Living with Your Pet Allergies
The fact that you have always had pet allergies can be super annoying, especially if you love animals. Sadly, you may have no other option than to keep your yearning in control. There are people who have pets for quite some time, but they suddenly learn that they have recently developed pet-allergies. In such instances, the physician usually asks the patient to let their pet go, but only a pet owner can define the pain of putting their pet, who is not just their companion but their baby, up for adoption.
Its heart-wrenching to part ways with the pets and almost impossible to go through with it. Very few pet owners with allergies are up for giving their pets up, and if you believe that you are not one of them, then you must learn to deal with your allergies. Here’s what you would need to know.
Have a Clear Understanding of Your Allergies
If your declaration of ‘I have Allergies’ was made on the assumption of the allergic symptoms, we would advise you to get yourself tested and properly diagnosed by a healthcare professional. The chances are that there was perhaps something quite the opposite of what you thought you were allergic to, which may range from anything pollen, the tree in your backyard to the paint job in your house, or perhaps the wood used in your house’s structure. That is why it is better to get yourself checked instead of self-diagnosing allergies by reading symptoms on the internet.
In case the test results show that you really are allergic to your pet, here’s what you need to do.
Understand what caused your allergy and your reaction to them. The allergies are triggered by proteins that are specific to allergy-triggering called Allergens. These allergens are found in skin glands and saliva glands whose remains are found on the animal’s fur and dry skin. These Allergens transfer through the fur and the dry skin and may stick to the walls of your house, your clothes, and your carpets, etc.
On top of that, if someone has some other kind of allergies too, for instance, allergy from smoke, dust, and molds etc. and gets exposed to them, the threat to the person’s health is immediately doubled. Some breeds of dog and cat hair may be known as non-allergenic due to their lack of hair, but unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Some cats and dogs may be hypoallergenic, but not completely non-allergenic as they also may cause several severe allergic reactions.
Reduce the Allergic Reactions and Symptoms
Here are a few ways you can neutralize the allergies.
- Environment Change: Your pet may be your love but they are not required to accompany you 24/7. This means that some areas of your house you can make completely allergy free by making them ‘Pet Free Zone’, such as your home office, your bedroom, and especially your kitchen. Yes, it will require a lot of training, but strictly prohibiting the access of your pet in these areas might help you to prevent allergic reactions.
- Using a highly efficient HEPA air cleaner in all areas that are exposed to your pet’s dander and fur can be a brilliant idea. These air cleaners are easily available at many home and garden stores so you won’t be facing any difficulty in finding one.
- Using covers that are impermeable for your couches, mattresses, and pillows would prevent allergen particles from sticking to them so you can easily roam around the house without worrying about your allergy.
- Make sure you do a regular and thorough cleaning of your house to remove any allergy-triggering elements such as dust, dander, and Also, washing articles regularly would be an excellent preventive measure. Keep articles clean such as beds, couch covers, curtains, and pillows as well as pet beds.
- Using a microfilter in your vacuum cleaning bag would also be a great idea to catch the allergens effectively.
- Cleanliness is the key to preventing yourself from half the health-related issues which is why you need to be sure to give your pet a proper bath on a regular basis as it can substantially reduce the allergens level from your body. You can also check for several products available in the market that guarantee to reduce the allergens levels as well.
- Remember that most pets who suffer from allergies are sensitive to multiple allergens. So if you are allergic to cigarette smoke, dust, pollen, or your pet’s dander, it is best that you strive to limit the level of allergen in your house by focusing on all these aspects. This will make it fairly simpler to deal with the allergies and reduce it than when you are primarily focused on the allergy itself.
- Another preventive option would be the allergy shots, also known as Immunotherapy. They can fairly improve symptoms of the allergies, though not to be mixed up with the idea of eliminating the allergic triggers entirely. They work by reducing the level of sensitivity of the immune system of the affected person to the animal allergens by injecting allergy-causing proteins under the skin which triggers the human body to produce the protective proteins, which consequently block the animal allergens from triggering a reaction.
Last but not least, it is imperative for the affected person to contact a professional allergist who knows that you are committed to your pet and would not do anything otherwise. Thus, they would be able to help you more sincerely on this issue.
Proper medical measures of the person’s symptoms and a well-maintained and clean house with the preventive cleaning methods that we mentioned here and of course an immunotherapy will most definitely help you reduce the allergic reactions. This will allow you to live happily with your pet as there will be no need to give up your beloved companion up for adoption.