In the midst of a Venn diagram where stubborn dogs and those who are persistently persuaded are superior to cats, there are people who love animals but are also allergic . This does not necessarily prevent people in this predicament from sharing a roof with one (or many) furry soulmates.
If you're one of those allergic to your pet you already know it. Although your pet can breathe new life into your life, it can be difficult to … breathe well. There must be a way not to get under allergy symptom siege when you curl up next to your best friend. We talked to three allergists to find out how.
. 1 Be tested for allergies so you know exactly what is causing your symptoms.
You probably already know the basics of allergic reactions : They are your immune system, which relies on an otherwise harmless substance, as explained by Mayo Clinic .
In pets, allergy has nothing to do with fur, as many believe. It is rather animal hair, an otherwise harmless protein that is found in the skin, saliva and urine of an animal according to the Mayo Clinic . Your pet can spread throughout your home as it scratches its ears, hunts its favorite toy across the room, and otherwise manages its adorable animal life. Nice!
It's easy to think only of cat hair when it comes to cats and dogs, but there's a whole world of animal possibilities, people. From parakeets to horses, almost every animal has skipped feather or fur, says Alice Hoyt, an allergist in the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic, to SELF.
Therefore, all the hype about hypoallergenic pets contains more nonsense than the average third grader's midday sandwich. A 19659009 study published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy (19659008) examined 190 one-dog houses and found no difference in allergen concentration in homes with "hypoallergenic" breeds compared to other breeds. This makes perfect sense, as the length of the fur, hair loss, and other similar factors do not affect the number of dandruff that a pet has, according to the AAAAI (1965) .
Where do allergy tests come into play? Well, you may be positive They are allergic to pet dander, but they actually respond to another allergen such as dust mites or mold spores. Many allergy tips – including many listed on this list – revolve around a specific allergen. So it's best to test yourself to know what your body is going through before you continue. You should know the following about the allergy test procedure .
. 2 Keep your pets out of the bedroom.
I'm sorry, but do not use your dog as a body pillow. If you are allergic, the bedroom should be completely locked. Martha F. Hartz M. D., Children's Allergy Immunologist at Mayo Clinic, shares the SELF. You have a better chance of recovery and recovery if your sleeping chamber has a low allergenic charge, she says.
. 3 Clean your carpets and rugs at least once a week.
If you want to reduce the number of hair dandruff in your home, you need to focus on places that act as magnets, like carpets and carpets [19459004TahaAl-Shaikhly MD, a fellow in allergy and immunology at UW Medicine, tells SELF. Make sure to vacuum the carpets once a week with a device with a high efficiency HEPA filter (dust filter). These absorb tiny matter particles such as pets, which could miss other vacuum cleaners according to AAAAI . If you have carpets, wash the carpets once a week.
Dander can also adhere to hard surfaces such as walls and floors. Therefore, periodically clean the carpets using the appropriate care instructions for that material
4. Use a HEPA air purifier.
HEPA vacuum cleaners can help with carpets, but if you have a pet, Dander is probably close to you. Al-Shaikhly says that HEPA air purifiers could reduce airborne allergens, and if one stays in the area where your pet stays most, it could reduce your allergy symptoms.
. 5 Try to keep your pet away from lazy areas like the sofa.
Upholstered furniture can also attract dander, so keep your pets away from the couch and similar furniture, says dr. Alice Hoyt. We know, easier said than done. "If you keep going, make sure you vacuum every week," adds dr. Hoyt added. The AAAAI also recommends covering furniture with towels or blankets that can be washed regularly.
. 6 Take your pet regularly (or bring it to the cleaner).
Dr. Hartz recommends bathing your pet every one to two weeks to reduce the allergy burden it carries. Uh, are we sorry the cat is scratching in advance? Okay, to be fair, bathing your pet may not be feasible depending on his disposition, so this is really up to you.
. 7 Keep your allergy medicines ready.
For example, have antihistamines ready. Histamine – the chemical that releases your immune system when it hits an allergen – is a big part of what makes allergies unhappy. So if you are taking a non-sleepy, 24-hour antihistamine, the worst of it can help you with symptoms, says dr. Hoyt.
Depending on where your symptoms occur, you should perform treatments such as soothing eye drops and nasal sprays in the area to specifically target those areas. However, read the instructions carefully before use. For example, if you use nasal sprays that actively constrict swollen blood vessels for more than three consecutive days, you may expect an unpleasant condition, sometimes referred to as rebound stasis or rhinitis medicamentosa, the Mayo Clinic ,
. 8 Consider allergy shots.
Allergy Shoots Also referred to as Immunotherapy, are regular injections of small amounts of your allergy triggers over a period of three to five years, according to the Mayo Clinic . "Over time, we can slowly convince the immune system that these allergens are doing well," Dr. Hoyt. According to AAAAI AAAAI you must have an injection twice a week once every four weeks] AAAAI states that the efficacy of immunotherapy varies from symptom reduction to complete relief of allergy symptoms after treatment. But if you have the time and your allergist considers you a good candidate, he could change your life.
. 9 Know when it's time to bring your pet back home.
In a decidedly less cuddly reality where pets were basically no relatives, the first line of defense for a pet allergy would be clear: "The best way to avoid pet allergies is to remove pets from the area," explains Dr. Al -Shaikhly.
But Pets Can Be Like a Family Allergy sufferers understand why they are often willing to work with you to treat your symptoms, to keep your beloved pet in your life.
There is a limit, however: If you suffer from severe or poorly controlled asthma triggering your skin allergy, it's probably time to find a new home for your pet, Dr. Hartz says, "Asthma can be life-threatening," she says, with severe or poorly controlled asthma being critical enough to ensure that all measures to improve the environmental triggers are in place they need to be reefed, she explains.
If you are in a situation where you need to rebuild your pet, it can help you understand that pets are resilient, says Joseph Turk, DVM, to SELF. That does not mean that it does not take a bit of work. "Pets give us so much that we should do our best to find a loving home for them if we can not keep them," he says. Friends, families, organizations like the Humane Society and, if applicable, race-specific rescue groups are good options. Whichever path you choose, he recommends that you take your care to ensure that your pet has the knowledge and resources to take care of it.