Pet dander is a common allergen that can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. It is an airborne and surface protein produced by skin cells, saliva, and urine from cats, dogs, and other pets. These particles are so small they can easily become airborne by vacuuming, movement, and more. When inhaled, the body’s immune system may overreact to the presence of pet dander and release inflammatory chemicals such as histamines into the bloodstream. Common symptoms include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and itchy eyes, nose, and throat. In extreme cases, asthma attacks may occur, which require medical attention immediately. Therefore pet dander can be dangerous, but learning your triggers and the steps to avoid pet dander allergens can have a drastic impact on your health. Don't know your trigger? Talk to a doctor and get allergy testing.
Learn the 5 steps you can do today to help control pet dander:
1. Keep your pet out of the bedroom. This is probably the single most important thing you can do to help reduce your pet allergens. By keeping your pet out of the bedroom, you create a safe haven where you can retreat when symptoms start to flare up. Change into clean clothes before entering the room to reduce pet dander.
2. Vacuum at least twice a week, preferably daily. Vacuuming with a HEPA filter will help to remove pet dander from carpeting and upholstery. Be sure to vacuum regularly, even if you don't have visible signs of dirt or debris. As vacuuming/cleaning can release pet allergens back into the air, it is best to use the Allergen Spray after cleaning and vacuuming.
3. Wash items in hot water, above 135 degrees. Be sure to wash all of your clothing, bedding, and towels in hot water at least once a week. You may also want to consider using a a fragrance free laundry detergent to further reduce the risk of triggering an allergy. If you can't wash, use the dryer!
4. If you want to reduce the amount of pet dander in your home, one of the best things you can do is declutter. Removing unnecessary clutter also helps to minimize dust build-up, which in turn helps to keep pet dander at a minimum. And cleaning your home will be faster and easier.
5. Change your air filters at least once a month. If you have multiple pets, you may need to change your filter even more frequently, even every 2 weeks. Regularly changing your air filters is an important part of keeping your home clean and ensuring you can breathe easier with pet allergies. So if you have a furry friend, add the cost of air filters to you monthly budget. Install a high-rated MERV filter, 10 or above.