There are preventive measures that help combat allergies to pets, each one different depending on whether the animal is a dog or a cat, a bird, a rodent … Find out how you can combat this problem.
Although the most effective solution to a case of a pet allergy is to separate from it, in most cases it is not an option accepted by the owner, since the emotional bond established between the two often too strong to take such a drastic action.
In this case, certain preventive measures can be taken that will help to reduce the severity of the symptoms or minimize them.
Take steps to adapt the home
Particles easily accumulate on carpets and rugs, as well as on curtains and furniture. It is better if the floor is parquet or wood, which is also easier to clean. However, if you want to have a rug, it should be a low pile rug and not too big so that it can be cleaned frequently and thoroughly.
The most appropriate upholstery for furniture is leather or another similar material since allergens accumulate more in the fabric. Another alternative would be to cover sofas, cushions, chairs, and armchairs with a plastic cover.
If you use a vacuum cleaner to clean the house, it must be equipped with a very powerful filter.
Use air purifiers with high collection filters (HEPA) or electrostatic filters, as they can reduce allergen content in the air by up to 90%.
The affected person’s bedroom is the area that requires the most care. Avoid using rugs, put an air purifier, and do not allow the pet to enter the room.
Take special measures with the pet:
If it is an animal with fur (cats, dogs, rabbits) it is recommended to bathe it once a week using a special and very mild shampoo, so as not to damage its skin. You also have to brush it very often, outside the house, to eliminate loose hair and the allergens that accumulate in it.
Avoid that your pet climbing on the sofa or furniture and, whenever possible, do not allow it to enter the rooms.
After touching or playing with the animal, the affected person should try not to touch the face, eyes or nose, and wash their hands as much as possible.
The allergy sufferer should not let the pet lick him.
If your pet lives in a cage or terrarium (rodents, reptiles, arachnids) you should clean it very frequently, especially if the animal urinates in them.
In the case of male cats, the concentrations of the allergen Fed d1 decrease markedly when they are sterilized.
Finally, consult your allergist if there is any allergy treatment that can help you.