Holiday Guests Allergic to Your Pets?

Holiday Guests and Allergies

Two people have reminded me that Christmas will be upon me before I know it.  Thanks for the reminder!  Exactly who took my 2018 and will they please bring it back?  If you are expecting guests allergic to your pet, its time to take action!

Holidays are a great time.  Family and friends gather together for good conversation, good food, and good company.  But if you have pets and your guests have allergies, wheezing, sneezing, and a grab for the rescue inhaler can put a damper on the fun.

It doesn’t have to be like that!  If you do a little advance planning and work, you can invite guests allergic to your pets to safely share the holidays with you and your pets.

In this post, I am going to focus on the “day” guest.  This is a person that will be coming into your home for a few hours, but not spending the night.  I will cover overnight guests in another post to come.

There’s no time like the present

The time to start preparing is now!  The first thing you must do is understand what is the cause of pet allergy. Then you will understand how to control it.

Cats, dogs, and other furred animals secrete a protein in their saliva and urine that commonly misidentified by the immune system of a person with allergies.

Cat Grooming - Pet DanderEvery time the animals grooms itself or empties its bladder, bits of this protein stick to the skin and fur. It dries up and flakes off, either on its own accord or is shed with that bit of skin or fur.  Once it is off the animal, it becomes airborne and is inhaled by the allergic person.

The immune system of the allergic person has previously misidentified this protein upon a prior encounter with an animal.  The immune system thinks the protein is a germ. It has created a specific IgE for that protein and upon every subsequent exposure it thinks it is fighting the same germ again and again. The mast cells start producing histamine and it just goes downhill for the allergic person from there.

So, step one is complete! You now know why the animal makes the allergic person feel sick. The second step is to identify where the allergen has collected in your home and the final step is cleaning it up. 

Game plan

Look around the rooms where your guests will be hanging out.  Note upholstered furniture, rugs, carpets, and draperies.  These fiber surfaces collect these shed bits of protein and when they are disturbed, they release the allergens back into the air.

Start applying Allerpet solution for cats or dogs about 2 weeks before your guests come to visit.  Just wipe the animal down with this mild denaturing agent. It will stop the animal from adding to the allergen level that already exists in your home. Do this at least once a week.

About a week before the big visit day, start spraying all the fiber surfaces with a denaturing agent like ADMS Anti-allergen Spray.  While primarily marketed for dust mite allergy, this product works great on allergens from cats, dogs, molds, pollen, cockroaches, and all the other common household allergens.

The day before the guests arrive, vacuum all the fiber surfaces thoroughly and then spray them down one more time with ADMS.

Special Note: You don’t want to vacuum just before your guests arrive. Most vacuum cleaners will just send the settled allergens up into the air, where they will be more easily inhaled by your guest.

The morning of the big day, reapply Allerpet to the animal (as an added benefit this is a great-coat conditioner so you pet will look great for the guests!) and lightly spray down any areas where the pet sleeps.

Relax and enjoy

 

Now, go knock their socks off with your awesome culinary talents!  Whether you order in or go all out cooking, your guests will be comfortable, your pet will be shiny and you will be thankful you read this post today!

Till next time

Cheryl
The Allergy Store

Allergy elimination is about eliminating the allergy-causing substance in your home the best you can. Once you do this, you may be able to eliminate the need for all the medications and doctor visits. For additional information please click here to download your free copy of” You Can Do It! Allergy Free Living.

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Can You Be Allergic to Your Car?

When people think about their allergies, they usually think about their home or where they work.  But how often have you gotten in your car to go to work, school or shopping and by the time you arrive you have sinus problems, drippy nose, or a headache? No wonder people ask  “Can you be allergic to your car?”.  Sure, you can be allergic to your car, but it’s not the car. It’s what’s in the car that makes you feel sick.

learn more about allergies in carsMold in the Car

Those allergy symptoms can be related to mold or other organisms growing in the
air-conditioning system. You can have mold in the AC of a car that is only a year old. Mold is the auto AC can come from the evaporator coils, drain pan, or the ducts themselves. Rain or snow can leak in windows or doors. Most often these leaks are caused by  aged weather stripping. Moisture builds up on carpeting and upholstery. That moisture just feeds the mold spores so they grow and multiply. If the leak is in the back seat, the driver may never even notice the leak.

can you be allergic to your car if it has dust mitesDust Mites in the Car

Don’t forget that dust mites live in upholstery and carpeting. Those dust mites don’t care if the carpet is in your bedroom or your car.  They call it home.  Same goes for upholstery. And don’t forget, the headliner in the car is usually fabric too.

Pollen in the Car

When the air is cool and the sun is shining, you want to ride with the windows down, right? Wrong! Those nice days in the Spring and Fall are prime pollen times. If you sneeze when you walk around the block, you will sneeze with the windows down on your car.

Protect Against Allergens in the Car

Can you be allergic to your car? Yes, you can be allergic to your car because of the allergens that collect in your car. Just like you control dust mites in the house, you use the same dust mite allergy products that work in your car.  Spray ADMS Dust Mite Spray lightly on upholstered seats, carpets and headliners. The spray neutralizes allergens from molds, dust mites and pollen. It takes care of pet allergen too. That’s important if your pet rides in your car.

If you cruise with pets, invest in seat covers that are easy to remove and wash. Pet allergen collects where pets sit, and if pets ride in your car they are adding to the allergen load. The amount of allergen produced by your dog might not bother you when you are inside your home or playing outdoors, but it might be enough in a small, confined place like your car to trigger your symptoms.

Make sure to keep the weather out of your car.  Check weatherstripping at windows and doors and replace when worn. Make sure windows roll up and close tightly.  Change the filter on your car’s AC regularly.  And keep those windows closed on high pollen count days. Don’t add to the allergen load in your car by pulling in pollen.

Don’t Be Allergic to Your Car

If you treat your car as you do your home you’ll find that  when you arrive at your destination you’ll feel great.  So don’t be allergic to your car. Take a few simple precautions and  enjoy the drive.

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause

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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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