143 million cats and dogs in the U.S. means hundreds of millions of opportunties for you to do battle with pet allergies—and the annoying and unpleasant symptoms they can cause.
When it comes to nasal allergies, it’s not the animal’s fur or hair that’s the issue, it’s the dander, which is flakes of dead skin that can linger long after pets have moved on. Plus, any warm-blooded pet can produce dander—and potential allergy problems—including birds and rodents.
People are about twice as likely to be allergic to cats as to dogs
While there’s no such thing as a truly “hypoallergenic” or allergy-free breed of dog (or cat), some people are only allergic to some dog breeds but not others
Animals’ skin, saliva, and urine can cause other allergic reactions
Dogs and cats can bring pollen and mold spores into your house, causing additional allergy-related problems
Preventing Pet Allergies
Of course, the most effective way to avoid pet allergies is to avoid pets. However, that’s not always possible, especially if they’re your own (“Mommy? Where’s Fluffy?”). So we recommend using NasalCrom® (hey, it works). It can be highly effective in preventing your pet-related nasal allergies. We also have some additonal suggestions.
- Keep pets out of your bedroom and restrict them to as small an area of your home as possible
- Try to avoid touching animals; if you do, wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible
- Run high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaners in your bedroom or other rooms where you spend a lot of time (ideally without your pet)
- Regularly vacuum your home; you may want to wear a mask while doing so
- Give your cat or dog a bath at least once a week
- Have someone who isn’t allergic to your pets brush them out regulary, and do it outside
- Use low-pile rugs and carpets and steam clean them frequenty
- Allergy shots (immunotherapy) can be effective in treating pet allergies, but you’ll need to talk with your doctor to learn more