|5 Ways to Reduce your Child’s Indoor Allergies »|
Even though pet allergies are very common, there are still common misconceptions about what triggers them. Most people think it’s fur, but the major culprit is actually pet dander.
What it is
Pet allergies stem from proteins contained in an animal’s dander, or dead skin cells, which flakes off regularly. Allergen-causing proteins can also be found in the saliva that sticks to your pets fur when it cleans itself.
What to watch out for
Pet allergens can remain in the carpet and furniture, and can linger in the air for six months.
What to do
• Keep pets off upholstered furniture and carpets, and out of the bedroom
• Bathe pets frequently to wash away trigger proteins, dander and pollen that may cling to their fur
• Have someone without allergies brush pets outside
• Ask someone without allergies to handle grooming and litter box chores
• Choose low-pile carpets and steam-clean them regularly
• Wear a dust mask to vacuum