Yesterday, Grace blogged the role of the gracious host who welcomes guests into their pet friendly home. As the hyper-allergic guest, we appreciate her attention to detail. It's not unusual for those of us who are allergic to be the object of attention of those very pets we're trying to steer clear of. When your reactions to a friend's pet can make you physically ill, the challenge is balancing taking care of yourself without making your host feel uncomfortable...
- Don't expect that your allergy-free friends will understand that Fido's friendly lick of your face will cause a rash. Take care of yourself.
- Make your allergies known before you visit.
- Pick unupholstered or leather furniture to sit in over the lushy cushioned seating: it's less likely to hold pet hair and dander
- When possible, suggest sitting outside or taking a walk.
- Monitor your reaction. Leave before your symptoms become a challenge and stay half as long as you'd planned.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Carry your medication with you .