Six Best Ways To Deal With Pet Allergies
According to statistics from the 2017 National Pet Owner’s Survey, 68 percent of households in the U.S are living with pets. Of these households, close to half own a cat or a dog. While Fido and Puss are America’s most adored mammals, they are also the commonest source of indoor allergies. Although some people are allergic to hamsters, mice or rat hair, nothing is as prevalent as cat or dog hair allergy. Is your pet killing you with allergy? Here are five things to do to deal with pet allergy.
1. Keep pets out of your bedroom
You are likely to come into contact with pet dander when sited or lying down. If you spend considerable time in the bedroom, you could be at a higher risk of developing an allergy if pets are constantly on your bedding. Pet dander can easily be breathed, and fur can come into contact with your skin. Animal fur and dander are not easy to spot on bedding and even harder to remove without a thorough cleaning. To keep yourself protected, shut your bedroom door at all times and train your pets not to enter your room.
2. Reduce contact with them
You may not be able to resist snuggling and the rubbing from your furry friend, but if his continued presence on your lap will give you an asthmatic attack, you are better off alone. It is widely known that the best way to defeat an allergy is to avoid an allergen, so there should be no hard feelings here. However, it is important to be certain about the allergen; you do not want to keep your companion at arm’s length over a sneezing that is caused by dust mites.
3. Keep them off the carpet and furniture
As much as your cat loves to sleep on the couch and the dog will not get off the carpet, you need to stamp your feet. Upholstered furniture and carpets can trap dander, and other allergens and your animals should not be allowed to get on them. Alternatively, remove carpets and rugs and replace furniture covered with fabric with other alternatives.
4. Clean the house regularly
Clean and vacuum all rooms regularly. Investing in a good vacuum that has a HEPA filter can reduce pet dander in the air. Shampoo the rugs and carpets regularly and change your bedding frequently. You should also keep the pet sleeping area clean and wash off walls where pets love rubbing.
5. Take medication
So what if you have already developed allergy symptoms? These might include sneezing, running nose, itchy eyes, nasal congestion and even tightness of chest. Over the counter medication such as antihistamines can relieve mild symptoms. However, symptoms associated with asthma that include difficulty in breathing should be taken seriously. If you do not have instant relief such as an inhaler, seek medical attention immediately. Antihistamines such as Zyrtec or Allegra can protect you from allergy if swallowed before exposure to pets. For long time relief, try allergen immunotherapy shots.
6. Consider other pets
If you can’t love a tail wagger you can be fond of something else. Reptiles such as snakes and lizards can offer you companionship without the risk of allergy as they have no fur or feathers. Fish are also great to have and to look at.