From congestion to watery eyes, a pet allergy can be uncomfortable and even disrupt your daily life. So, if you suffer from this problem and own a pet, we’ve put together a few tips to help you out. From grooming to cleaning, there is so much you can do.1
What causes a pet allergy?
There is a slight misconception around pet allergies that it is the fur people are allergic to. However, this simply isn’t the case. Instead most people are allergic to animal dander (shed skin particles), saliva and urine that pets produce. Animal dander may trigger hayfever and asthmatic symptoms, or they may produce skin reactions such as eczema.1,2
How can I reduce the risk of developing an allergy?
1. Get rid of your carpet.
Replace it with hardwood or laminate flooring and replace drapes or curtains with shutters or blinds. If replacing carpet is out of the question get your carpet professionally deep-cleaned at least twice a year. Choose leather sofas over fabric or non-plush sofa covers so allergens cannot attach.2
2. Clean, clean and clean again!
Vacuuming frequently can keep allergens from piling up. The single most important key to vacuuming frequently is to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which removes 99.97% of all tiny particles. What’s also important is a vacuum that is sealed and can trap allergens instead of redistributing them through the air.1
3. Grooming and bathing
Remember how soft your pet’s fur feels after they’ve had a bath? That’s because the dirt has been washed away, along with the allergens. Frequent bathing removes the dander from your pet.2
4. Wash pet bedding frequently
Pet bedding is another source of piled-up allergens, so wash it frequently. You may even want to consider replacing pet beds every few months or so. You can always donate lightly-used beds to your local animal shelter where homeless dogs are sure to appreciate the plush bedding.1
5. Create ‘pet free’ zones
Keeping your pet out of a certain area of the house will create a haven for you at home. Keep the door shut and do not allow your pets inside these areas under any circumstances. If your allergies get bad you can simply head to your allergen-free room for some relief. Try this with the bedroom first as it’s where you’re likely to spend quite a bit of time and might help you get a better night’s sleep.2
How can I treat a pet allergy?
Antihistamines like Zirtek Allergy Relief can be used to relieve symptoms of pet allergies. For further advice please consult your GP or pharmacist.