Tips for Pet Allergy Sufferers
- HAVE A PLAN
If you are prone to pet-related allergies, it is advisable for you to ask a family member or friend in advance if they have a furry pet at home , so as to allow you to be prepared with medicine should your symptoms start to flare up during your next visit.
- ESTABLISH PET-FREE AREAS
Keep pets out of your bedroom and out of certain rooms in your house.
- RINSE AND REPEAT
Giving your pet regular baths can help to minimise the number of allergens on its fur.
- WASH YOUR HANDS
After touching a pet, avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose until you've had a chance to wash your hands thoroughly.
- CHOOSE PETS WISELY
Cats tend to trigger more allergies than dogs. This is because they are prone to a constant licking of their fur or skin, thus spreading allergens from their saliva onto their bodies. However, it is important to note that animals who don't shed, too, can cause you to suffer an allergic reaction. As an alternative, people who suffer frequent allergies should consider keeping fishes, hermit crabs, iguanas or turtles as pets instead.
A common trigger of , can be found in the house dust which accumulates all around your home. These microscopic creatures live off our dead skin cells, hiding in household fabrics, such as pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture, blankets and carpets.
Dust mites absorb water from the humidity in the air. This is why dust mites are especially prevalent in the more humid areas of your house, or during the summer months. If you currently live in an area that has a warm and humid climate, dust mites can be found all-year round.