Many households include a different variation of pets. Pets are entertaining, fun, and make great companions. With that being said, they can cause some problems for the members of the household if they have allergies. Pets shed dander, dead skin cells, and hair or feathers, in some cases. All of these items can cause asthma or allergic reactions to flare up, which can lead to shortness of breath or rashes.
Ultimately, if you believe that a pet is causing any of these problems, you should always consult with your local medical physician. Unfortunately, this may mean that you have to find a new home for your pet or pets, but there are several ways to cut down allergens in your household, without taking this drastic step.
You can always lower the dander count in your home, by relocating your pet to the outdoors or by keeping your pet outdoors, as much as possible. You should never allow your pets to enter the bedrooms of the individuals that suffer from these sorts of symptoms mentioned above.
Anyone with allergies should avoid touching or petting the animals. If this person does come into contact with the pet, they should wash their hands immediately. It is also a good idea to keep pets off of carpet. Wood flooring is a much better solution to this problem, whereas wood flooring traps less dander and is much easier to clean. Keeping your pets off of the carpet will cut down on the allergens in your home dramatically.
Stay off The Furniture
While it is always enjoyable to have your pets sitting next to you on your favorite chair or couch, this is a big mistake for allergy sufferers. It is also a good idea to use allergen-resistant bedding because this will help fend away any dander that does find its way into the bedrooms. Of course, there are going to be some furniture and fabrics that pets will come into contact with. These items could be vacuumed or washed on a regular basis. This will include items such as throw rugs, pet beds, cushions, pillows, and blankets.
Dusting, cleaning, and vacuuming as often as you can will dramatically keep dander and dust mites to a minimum in the home. Also, keep in mind that vacuuming a rug or carpet may not always remove the allergens from the lowest levels of the carpet. In fact, this process can even stir up the allergens and give you more problems than you intended. One great way to avoid this is by using a good vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High efficiency particulate air) filter.
If at all possible, it is ideal to perform these tasks, when the person with asthma or allergies is not at home. There are a number of air purifiers that are specifically designed for allergy sufferers which work well to clean the air and prevent allergic reactions. This will prevent that person from coming into contact with any of these harmful particulates. It may not be feasible, but if you have wall-to-wall carpeting in the home, you might want to replace it with wood flooring, especially in the bedrooms of the allergy victim.
Heating and Air Systems
Just about every home has a forced heating and air system. Many people do not realize that this can cause tons of problems for people with asthma or allergies. When the heating and air system comes on it circulates air throughout the home, which mean it is also circulating all the pet dander throughout the home. You can close the vents in the rooms of the people with allergies, but this may become very uncomfortable for them. However, there is another solution.
The heating and air industry now offers many different types of HEPA filters for your heating and air system that will cut down on dust mites and pet dander. There is also another invention known as the room air cleaner that may be a little bit more cost friendly. This is a small machine equipped with a HEPA filter that will clean just the air in the room that you place it in.
You should always make sure that bathe your pets regularly. If you have a cat or a dog, there are many new allergen shampoos available on the open market. Studies have shown that these shampoos will reduce the amount of dander that your pet flakes off. Some studies have shown up to 85% less dander was left in the home after a thorough cleaning.
Hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, and other pets are probably confined to a cage, within the home. These types of pets are also known for being less problematic to people who suffer from asthma or allergies.
With that being said, there are still some cases, where these pets can cause symptoms to flare up. You should make sure that you are cleaning your pet’s cages at least once every week and if this does not fix the problem you could always relocate your pets to another part of the home.