Pet allergies are a huge problem for people, especially asthmatics. These pet proteins (cat & dog urine, saliva and dander) are sticky. They can easily transfer from someone clothes or items into your house. They can become airborne from you or you pet moving around, and stay in the air for a long period of time.
How to reduce pet allergies: No, you don’t have to say goodbye to your best friend. But, you should probably stop letting them sleep in your bed.
- Keep pets out of your bedroom
- Get a HEPA air filter
- Always wash your hands after coming in contact with your pet
- Use a mask when vacuuming or have a loved one vacuum instead, while you leave the house
- Spray an allergen spray in your house a minimum of once a week (paying special attention to the air and any hard and soft surfaces)
- Clean your house often
- Brush your pet outside whenever possible (or better yet, have someone do that for you)
- Carpet? Spray that down with an allergen spray often
- Change your HVAC air filter every 30-45 days
Pro tip from Savanna Elliott: I love pets. I am also incredibly allergic to them. When I am around pets and my allergies start to act up, I instantly want to rub my eyes or touch my face. STOP. Do not do that. It will just make your symptoms worse. After petting the cat or dog, immediately go wash your hands (twice) and splash cold water on your face.