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People can become very attached to their pets. They can become your best friend and in many cases pets are treated like a member of the family. They have access to everything in the home and are free to roam anywhere they want to go. This can be a major problem if there is someone in the household that suffers from asthma or allergies.
Pets shed and release a lot of dander throughout the home, which can be very problematic to an allergy sufferer. If you do not want to give up your best friend, you should follow the steps below to make you home a more allergen free environment.
Allergy Free Zone If you have an individual in your home that suffers from asthma or allergies you should pick a room within the house and make it an 'Allergy Free Zone.' This should more than likely be the bedroom of the victim. You should always prohibit the pet from entering into this area and equip the room with a high efficiency HEPA air cleaner. It would also be a great idea to use allergen-free covers for the mattress and pillows.
Donít Point Fingers Donít be too quick to blame your pets for the cause of asthma or allergies. It may not be that your pet is causing these symptoms to flare up. You should ask your local medical physician to do a test. Medical physicians can perform an allergy test to see if an individual is allergic to pet dander. It may turn out that there are other allergens within the home causing your problems.
Try Treatments With all the advances in medical technology there are now many different types of allergy treatments available to help reduce asthma and allergies. For instance, available to the public are steroidal and antihistamine nose sprays and pills that can help a person alleviate the symptoms. Your local medical physician may even be able to administer allergy shots to help build up the immune system so that these allergens are no longer an issue.
Bathing Your Pets Another great way to reduce dander in the household is by bathing your pet on a weekly basis. You will also find many allergen-free shampoos available at your local pet store. Just keep in mind that you probably want to consult with your local veterinarian before you wash your pets with a new shampoo because it may be harmful to them.
Keeping Yourself Free of Allergens While it does help to bathe your pet frequently, it is even more helpful if you wash your own hands and face after coming into contact with your pet. There are lots of different types of antibacterial soaps that will clean your hands thoroughly.
Learn To Love Housework If you want your pet to live indoors with an allergy sufferer then you are going to have to become obsessed with housework. By dusting, cleaning, and vacuuming frequently, you are going to reduce the amount of pet dander throughout the household.
There are many vacuum cleaners on the market these days that are specifically designed for Pet owners.
It is also a good idea to change you heating and air filter as often as possible, or maybe even upgrade it to a HEPA style filter.