Keep My Boyfriend or My Cat?

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Love your pet and Not the allergies.

So your boyfriend comes to pick you up at your apartment for the first time, stands in the living room and starts to sneeze his head off. Turns out he is allergic to cats. What do you do?

  1. Look for a new boyfriend
  2. Get rid of Ginger your cat
  3. Find a way to keep both

In our experience, we’ve found the vast majority of pet owners who are allergic to their pets, or have friends or family that are, find ways to manage it. That way they don’t have to give up their beloved cat or dog.

Why are you allergic to your pets? First let us say it’s not the smell of the cat urine. It’s actually related to a protein under the dog’s skin. Cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, hamsters and other furred animals have a protein in their saliva and urine that is a common allergen. While the allergic reaction is the same, the protein is different for each different animal. But these individual proteins are very similar. Many people that are allergic to cats are also allergic to dogs, rabbits and horses.

How do you deal with the allergens? If you have allergies, is an aquarium full of fish your only option for animal companionship? Fish can’t snuggle up with you on the couch.

For many years allergists and other physicians routinely  recommended that people with allergies of any sort not have any pets in the home. Often, that is just not practical. Our pets have become family members and I don’t’ know about you but it is very hard to kick a member out of the family!

So what do you do? Actually there are some fairly simple things you can try without spending a ton of money. Please take a minute to read “Love Your Pet, Not Your Pet Allergies” in our resource center.

As pet owners and allergy sufferers we believe the benefits of pet ownership simply outweigh the drawbacks of allergies for most people who share their lives with a dog, cat or other four-legged or feathered family member.

Wishing you the best of health

The Allergy Store

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Can you be allergic to cats but not dogs?

Can you be allergic to cats and not dogsThe answer is yes. Yes, it is possible to be allergic to cats and not dogs. You can be allergic to dogs and not cats. However, the proteins are similar. If you are allergic to one furred mammal, you are likely allergic to most of the others.

According to the American Pet Products Association, there are about 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats living in homes in the US. That means almost 44% of all households have a dog and 35% have a cat.

If the presence of your precious pet is causing you pain, you’re not alone. Up to 15% of the general population and 30% of the allergic population have reactions to cats and dogs.

If you have pet allergies, chances are it is the cat rather than the dog that’s making you sneeze. While an estimated 10 percent of people are allergic to household pets, cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

With that being said you can live with pets. Here are some resources to help you with your allergies and help your pets stay with their family.

Article – What is pet dander and how do you get rid of it? 

Article – Can you be allergic to cats and not dogs?

Article – What are the best breeds of cats for people with allergies?

Book –    Pet Allergies

Wishing you the best of health

Mike

PS. Don’t put all the blame on cats and dogs,  they aren’t the only creatures that can trigger your allergies. People also sneeze around cows, rodents, horses, and birds.

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7 Dust Mite Myths Busted

WOW have the phones been ringing like crazy this week! Seems like everyone has a question or two about dust mites.  We noticed that there are lots of misconceptions about things that dust mites do. We want to set the record straight.

7 Dust Mite Myths Busted
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Dust mites are biting me! – No, dust mites aren’t biting you. They can’t bite you. They don’t have a mouth with teeth.  Instead, they have an opening that scoops up shed bits of  skin. Instead of chewing their food the way we do, they secrete an enzyme that breaks the food down and begins digestion. Dust mites don’t have a  mouth, they don’t have teeth, they don’t chew, and they don’t bite !

If your skin itches, it is more likely  an allergic reaction to the proteins that are found in the waste products of the dust mites.

I feel the dust mites crawling on me! – A dust mite is too small to see with the naked eye. You certainly can’t feel them walking around on your skin. They may hitch a ride on your clothing, but dust mites don’t live on people. If you even want to see a dust mite, you will need at least a 10X magnification microscope.

Dust mites are escaping from my vacuum! – No they are not. Dust mites aren’t mobile enough to crawl out of your vacuum cleaner. Dust mites (dead or alive) and their fragmented body parts, shed skins and feces only escape  your vacuum cleaner if it leaks through the exhaust.

Always vacuum with a HEPA-filtered vacuum to reduce dust mite allergens in homes.

Dust mites are flying around my house!–  Dust mites don’t have wings. They can’t fly.

I feel them under my skin!  – Those aren’t dust mites. Scabies  burrow into the skin, not dust mites.

They are chewing through my mattress cover! – Dust mites don’t chew. If something is biting you it could be bed bugs.  Dust mite covers trap allergens and prevent them from becoming airborne. A high quality dust mite proof cover on your mattress and pillows will protect you.

Got Questions?

Still have questions about allergies or dust mites? Give us a call at (800) 771-2246 or drop us a line allergy@allergystore.com.

 

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