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Top Tips for Living with a Pet Allergy
Thursday May 25th 2017
The love that you share with your pets often outweighs any pesky allergies, so we’ve put together some top tips and strategies for drastically reducing your symptoms and making life a lot easier for you and your family.
Identify which type of pet allergy you have
It’s no good scouring the internet for fancy filters, antihistamines and sprays if you’re not 100% on which allergen is causing you the most trouble.
It may be worth investing some time in getting a basic skin prick test, something that is readily available from your local allergist. Doing so could identify the primary cause of your symptoms and allow you to take appropriate action.
(Some house owners, for example, have stronger reactions to their pets’ urine and saliva, while others tend to be more affected by airborne pollutants.)
Purchase an air purifier
A common cause of symptoms is the dander your pets shed when going about their daily lives. Having these particles in your living space can cause problems for allergy and asthma sufferers alike.
Purchasing an air purifier might be the nifty solution you require to solve this issue, available online and from most home and garden / retail furniture stores. A purifier equipped with HEPA filtration would be an even greater benefit, as these specifically target dander, pet hair, allergens, dust and pollen particles. Having one of these in your home could potentially eliminate up to 99% of contaminants in your living space.
Clean your household
That’s the air taken care of, but if your symptoms persist, it might be due to the actual cleanliness of your living space. After all, pet dander and allergens could have easily settled on your carpets, curtains or bedding.
Dusting, vacuuming and ensuring these surfaces are as clean as possible is a very good idea. If you own a smaller pet, such as a rabbit or hamster, you should also ensure that their cage/hutch is cleaned out weekly. It might even be worth moving their cage to your shed or out of living areas if it helps keep your allergies at bay.
Restrict contact if necessary
If your allergies are quite severe, then you certainly don’t want your pet parading around on your furniture and making itself comfortable on your bed – unless of course you’re prepared to be cleaning up after them all the while!
It’s for this reason why some pet owners choose to keep their pet outside for most of the day, or barred from certain rooms within the household – keeping pets limited to your kitchen, for example, could be a great help, as tiles are much easier to clean than thick carpets.
Maintain proper hygiene
Striving to ensure your home is an allergy-free zone is one thing, but keeping yourself and your pets clean also comes as top priority. Bathing your cat or dog as often as possible can reportedly reduce allergens in their fur by up to an impressive 85%. If you decide to buy anti-allergy or dander-reducing shampoo, this is an even better idea.
Washing your own hands thoroughly after contact with your pets is important, as well as ensuring that other family members follow suit. Remember, if your family aren’t conscious of maintaining proper hygiene around the household, they could easily frustrate your efforts.