Pets can be cherished additions to the home, but for people with pet allergies, it could become a nightmare. Pets shed dander, a combination of dead skin and fur, which can catalyse allergic reactions if you’re particularly sensitive to these allergens. Here are some tips on how to reduce allergens in your home:

Outdoor Kennels

By keeping your pets outdoors, you’ll minimise the amount of dander that accumulates in your home. If this is not an option, you should at least restrict your pet from entering the bedroom. Ensure that you are particular about rinsing your hands after touching your pet.

Off the Sofa

Use allergen-resistant fabrics and vacuum your surfaces to ensure that dander is eliminated. Keep them out of cars too, but if that’s not possible, then keep them in the backseat and clean the seats after the ride.

Steer Clear of Dust

Dusting and vacuuming frequently will ensure that allergens are controlled. However, this might not always help to curb the problem. It may be a good idea to invest in a vacuum that is fitted with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or double bags. These type of filters are used in laboratories, to protect the lab workers from harmful bacteria and other pathogens.

Air Conditioner Filter

If your room is fitted with an air conditioner, it may help to close the air registers. This will prevent the dander from being circulated repeatedly. Alternatively, you can replace it with a HEPA filter.

Regular Baths

A research study that was published in 1999 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that a dog’s allergen levels reduced by 85% after a five minute bath. The bath should be given using a good shampoo. So pets may need to be bathed twice a week, in order to keep allergen levels in check.

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