How would you feel if you are allergic to dogs, the man’s best friend?
It may suck to think you cannot have them at home. Fortunately, there are some things you can do.
It may not remove your allergic reactions to them, but it can help lessen the symptoms.
There is a misconception around the world: that fur, germs, or dirt cause an allergic reaction.
Here, we will tackle the causes of these allergies, what you are allergic to, and different remedies to try.
Many of these suggestions worked on other people.
What Triggers the Allergic Reaction?
It is not the fur that is the actual problem.
Some people are typically allergic to the protein in the dog’s dander (flakes of dead skin smaller than humans).
This protein is also present in their urine and saliva.
Allergic reactions vary from one person to another; it ranges from mild to severe.
The common symptoms include swelling and itching around the eyes or in the nose’s membranes, hence the runny nose, watery eyes, and skin redness.
Some people also experience mild cough, shortness of breath, and skin reactions like breakouts.
Severe cases might include developed or worsened asthma.
Dander may stick to clothing, carpets, and all over the furniture, even at places hard to reach.
It can also stay in the air for a lengthy period.
Also, more dogs mean more sources of dander to shed!
It is not only the dander that triggers the reactions whenever you pet your fur pal.
Dogs clean themselves by licking their own body.
Their saliva may dry quickly, but the protein allergen stays and sticks to their fur, causing you to have allergic reactions whenever you pet them or are merely near them.
This reason also applies to their urine, especially around their paws.
What are the Ways to Reduce the Probability of getting Allergic to Dogs?
Some changes in your lifestyle can reduce your exposure to allergens (or the thing that causes your allergies).
Aside from medications, the following are some actions to help ease the symptoms and maintain a healthy environment:
You can set up dog-free zones where your dogs may not enter, like the bedroom.
Also, bathing your dog from time to time reduces the dander. If possible, a non-allergic person could do the bathing.
Dry skinned dogs shed more dander than others
Groom your dogs at least two to three times per week.
It is advisable to use fulminators and slickers for more convenient grooming time.
You can also use dog wipes or sensitive baby wipes on your dog every day.
Lessen the use of upholstered furniture or any that may attract dander.
Wooden or tiled floors are more preferred than carpeted floors since it is easier to clean.
If there are carpets, vacuum those regularly.
Prioritize proper ventilation as much as possible.
Inhalers, purifiers, and vaporizers help ease allergic reactions.
Wearing a mask when cleaning is the best idea, or other household members who are not allergic should do the cleaning.There you go.
Go to your furry friends, and give them the affection they deserve, but pay attention to your health at the same time.