Pets become family: they’re forgiving, around when you need them, are not judgmental, and love you unconditionally. In the United States there are around 100 million pets! But for some, loving pets can cause allergic reactions.
Your immune system fights to rid your body of foreign substances that could harm your body. For those with pet allergies, their immune systems react to harmless proteins in pet dander, saliva or other bodily fluids. Even a light scratch on skin can cause a person’s skin to react. These allergens can cling to clothes, furniture and other objects transporting dander into areas that pets have never even been in before. Allergens can retain their strength for months causing those with pet allergies to still have reactions even when a pet has not been in the area for weeks.
Allergic reactions can vary from person to person but generally include itching red eyes, stuffy nose and breathing problems. Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath are common symptoms. Sometimes people may get an intense rash on their face, neck and/or upper chest. Contact with cats can lead to an asthma attack or even chronic asthma. To diagnose a pet allergy, a skin prick test or a blood test and medical history must be taken by a medical professional.
Denying symptoms is extremely common with people who have pets. People love their pets and tend to be willing to put up with whatever obstacles they are thrown.
Fortunately, we’ve compiled some tips that can help to keep pet allergy symptoms minimal.
- Make your Bedroom a No Pet Zone
- Wash your hands frequently – this can help reduce the length of allergens life.
- Talk with your doctor about medication or allergy shots.
- Purchase an Airfree purifier – our purifiers clean the air you breathe and rid it of threatening allergens.