If you love those feline critters but find yourself sneezing, itching and even swelling up when you are around them, there are some steps you can take to keep them in your life and even in your home. You can find some helpful products at sites like AllergyBuyersClub.com and CVS. So, if you love cats and just need to know how to live with them if you suffer from allergies, take a look below at some of the helpful tips to allergy proof your home.
Start Where You Sleep
If you are allergic to your pet, then the best thing to do is keep him out of your bedroom. You spend a third of your time at home in your bedroom, so it is easier to keep the pet out than to suffer from attacks while you sleep.
Clear the Air
Use an air filtration system with a small particle or HEPA filter to help remove dust allergens from the air that you breathe.
If you have a pet in the home and you are suffering from allergies, the best solution is to remove anything that traps the allergens, such as carpeting. It may seem extreme to get rid of your plush carpet and go to hardwood flooring, but in the long run you will breathe easier and will be able to clean up pet hair and dander much easier. If you insist on having some carpeting in the home, try area rugs instead. They are easier to clean and can even be taken in to be dry cleaned if your vacuum is not removing all the small particles from the fabric. If it is not possible to remove the carpeting from the home, consider using a low pile carpet instead of a high pile carpet, vacuum with a HEPA filter machine and shampoo the carpets periodically.
If your furniture is upholstered, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of allergic reactions. Think about removing all upholstered furniture from the home and replacing it with wood, leather, metal or plastic.
Keep Fabrics to a Minimum
When you purchase curtains, be sure they are washable and if you are using blinds, replace them with a washable roller type shade. Any fabric in the home can trap allergens and create a higher risk for allergic reactions. Keep them to a minimum and always ensure those that are in the home are washable.
Bust the Dust
What may look like dust on your dresser, end table or television may actually be trapped pet dander so always keep the home dust free. Make sure you use clothes for dusting that trap the dust and does not allow it to be spread around in the air. Changing filters in your furnace can greatly reduce the need for dusting in the home, and then just keeping things dusted once a week should be fine.
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Written By: Aimee Johnson
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