According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, In the United States, as many as three in 10 people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies. Not only do allergies make you feel sick, but they can also be painful and naturally frustrating to a great degree.
Allergens (substances that cause these allergies) are usually found in animals’ saliva, dander, or hair. Whether your pets rub on you or not, the allergens will possibly reach you through your clothes or the furniture or carpets at your house, where your pets spend most of their time.
What makes pet allergies all the more painful is that many pet lovers suffer from them, and many of them are advised to find new loving homes for their balls of fur.
There are many cases in which people let go of their pets because their infants may develop pet allergies. A study reveals that exposing kids to cats, dogs, and other animals during their early childhood may make it possible to lower their risk of developing pet allergies in the later stages of life.
The good news is that pet dander caused by your furballs can peacefully coexist with you inside your home. Following are some cool gadgets that can help you combat pet allergies without having to part from your fur baby:
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Natural charcoal air purifier:
If you have also succumbed to the new wave of going all-natural and organic, you may fall in love with this idea. Purifiers that use charcoal are becoming widely popular, owing to their absorbent qualities.
The natural charcoal in these purifiers helps to cleanse the indoor air of smells, pet dander, and moisture, so your sensitivity to mold spores and mildew can be dealt with.
Moreover, these charcoal bamboo purifiers look beautiful and can also be a great addition to your home’s aesthetic.
How exactly does charcoal help against pet dander/allergies?
A natural charcoal air purifier comes with a charcoal filter – also known as an activated carbon air filter. The filter absorbs dirt, odor, and gases in the air.
Millions of tiny cells are already present in the charcoal. On top of that, this charcoal is treated with oxygen, which opens up millions of pores between the atoms of carbon, making it all the more porous and effective.
A Hand-held vacuum cleaner:
We all know vacuum cleaners can help with dust and pet hair, but it can be very exhausting and tedious to operate these machines. This problem brings us to handheld vacuum cleaners.
With a bagless cyclonic airflow and an aerodynamic nozzle design, these help you clean up all that pet hair and dirt quickly and effectively without making you feel like your arm will fall off.
A Coconut shell air freshener:
This is made with premium coconut shell activated carbon, this type of air freshener works effectively by absorbing airborne allergens from your space.
Its small size, of course, is yet another advantage as you can fit it in the smallest of spaces.
A Steam pocket mop:
The idea of mopping the floors is extremely common in many parts of the world. However, it becomes a little scary when you have toddlers or fur balls in the house, as they spend a huge part of their day crawling on the floor, and can ingest the harmful chemicals used to mop the floor squeaky clean.
Steam Pocket Mops help you clean the house without using harsh chemicals, as they use water to kill allergens on hard floors.
A Hand-held mattress hoover:
You might be a little surprised to know that the pet hair and dander that triggers your allergies is closer to you than you can imagine. If you’re thinking to stay away or at an arm’s distance from your precious furball is going to be enough, you are wrong.
When we say the allergens could be closer than you think, we are referring to your mattress.
Mattresses are like magnets for dust mites, pet hair, and dander. This means you must actively and regularly keep your mattress clean.
A good hoover should come equipped with a germicidal UV-C lamp that has the powers to suck and kill any allergens residing in your mattress or other upholstery.
A UV light sanitizer
While water-based air purifiers are popularly used options to keep allergies at bay, you may want to look at purifiers that use a UV light to zap away odors, mold, and germs as they pass through your house.
One of the best things is that they are small in size and you can charge them with a USB port.
We understand that letting go of your pet due to your allergies can be very heavy on the heart. This is why we have listed the above solutions to help rid your house of pet dander and other allergens that may cause allergic reactions.
However, if you want a pet but haven’t gotten one because of your allergies, you might want to be aware of this: It has been discovered that new medications can help to live with allergies much easier.
We all know of nasal sprays and inhalers that help you breathe better; what we’re talking about here are the following nutritional supplements and herbs can also help minimize an allergic response:
- grape seed extract,
- Vitamins A, B6, C, and E
- flaxseed oil
- herbs stinging nettles,
- bioflavonoids such as citrin
You must, of course, consult a practitioner before you start using any of these.
Moreover, if you are not too fond of gadgets, you may want to give air-cleansing allergy sprays a shot. With active ingredients and essential oils like eucalyptus oil, ylang, and quaternion salts, these sprays capture and neutralize allergy-causing substances in your home air.