We love sharing our humble abode with our beloved pets, but what do you do when you start getting that itchy feeling in your throat and a sneeze attack hits you when you least expect it? Unfortunately for some, the struggle is real, and they are constantly dealing with symptoms associated with pet allergies. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, allergies to dogs or cats occur in approximately 15% of the population.
Pet allergies can affect anyone at any age, and if you or your family suffers from it, then finding ways to control and manage it probably does not fall far off your radar. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce indoor allergens and allergy symptoms so you and your pet can live together harmoniously.
Tips to Help Keep Pet Allergies Under Control
Bathe your Pet Often
People are often allergic to the dander (dead skin cells) of the pet. Bathing your pet on a weekly basis will help reduce dander build-up throughout the house. Remember to always use a dog-friendly shampoo that will leave your pet’s skin moisturized and their coat soft.
Install or Purchase a “HEPA” Air Cleaner
These air cleaners help remove various allergens from the environment including pet dander. Use these in areas that your dog tends to occupy more often, as it will improve the air quality and keep the atmosphere in your home clean.
Check with your Doctor for Specific Allergies
Getting a skin or blood test completed by your doctor can allow you to see what substance or allergen may be triggering the allergic response. While you may be sensitive to your pet, something else in your household could be the leading culprit.
Try Allergy Treatments
There are typically two types of allergy treatments—medication and immunotherapy. Medicines such as decongestants and antihistamines are most commonly used, helping to reduce a stuffy nose, sneezing, and other related symptoms.
Immunotherapy is done by applying gradual increases of the allergen into the skin. This causes the immune system to become less sensitive to the substance over time.
Create Pet Free Zones in the House
You might want to reconsider the next time you let Fido onto the couch or into the bedroom. Determine areas in the house that are prohibited to your dog to reduce dander build up and help you and your guests breathe easy.
Vacuum and Dust Regularly
Vacuum the carpet and rugs at least twice a week and dust areas around the house such as curtains, blinds, and furnishings. When vacuuming, make sure that it has a fresh bag or has been recently emptied to allow the most suction possible.
A house would not be a home without our pets, so finding ways to alleviate pet allergy symptoms is crucial to maintaining a breathable and healthy living space for everyone. Using these tips are sure to get you on the road to a healthy home for your family and pets.