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Pet Dander and Allergies — How an Air Purifier Helps Reduce Exposure

17 November 2020

Pat yourself on the back if you’ve stayed indoors since the deadly coronavirus outbreak. Keeping you and your loved ones — and furry and feathered animals — indoors is a life-saving move right now.

The hitch? Staying indoors for days (with animals no less) may trap in pet dander, mould, smoke, and other airborne toxins that can trigger respiratory issues such as asthma.

Based on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates, nearly one-third of people with allergies in the U.S are allergic to cats and dogs.

While not every asthmatic person reacts to animal dander, it’s a trigger well-known to worsen allergies and asthma symptoms — a cause for worry if you keep animals indoors.

Exposure to pet dander causes severe allergic reactions — and you can experience these symptoms:

Furry animals such as dogs and cats, for instance, often leave behind dander — which is typically a shedding made up of saliva, faeces, urine, skin flecks, and hair.

An interesting fact: You’re not allergic to your pet’s fur or hair. You react instead to the protein molecules present in your pet’s urine, dander, or saliva — found mostly on its skin.

What Is Pet Dander?

Animals with fur or feathers such as birds, rodents, dogs, and cats conceal microscopic skin flecks — better known as pet dander. These tiny skin flecks are responsible for severe allergic reactions in people prone to these allergens.

Dried protein molecules found in your pet’s dander, faeces, urine, or saliva often flakes off and stays airborne for hours, only to later inhale these molecules, triggering an allergy.

Which Household Pets Pose the Biggest Problem?

One word: Cats. Cats are worse than dogs when it comes to pet allergies, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. 

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates 10% of people are allergic to pets, but cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies.

The reason cat allergies are common isn’t because of the ample dander they shed, but the sheer size and shape of the protein molecule found in their dander — which is about one-tenth the size of a dust allergen.

In other words, a cat's dander is so small and light, therefore, so easy to inhale into the deepest fathoms of your lungs. 

Similarly, this protein molecule is sticky. It can latch itself on human skin and clothes and remain invisible. Chances are, you’ve most probably come into contact with it in offices, restaurants, classrooms — places with no cats at all.

What are the Symptoms of Allergic Reactions to Pet Dander?

If you have pet allergies, you can develop even more severe respiratory illnesses such as asthma when exposed to higher amounts of animal dander for hours.

Some people experience allergic reactions immediately, while others take time before the effects can manifest.

Common allergy symptoms to pet dander include:

Besides long exposures to animal dander, recurrent symptoms can also cause asthmatic attacks — even in the absence of household pets such as dogs and cats.

According to statistics, nearly 5.4 million people are currently being treated for asthma. Also, for every ten seconds, someone is fighting life-threatening asthma attacks.

If you fail to seek treatment for the respiratory distress caused by an asthma attack, you can experience lung damage and difficulty in breathing — and that’s scary if not fatal.

What is the Best Treatment for Allergies to Pet Dander?

The simplest solution which acts as a treatment for dander-causing allergies is to avoid exposure to pet dander. In short, keep pets out of your home or prevent contact with them. 

Many people consider this an unrealistic move. Imagine living with a pet you love for years and suddenly being told to reconsider re-homing it. Most people are too attached to their pets to let go. But in life-threatening situations, it’s inevitable.

Keeping your beloved pets outdoors will help, too, but will not rid your home of the toxic animal dander. Another option to consider is to keep pets without fur or feathers, such as snakes, fish, or even turtles.

Allergic reactions to animal dander are also a social problem as it limits you from visiting friends who keep cats, dogs, and other animals such as horses that you may be allergic to.

What If I Want to Keep My Pet?

One possible solution: Indoor air purifier

Keeping the pet away from your home is the best treatment for allergic reactions. But if you still want to keep your pet, then consider investing in an indoor air purifier for cleaner and improved air quality inside your home.

A great all-natural air purifier and detoxifier example is VBreathe Tasman.

This portable, intelligent device is more powerful than the average indoor air purifier. It functions both as an air purifier and air detoxifier — an ultimate weapon against harmful airborne pathogens such as bacteria, mould, and dander.

VBreathe Tasman is also independently tested by the leading third-party Australian laboratories and universities.

According to Bell Laboratories air quality report, VBreathe Tasman can reduce up to 98% of concentrations of harmful ultrafine particles in the air in a record 60 minutes.

What makes this device effective against animal dander is that it combines medical-grade HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration and the all-natural VActive Gel to purify and detoxify the air inside your home.

Having an all-natural indoor air purifier and air detoxifier helps remove all pet allergens from the air. Just make sure to use VBreathe Tasman 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Other qualities that make VBreathe Tasman effective:

  • Improves air circulation indoors
  • Removes foul pet odours
  • Helps allergy sufferers
  • Deters mosquitoes
  • Reduces airborne microbes and toxins
  • It is also safe for food, child, and pets.

In Conclusion 

If you’re allergic to pet allergens but a pet lover at heart — and who can’t avoid animal dander — then make sure to limit your pet’s access to your bedroom, use an indoor air purifier, and remove allergy-trapping carpeting. It helps.

Allergy shots may also be an option if you can’t let go of your furry and feathered friends. Small injections of allergens can help your body’s immune system to create tolerance over time.

Still, investing in VBreathe Tasman is a less burdensome fix for pet dander-related allergies. It traps and reduces harmful microbes and toxins in the air, improves air quality, and provides superior protection — for less.

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