Palm Springs, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/06/2014 -- How To Reduce Pet Allergens To Reduce The Chance Of Airborne Illness This Winter
It’s no secret that winter is the time most people get sick? Flu, colds and other seasonal illnesses seemingly spread like wild fire. Why is this? While the cold weather has a lot to do with it, the culprit is often indirectly related to the cold weather. What do we mean?
First, cold weather causes us to close windows and doors which creates stagnant air. It’s good practice from time to time to air the house out for a few minutes. Also, pet dander increases as our pets spend less and less time outside. Pet dander can do a number on your immune system, making pet owners more susceptible to airborne illnesses.
What is Pet Dander?
Proteins in your animal's skin flakes, urine, feces, saliva and fur can set off asthma. Intern, asthma can compromise the immune system when cold season is at its high point. Canines, pet cats, rodents and other warm-blooded creatures can set off asthma in people with an allergy to animal dander.
How Do I Reduce Allergens?
The most effective technique to control animal allergens in the home is to not permit animals in the house. If you eliminate an animal from the house, it is important to completely clean the floors, walls, carpeting’s and upholstered furnishings.
But let’s face it. Most of us are not going to leave our beloved pets outside in the freezing cold. You can use preventative measures however, to drastically reduce allergens in your home. Isolation aside, you can do things like keep your pets off the furniture and beds. Also, cleaning frequently as well as investing in a great cat and dog brush are huge steps in the right direction.
Limiting animals to rooms with wood floors might likewise help. Wood flooring traps less dander than carpet and is simpler to clean; keeping pets off carpet could help lower allergens.
Keeping animals off carpets, upholstered furnishings, and beds can lower exposure to dander. (Using allergen-resistant bedding will assist ward off any dander that does discover its means into rooms.) Keeping pets from automobiles-- or restricting them to a tailgate location, if possible-- is also an excellent idea.
In addition, any furniture, fabrics, or materials that animals do come into contact with ought to be vacuumed or washed often. This includes all pet products like throw rugs, pet beds, cushions, pillows, and blankets.
Dusting as often as possible will keep dander (in addition to dust mites and various other allergens) to a minimum. Vacuuming, nonetheless, may not get all the irritants from the lower levels of a rug and might stimulate a little bit of dander as you clean. It might assist to use vacuums geared up with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or double bags. Nevertheless, it's still a great idea to dust or vacuum when the person with allergies or asthma is not in the house.
A 1999 research in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology compared the levels of irritants in dog dander before and after a five-minute bath with an unnamed "exclusive hair shampoo" (which might describe an allergen-reducing hair shampoo such as Groomax). The analysts found that the bath reduced the pet dogs' irritant levels by about 85 %. But the irritant levels went back to typical in about 3 days, which suggests that dogs need to be washed a minimum of two times a week.
Studies have also shown that brushing with a cat comb or dog brush, particularly the kind designed for deshedding, will reduce up to 90 percent of unwanted hair and undercoat. This benefit is 2 fold. First, it does as previously stated – allergens go way down. Second, your pet will be much happier as you reduce the undercoat and loose, unwanted hair.
Comparable studies using pet cats have actually had blended but usually less motivating results.
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