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Are Your Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets?

November 19, 2015 0 Comments
Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets Blog Post

Are Your Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets?

To you, as a pet owner and animal lover, Fido’s pet hair is a lovable nuisance – just another check box that gets added to your daily list of things to clean around the house. But to someone who suffers from pet allergy symptoms, it may not be quite as endearing.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology explains that there’s little relief pet allergy sufferers can find once exposed to the source of the allergy – nasal sprays, antihistamines, and bronchodilators help some, but the best way to avoid a flair up is to avoid the source: pet dander.

If you plan on hosting holiday guests allergic to pets this holiday season, there are a handful of precautions you can take around the home to help prevent your guests from experiencing sneezing, coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, and itchy eyes.

Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets

Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets: Reducing Your Guests’ Symptoms

Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets
 Vetstreet, Inc. suggests bathing your pet with a mild, pet-safe shampoo recommended by your veterinarian. “Some studies suggest that there’s a significant reduction in the amount of pet allergens that occur with weekly washing of dogs and cats,” says Dr. Andy Nish, a spokesperson for the American Academy for Asthma Allergy and Immunology. Be sure to give your pets a thorough scrub-down before your holiday guests allergic to pets arrive.

Additional ways to provide a safe environment for your holiday guests allergic to pets include:

  • Use air filters. Place a HEPA filter in each holiday guests’ bedroom, as well as in common areas, making sure to run them for a couple of days before your holiday guests allergic to pets arrive.
  • Minimize allergens. Reduce your holiday guests’ allergic to pets symptoms by washing linens in hot water, mopping hard floors, and using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. If you can, remove rugs, and try to schedule a carpet shampooing a few days prior to your holiday guests’ allergic to pets arrival.
  • Provide an animal-free zone. Because allergens can persist for months, it’s important to think long-term. Consider making a room in your home off-limits to pets year-round so that your holiday guests allergic to pets will have a safe haven to retreat to.
  • Consider a professional air duct cleaning. Removing pet dander from your HVAC system can be a key component to improving your home’s , and will prevent the pet dander from continuously being recirculated throughout your home.

More info? For more information on effective ways to improve your indoor air quality and reduce your holiday guests’ allergic to pets symptoms check out our post: How Pet Dander Affects IAQ.

 

Call 877-800-2382 to schedule an air duct inspection and cleaning with AdvantaClean today!

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