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Top 5 Ways to Manage Pet Allergy Symptoms

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Managing Pet Allergy Symptoms

You're no stranger to a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, rashes and welts. You're one of more than 60 million Americans the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates are affected by allergies in general, but your symptoms always seem to show up when one of man's furry friends -- a pet -- comes around. This may not be the most convenient of allergies you could have, especially if you're an animal lover, but at least you know you're in good company: Up to a third of all allergies are animal-related, and, according to the Humane Society of the United States, there are approximately 77.5 million dogs and 93.6 million cats owned as pets. This means there are many people out there experiencing at least a few of these symptoms when they're in the presence of a furry friend:

Stuffy or runny nose

Red, itchy eyes

Coughing

Excessive sneezing

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you count yourself among this group, check out these five methods for finding some relief.

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