5 Simple Steps to Creating an Allergy Friendly Home

It can be distressing to know that you are allergic to you own beloved pet. Emily Clark recognises this and outlines five stragegies to ease this situation.

It will seem horribly unfair to any child who suffers with allergies that they cannot have a pet or must loose one whom they have grown attached to. Is there a way to deal with pet allergies which may lessen or even eliminate the suffering for adults and children with allergies?

WHAT ARE YOU ALLERGIC TO?

By establishing whether the animal is actually the cause of an allergy is certainly the best starting point. However, that can be a difficult task if you already have an animal since the allergens are extremely difficult to remove entirely.

If an existing pet can be removed and the home thoroughly cleaned (carpets, walls, furniture etc.) you MAY be able to verify the allergy in several months. Obviously that is not the easiest solution.

Having the child stay with a friend or relative for a week (as long as there are no pets in the home) may show an improvement that might indicate an allergy to the family pet.

A visit to the doctor can confirm an allergy with a simple test. The tests vary, but some can be mildly uncomfortable and would probably not be considered if the allergy symptoms were mild.

Some allergy symptoms are compounded by exposure to several allergens. By identifying other sources and removing them you may find the reaction to pets is lessened and not a barrier to enjoying their presence.

CREATING AN ALLERGY FRIENDLY HOME

There are several steps you can take to reduce the build up of allergens and bring relief to allergy sufferers.

The first recommendation is to have hardwood or other smooth surface for your flooring. Carpets hold far more of the particles that cause allergies and hard flooring makes it easy to clean.

Leather furniture is also ideal for homes with pet allergies. For the same reason as hard flooring is more suitable than carpet, leather holds far less allergens than fabric.

Keep a seat for the allergy sufferer that pets are not allowed to sit on. Also be certain that animals do not sleep on the beds or enter the bedrooms of allergy sufferers. Consider keeping the sleeping area of the home as a pet-free zone.

MAKING YOUR PET AS HYPO-ALLERGENIC AS POSSIBLE

There are even things you can do with your pet to reduce the allergic effects of having them in your home.

Frequent grooming and bathing with a mild soap to prevent over drying will reduce the dander that is one of the main causes of pet allergies. It would be recommended that someone without allergies take on this task.

Washing hands after playing with a pet and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands will also help. Since some individuals are also allergic to the saliva of pets it would be sensible to not allow your pet to lick you.

In the case of more serious allergies or asthma it may be best that no pet share the home. For older children or adults it may be possible to find a medication or treatment which makes the situation tolerable if they prefer to keep the pet despite the allergy.

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.

Author Info:

Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.

3 Responses to “5 Simple Steps to Creating an Allergy Friendly Home”

  1. Robin Says:

    Thank you for this. Turns out our little furboy Pilot was given away by his past owners because they were so allergic to him. Both my boyfriend and I have bad allergies to cats in general so it can be tough for us. With Pilot though if we just pet him or touch him we get awful allergies. I am going to the vet tomorrow and may see about ways to clean him if it can help.

  2. Chris Andrews Says:

    I hope the message helped you, and your vet gave you some useful advice. We’re all to familiar with cat allergies in this household. One thing we tried was allergy wipes, they look a lot like baby wipes and you wipe the cat over with them and they are supposed to help – we had little success with them and had to stop because someone else complained that the wipes made them ill! (Although I’m not sure if that is true).

    Another way to stay strong is to boost your immune system with good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

  3. Robin Says:

    Well we got some shampoo and stuff for Pilot…we’ll have to give it a try though I’m a little afraid to bathe him.

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