stays in the home, keep it out of the bedroom of anyone with asthma or allergies.

Weekly pet baths may help cut down the amount of pet saliva and dander in the home.

Here are some common triggers and some ways to help control them at home
Tobacco Smoke -  Ask family members and friends to smoke outdoors. Suggest that they quit smoking. Your local American Lung Association can help. Ask your Lung Association how you can help a family member or friend quit smoking.

Wood Smoke
- Wood smoke is a problem for children and adults with asthma and allergies. Avoid wood stoves and fireplaces.

- Almost all pets can cause allergies, including dogs, cats and small animals like birds, hamsters and guinea pigs. All pets should be removed from the home if pets trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Pet allergen may stay in the home for months after the pet is gone because it remains in house dust. Allergy and asthma symptoms may take some time to get better.

Sometimes you hear that certain cats or dogs are "non-allergenic." There is really no such thing as a "non-allergenic" pet, especially if the pet leaves dander and saliva in the home. Goldfish or other tropical fish may be a good substitute.



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