How to Stop Dog Allergies
Studies show that 15% of Americans are allergic to dogs. That’s nearly 1 in 6 people!
Still, few of these folks seems eager to give up their pet. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that 25% of all allergic adults and children live with a family pet and, when told by their doctor to get rid of the animal, less than 2% are willing to do so.
What Causes Dog Allergies?
There are many causes of indoor allergies, but the root cause of dog allergy is an allergen called Can f1, an invisibly small protein particle found primarily in dog saliva but also present in canine fur, dander and urine.
Can f1 particles are so lightweight that they instantly become airborne after flaking off the animal’s body. Within minutes they can travel many yards away. Because they’re sticky, they cling to clothing, upholstery, bed linen, towels, rugs, drapes, and other fabric surfaces. From there, they are easily inhaled by people or absorbed through human skin pores.
Why Does Can d1 Cause Allergy Symptoms?
Can f1 is completely harmless to most people. But for those with dog allergies it gets mistaken for a dangerous invader and triggers cold-like symptoms such as puffy-red eyes that tear and burn, runny nose, sneezing and coughing, upper respiratory congestion, and pet allergy headaches. Sometimes it also leads to itchy skin, hives and rashes, pronounced exhaustion, shortness of breath, and even debilitating joint pain.
Doctors now know that dog allergies can be a cumulative response to Can f1. In other words, prolonged exposure to dogs will eventually lead to an allergic reaction in even mildly susceptible people. Experts also warn that youngsters living in homes with an excessive number of dog or cat allergens (or dust mite contaminants) are at higher risk for developing childhood asthma.
How to Keep Your Dog
You cannot cure dog allergies, but you can relieve symptoms. According to EPA warnings, the key is to dramatically reduce the level of Can f1 present in your home. Here are 4 helpful tips: