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How pets can accentuate allergy problems

By Brown Ezilon.com Articles Published 10/22/2009 | Health

Most people believe that people who suffer from allergies should avoid having pets in their homes. This assumption is in fact incorrect; the fault does not lie in the animals but in allergens, proteins that are present in urine, dander and saliva. The animals fur collects these allergens, as well as other irritants and carries them about the household. These particles are then released into the home environment, on carpets and furniture, where they linger for quite some time.

Once understood this concept, those suffering from lighter forms of allergies can simply make some minor changes in their way of life and keep their cherished pets.

In most cases the main causes of allergies are pollen, smoke, mould and dust, so it is a good idea to have tests to determine the exact cause, before you give up your pet. Try and keep one zone out of bounds for your pet and wash carpets, blankets and covers regularly. It is important to brush your pet frequently, or ask someone else to do it for you.

The cage, bed or litter box must be cleaned regularly and all the areas where your pet lives in must be vacuumed. Feeding your pet good quality food will avoid hair-loss and flaky skin, and remember the more your pet is outdoors the more allergic elements he might bring indoors, including grass, pollen and other irritants.

A lot of people also think that it is not a good idea to keep pets in a household with babies. This is also incorrect, for on the contrary, it has been demonstrated that children who grow up with pets are less at risk of becoming allergic.