Shedding Season: How to Handle Pet Dander

Baz Team

June 18, 2024

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Pet dander can be a real challenge, especially during warm months. For pet owners in the Central Valley, this time of year can exacerbate allergy symptoms and make managing indoor air quality more difficult. At Baz Asthma, Allergy & Sinus Center, we’re here to help!

Understanding Pet Dander

Pet dander is made up of tiny flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These particles can trigger allergic reactions in some people, causing symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and even asthma attacks. The Central Valley’s dry climate can make these particles more airborne, increasing the likelihood of an allergic response.

Why Shedding Season Matters

During shedding season, which typically occurs in spring and fall, pets lose their old fur to make way for new growth. This increase in hair loss can lead to more dander in your home, potentially triggering more severe allergy symptoms. Understanding how to manage this can help you enjoy the company of your pets without all the suffering.

Tips for Managing Pet Dander

1. Regular Grooming

Regular grooming is essential to control shedding and reduce dander. Brush your pets frequently, ideally outside, to remove loose fur before it becomes airborne. Bathing your pets can also help remove dander and allergens from their coat. Use pet-friendly shampoos designed to reduce dander.

2. Clean Your Home Frequently

Keeping your home clean is crucial in managing pet dander. Vacuum your floors, carpets and furniture regularly using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. Be sure to wash pet bedding, curtains and other fabrics that can trap dander.

3. Use Air Purifiers

Investing in a high-quality air purifier can make a significant difference in reducing airborne dander in your home. Look for air purifiers with HEPA filters, as they are effective at capturing small particles. Place air purifiers in the rooms where your pets spend the most time, to maximize their effectiveness.

4. Designate Pet-Free Zones

Creating pet-free zones in your home can provide you with a sanctuary from allergens. Your bedroom is a good place to start, as it can help ensure a good night’s sleep without allergy symptoms.

5. Wash Your Hands and Clothes

After handling your pets, wash your hands thoroughly to prevent the spread of dander. Change your clothes if you’ve been cuddling your pets, especially before going to bed or sitting on furniture.

Professional Help and Treatment Options

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, managing pet allergies at home may not be enough. If you’re still experiencing significant symptoms, it might be time to seek professional help.

Allergy Testing: Identifying the specific allergens causing your symptoms can help tailor a treatment plan. We offer comprehensive allergy testing to pinpoint your triggers.

Medications: Antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids and decongestants can help control allergy symptoms. We can recommend the best options for your situation.

Immunotherapy: Allergy shots or allergy drops can help desensitize your immune system to pet dander over time, reducing your allergic reactions.

Book a consultation at Baz Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center today!

This entry was posted in Allergies, Allergy, Allergy Treatment, Asthma on June 18, 2024 by Baz Team.

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