Because of how our pets can become enmeshed in your family, we know how hard it is when someone develops an allergy. One day it’s normal, then the next their pet dander tolerance is gone and it’s all sneezing, coughing, and itching. There’s not a lot you can do if someone develops an extreme reaction. However, there are steps you can take to help with a small or slight allergic reaction to pet dander.
What Causes an Allergic Reaction to Pet Dander?
To put it simply, an allergic reaction is
your immune system overreacting to a perceived danger or threat. For someone who suffers from allergies, this potential threat could include peanuts, penicillin, shellfish, pollen, or in this instance pet dander.
When an allergic reaction is triggered, your cells are quickly ready for action. First, your immune system will release antibodies to stop any invading particles right in their tracks. As a response, your cells will release a histamine, which can cause the blood vessels to expand and set off any allergy symptoms.
Think of how pollen can get into your ears, nose, and throat; pet dander is the same. Interesting fact and contrary to popular belief, pet dander is from skin shedding, not fur. Just as humans skin sheds over time, the same goes for animals. While animal hair can trap these skin particles, the hair itself does not cause any allergic reactions.
What Symptoms Should I Watch for?
The thing about allergic reactions to pet dander is that they can present differently on nearly every person. The severity of the reaction depends on a person’s immune system and allergy tolerance. One person may only have a stuffy nose while another person could breakout in hives.
Some symptoms of allergies
from pet dander include:
- Asthma attacks
- Sneezing or coughing
- Itchy, red, watery, or irritated eyes
- Runny nose
- Itchy throat or roof of the mouth
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure or pain
How Can I Ease the Allergies?
There’s nothing to worry about if you, or someone in your family, has a mild reaction to your pet’s dander. There are easy preventative measures you can take to ensure a clean and healthy home.
First and foremost, you need to commit to a cleaning schedule. The least you can be doing is vacuuming every day and watch for any pet hair accumulation on baseboards, furniture, or in any corners of your home. Choose low-pile carpets and have them frequently cleaned.
The next best thing you can do, although may be hard is to make sure pets stay out of bedrooms. An entire room free of allergies can give the person dealing with them a small oasis. Also, be sure to wash and groom your pets outside. During a bath or brushing session, pet dander can go flying around the house.
It’s also important to keep up with a regular clothes washing cycle. Make sure all clothes that come in contact with the pets are washed and any bedding, blankets, and towels are frequently cleaned.
What’s HVAC Got to Do with It?
Pet dander particles are incredibly small. This is where your HVAC system can help immensely. Any air that cycles through your home must pass through your HVAC system. When that air goes through your system it is pushed through an air filter. Depending on the strength of the filter, it can remove pet dander.
If you want to take it a step further, we recommend the Air Scrubber or iWave
air purification systems. These are both add-ons to your existing HVAC unit, so installation is minimal, however should be done by a professional. These devices are the ultimate line of defense against dust, dander, and viral air contaminates
. As air passes by the scrubber and iWave
, UV rays essentially “zap” contaminates, making them too heavy to move through the atmosphere and keeping them out of your clean air supply.
Overall, the best thing you can do for your system is to schedule routine maintenance
. During a furnace or AC tune-up, our technicians will take apart and meticulously clean every part of your unit. Your HVAC tech will also make sure to look at your ductwork to ensure that it’s clean and in proper working order. It’s best to take care of small problems before they become huge headaches.
Bell Brothers is Here to Help
We consider our pets to be a part of the family, that’s why our expert HVAC techs will do anything they can to help relieve the burden of pet dander allergies. Ever year our techs are trained to know the latest releases and innovations in the HVAC filed that well help any allergy sufferers. At Bell Brothers, we proudly serve our Sacramento, Stockton, Vacaville, and Bay Area Communities. To schedule service, simply dial the number at the top of the screen to speak with someone in our office or click here to book an appointment online