What would your life be without a pet? If you can’t find someone to have a decent conversation with, you sometimes run to your dog or hamster and share to them your pent-up feelings about how lousy your day was, or how pissed you were because your friend didn’t listen to your advice. Pets can be considered a therapy. You can just imagine how difficult life would be for people like you who depend so much on pets for companionship.
Still, sometimes, you have to let go. Almost 15% of the world’s general population are allergic to pets. If you are not sure, here’s a checklist of pet allergy symptoms. Take a look at it to know if you are allergic to pets or not:
- Shortness of breath
- Lung congestion
- Itchy eyes
- Runny eyes
Pet allergies are curable. You won’t have trouble finding remedies for these allergies. Before spending time and effort in looking for pet allergy treatments, it is important to confirm whether you really have a pet allergy or none. If symptoms are reduced everytime you are away from a pet, then you may have a pet allergy.
Now, if you are sure that you have a pet allergy, you should visit your health care provider. He or she will suggest over-the-counter medications for you. Remember though, that while antihistamines and other over-the-counter drugs can relieve mild symptoms like itchy eyes and nasal congestion, it won’t help you get rid of chest-tightness, wheezing and other asthma-type symptoms. It is best to resort to some natural steps that are easier to follow, like the following:
Pet-Free Sanctuary — Why not try removing pets from your home? A pet-free sanctuary will surely reduce levels of allergens in your room. You can also buy a special bedding manufactured to block allergens, or at a bedding designed to be less permeable to pollutants.
Your Friend’s Role –– If you are not a pet owner, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a pet allergy. You can acquire pet allergy from someone else’s pet in someone else’s house. If this is the case, consider the amount of time you are spending at a friend’s house during your visit.
You can also ask your friend to bond with you over cups of coffee at a nearby coffee house, eat lunch at your favorite restaurant or you may even go shopping together. That way, you get to avoid your friend’s pet at his or her home. You can also try talking to your friend about your condition, but don’t expect him or her to get rid of the pets just so you can get rid of your allergy. Instead, your friend may engage in proactive ways to make the place safer for you. For example, your friend may spend some time vacuuming before your visit or may keep his or her pets in another room while you are there.
Helping Yourself — In case you have a pet and you can’t stand removing it from your house, keep it out of your room. Keep your pet out of any part of your house, especially from areas where you spend most of your time. If you are visiting someone else’s house, ask to move somewhere where there are no pets, but remember that each time you have to do this, you should ask nicely. You can request to just stay outside especially if the weather is fine.
Also, change your beddings frequently, and not just yours but your pet’s, too. Clean and shampoo rugs regularly. Dust and wipe the walls where pets usually rub. You can also re-design your home by getting rid of upholstered furniture and getting a hard-surfaced flooring so allergens won’t permeate into the things you usually use.
The Power of Vacuums — Rid yourself of this annoying condition by cleaning your home effectively with a vacuum. If you own a dog or a cat, consider a vacuum a good investment. Make sure that you buy the type that uses HEPA technology to get the vacuum with highest quality. HEPA filters that make HEPA technology possible, remove air borne pollutants like pet dander, pollen and dust mites from the air you breathe. A vacuum cleaner alone can’t remove dander in the air. With HEPA technology, filtering of light and airy danders out of the air becomes possible. Your exposure to dander and other pollutants is then reduced. It is also better to use stand-alone filters than whole-house filters because the latter may only make your condition worse by releasing ozone gas.
Getting Shot –– Allergy shots, also known as vaccines, are recommended if you think you will have to stay with pets for a long period of time. Allergy shots help you grow antibodies that fight pet allergens. If your son has a new puppy, you definitely need allergy shots. It helps to be patient about getting the shots because it is not easy. You will need weekly injections for one whole year before you can get monthly maintenance shots. To completely rid yourself of symptoms, you will need another three to five years of those monthly shots. After getting all the shots you need and after the long wait, you will be rewarded since you will no longer need any medication at all.
Changing Preference — Why don’t you widen your definition of a pet? A pet should not limited to a dog or a cat. Allergy experts recommend pets with no fur or feather, like fish, snakes, lizards, geckos, turtles and even tarantulas.
If you do your part, you can get away with pet allergies even with your dear pets around.
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