What is Pet Dander?
More than 65% U.S. households have a cat or a dog. Most for companion and a sense of comfort. However, people with allergies should be cautious in figuring out if and what kind of animal to bring into theyre home. Cat and dog dander, skin flakes, saliva, and urine, are all ways that an allergic reaction can occur (wheezing, runny eyes and nose, wheezing). The animal hair is not a very significant allergen, but the actual hair itself can collect pollen, mold, dust, and many other allergens. Although individual pets may produce more or less allergen, there is no relationship believed between the length of the pet hair and the actual allergen production. All breeds can carry allergens.
Pet Dander in Cats
An estimated 6 million Americans are allergic to cats. Cat allergen is not the cat hair, but the protein present in the saliva and dander of the cats. These allergens are then airborne as microscopic particles. Once these become inhaled, it begins to produce allergy symptoms.
Pet Dander in Dogs
Dog allergy is less common than cat allergy. Dogs tend to itch themselves more than the cats do, resulting in more of the allergen being introduced throughout the hair. A lot of reasons for the dogs itching are that the dog may too have an allergic reaction to something in the home. The most common among many, is mold.
Natural Ways To Control Pet Dander Allergies
Don't always assume you need to eliminate the pet from the home because of a family member's allergy. First, make sure it is the actual animal causing the allergy. The best way in doing so is to remove the individual from the pet's environment for a week or so, and see if the allergies improve or weaken. Once a pet allergy has been confirmed, the best way of treating it may be to find another home for the pet. Once the pet has been removed, it may take up to eight months to have the pet allergen out of the home. However, if the family decides to keep the pet, there are some ways to reduce the allergen pet exposures to the home. These include:
- Keeping the pet of any and all furniture where dander can be transferred.
- If able, keep the pet outdoors as often as possible.
- Try no to pet or kiss the animal.
- The pet should not be in the bedroom of the person allergic
- Litter boxes should be placed somewhere out of where the allergic person is, and the allergic person should not change it.
- When brushing or grooming always wear gloves and a face mask.
- Take pet to a grooming service
- Find an allergen detergent or wash and wash clothes often, especially after playing or petting the animal.
- Wash face and hands frequently
- Bath the pet at least once a week if possible
- Use a dust spray
- Use room purifiers
- Get a good vacuum ( HEPA vacuum cleaners are a good choice)
There are many ways in keeping the allergen to a minimum if you choose to keep a pet in your home. Trying several of these suggestions and more to find out what helps pet dander allergies will help relieve the bothersome symptoms.