Pet Allergy Products
Your pet vs. your allergiesIf you own a dog or cat, and you have allergy symptoms, it could very well be that you pet is causing your allergies. Up to 30% of people with allergies have cat allergies or dog allergies. How can one live a pet, and survive the onslaught of allergy symptoms as a result? What treatment options are available to help people control their pet allergies? Fortunately, there are many allergy products that can help deal with cat allergies and dog allergies.
Pet Allergy Control
Environmental control, or allergy control to help treat pet allergies, and specifically dog allergies and cat allergies, is one of the most challenging allergy treatment recommendations made by allergists. These recommendations are extremely challenging for a number of reasons. Firstly, the allergens given off by cats, dogs, and other furry pets have multiple sources. Contrary to the notion that the allergens are found solely on the hair and fur, they are also found in the dander, saliva, and in the urine of the animal. The allergens will be found in the highest concentration where the pet resides. But, these allergens are very light, allowing a very gentle breeze to carry them around the house and depositing them in every room. So, pet allergen will be found on the floor, in the carpet, in the bed, on the bookshelves, on the furniture, in clothing, and even on the walls. Some pet allergens, especially cat allergen, is very sticky and will adhere to virtually any surface.
The second challenge is the fact that pet allergens are extremely potent. Therefore, in a highly sensitized individual, exposure to even a small amount of pet allergen can result in severe symptoms.
Pet allergy treatment
If a cause and effect relationship can be established between the exposure to pet allergen and the allergy or asthma symptoms, most allergists will be quick to recommend that the pet be totally and permanently removed from the home. This is especially critical in those who have chronic respiratory symptoms and those who exhibit signs of allergic asthma. This recommendation of total avoidance forms the foundation of treatment of pet allergies. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, for a variety of reasons.
If removal of the animal is not possible, then allergists will recommend that the animal be prevented from going into the bedroom of the individual who has the pet allergy. Just walking through the bedroom will result in the deposition of allergens from the hair, dander, and saliva of the animal.
Cleaning your home for pet allergies
One must be meticulous in cleaning the pet allergens from the home in order to minimize exposure of the allergens to the allergic individual. But, don’t give up hope. There are pet allergy products which can help to reduce the allergens present on the animal and in the home environment.
Efforts should be made to reduce the amount of pet allergen on the pet itself. If possible, the pet should be washed frequently to remove allergen from the hair or fur. There are very helpful products available, including pet shampoos to wash off the allergens, and Allerpet products for cats and dogs, specially formulated to break down the allergens formed.
Use an allergy air purifier
It follows that the greatest risk to the allergic individual is the exposure to pet allergens in the bedroom, where he or she will spend over one third of their lives. HEPA air purifiers for allergies and a HEPA vacuum cleaner can be very helpful in reducing the amount of animal allergens in the home, making the pet allergy more manageable. The presence of a HEPA air purifiers for allergies in the bedroom of the allergic individual is especially important. HEPA filters are 99.97% efficient in removing airborne allergens and irritants and will effectively trap airborne pet allergens. The Online Allergist strongly recommends that you research the options for HEPA air purifiers for allergies carefully by clicking on this very helpful air purifier review in order to find the best air purifier for you and your family’s needs.
Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner
A HEPA vacuum cleaner should be a part of the overall effort to reduce the presence of pet allergens from the indoor environment. As opposed to conventional vacuum cleaners, a HEPA vacuum cleaner is an extremely efficient way to remove allergens from hard surfaces such as floors, walls, and shelving, as well as carpets, rugs, mattresses, and upholstered furniture. We recommend that you consult and study our vacuum cleaner buying guide.
In summary, it is best if the pet allergy individual not live with a pet. But, if that is not a possibility, it is possible to reduce one’s exposure by aggressively removing the allergens by following the above recommendations.