As we step into autumn, indoor air quality tends to decrease. With the onset of colder air, we shut the windows and turn the central heating on. This reduces ventilation and before you know it, the pet allergy symptoms you'd almost forgotten about over the summer are back with a vengeance!
If you've ever experienced sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes when coming into contact with an animal, you'll know that pet allergy can be miserable.
A common misconception is that pet hair is the cause of pet allergy. It is actually a protein allergen in their urine, sweat amd saliva that triggers those uncomfortable symptoms. As animals groom themselves regularly, they distribute this allergen on their fur, feathers or skin. As these are shed over time, the dander is released into the air, making you sneeze and itch!
Although the best way of reducing pet allergy symptoms is to remove the pet from your home, there are plenty of things you can do to feel more comfortable if this isn't an option.
If the thought of parting with your furry friend is unbearable and your allergies are relatively mild, follow these five top tips for managing pet allergies...
1. Clean vigorously and use a HEPA vacuum cleaner
Pet dander can get everywhere, particularly in dusty areas or upholstery. Pet urine can soak into carpets and floors, remaining there for years if not properly cleaned. This is particularly true of cat allergens, which tend to linger for longer.
If you're looking to reduce pet allergy symptoms, a thorough cleaning regime must be undertaken regularly. Damp-dust surfaces on a regular basis. The e-cloth cleaning materials are ideal for tackling allergens without the need for harsh chemical cleaning products.
Wash fabric cushion covers and soft furnishings regularly, preferably using an anti-allergen solution like FabriCleanse. To reduce allergens in between washes, soft furnishings and pet bedding can be sprayed with HomeCleanse Allergy Spray.
Consider swapping your carpets for wood floors. Carpets are notorious for trapping allergens, and pet allergens can lurk there for years!
Vacuuming is a vital step in your cleaning regime, but make sure you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. The THOMAS Perfect Air Allergy Pure HEPA Vacuum Cleaner is an ideal vacuum cleaner for pet hair and pet allergy. It uses simply water to trap house dust, allergens and pet hair. It packs a punch at 1700 watts - much more powerful than standard vacuum cleaners.
The HEPA and pollen filters inside remove an impressive 99.9% of airborne particles and allergens, incuding 100% of pollens. Emptying the dust bag can be a great source of irritation if you have respiratory allergies, but this vacuum cleaner is bagless. Simply pour the waste water away! You can even vacuum small amounts of liquids and wet dirt without hassle. Click here to learn more.
2. Treat your pet's coat
Dogs should be regularly groomed, preferably outdoors, to decrease hair shedding.
Bathing your cat once or twice a week can reduce cat allergens around your home by up to 90% . Alternatively, you can just apply the PetalCleanse solution!
You can view a range of natural pet allergy treatments here.
Pet allergy can also be a contact allergy. Some people experience symptoms like eczema as a result of coming into contact with a pet's fur. The PetalCleanse products can help with this. A pair of gloves can also help to protect the hands from allergens when handling your pet.
3. Wear a mask when grooming your pet
Grooming distributes pet dander into the air, and can be a source of irritation for allergy sufferers. An effective mask that filters pet allergens is an ideal choice.
4. Use an air purifier or air cleaner
Pet allergens have a habit of sticking to shoes, clothes and hair. For this reason, they are often carried into offices or distributed through central heating systems!
Pet allergens can be hard to eradicate, even if you've followed your cleaning regime religiously. An air purifier for pet allergy is a wise choice. By actually filtering the allergens away from the air you breathe, you can create a symptom-free oasis within your home.
The Fellowes PT65 Pet Air Purifier is a great air purifier if you have pet allergy. Its double thickness activated carbon filter offers removes odours and allergens from pet dander, litter boxes and caged birds. The HEPA type filter removes 99% of symptom-causing particles down to 0.3 microns, helping you to breathe easily. For a limited time only, get a free HomeCleanse spray worth £12.25 with every Fellowes PT65 Pet Air Purifier!
5. Create a 'pet-free zone' within your home
Always keep pets out of the bedroom, for a peaceful night's sleep. If practical, you could confine your pet to one floor of your house to limit the spread of allergens. Don't forget - if you have a family member who works with animals, make sure they change their clothes and shoes when returning home.
By following the above 5 tips, you should notice a significant improvement in your pet allergy symptoms. If you want to learn more about pet allergy or reducing the symptoms, call our friendly, knowledgeable team on 0845 450 5950 or 01453 752216. Or, leave us a message on Facebook.
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