Will Pet Hair on My Clothes Bother My Allergic Friends?

Will Pet Hair on My Clothes Bother My Allergic Friends?

People at my school are allergic to animals, but I have a dog and a horse. What if I wear clothes with animal hair on them to school? I always wear clean clothes but I pet my dog and horse goodbye in the morning.
- PuppyPony

It's animal dander — tiny flakes from animal skin, fur, or feathers — that people are often allergic to. And if you're petting your animals goodbye, some of the dander could get on your clothes and skin. It's a good idea to wash your hands well after petting the animals before heading to school. And if you are cuddling or brushing your animals, it's probably best to change into different clothes.

Even if you do all that, you'll probably still bring some animal dander with you to school. But you will have done a lot to cut down on the amount. You also might ask your friends with allergies how to best protect them — everyone's allergies are a little different, and what causes a problem in one person may not in another.

Last, but not least, it is very considerate of you to think of others!

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: April 2015

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

© 1995-2015 KidsHealth® All rights reserved.
Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com

Bookmark and Share

Related Resources
OrganizationAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology offers up-to-date information and a find-an-allergist search tool.
Web SiteAAAAI Just for Kids This Just for Kids page from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology offers lots of fun activities to help you learn about managing your allergies and asthma.
Related Articles
Learning About Allergies During an allergic reaction, your body's immune system goes into overdrive. Find out more in this article for kids.
If I Have Asthma, Can I Keep My Pet? Uh-oh. Your pet might be making your asthma worse. Find out more in this article for kids.
Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands? Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Learn all about the best way to wash your hands in this article for kids.
Developments Developments
Sign up for enewsletter
Get involved Get involved
Discover ways to support Akron Children's