All animals produce dander, so there are no such things as a non-allergic pet. The protein in your pet’s saliva, urine, and dander cause the allergic reaction. The best strategy for pet owners that are allergic to their pet is to keep the pet out of the bedroom. Below are some additional suggestions that can help.
- Consider replacing bedding and carpeting once the pet has been removed from the bedroom.
- Have your pet bathed once a week.
- Have your pet brushed outside on a regular basis.
- HEPA air purifiers are very efficient in reducing animal dander in the air.
- Place an efficient filter in your furnace to help remove pet dander from circulating air.
The most allergic component of dust is the dust mite. Dust mites do not survive well at high altitudes and dry climates such as Colorado’s. If you are sensitive to dust mites and travel to humid parts of the country, it is important to focus on controlling them in the bedroom and other rooms where a lot of time is spent. Below are some suggestions that can help.
- Vacuum carpets, wet mop all hard surface floors and dust with a damp cloth twice weekly.
- If necessary, removing carpeting from the bedroom, or use a low-pile carpet.
- Eliminate “dust collectors” in the bedroom such as books, stuffed animals, and knick-knacks.
- Cover furnace vents with cheesecloth.
Due to the Colorado dry air, pollen can travel many miles through the air. The best way to reduce your exposure is to keep your windows closed in your bedroom where you spend the most concentrated time. Below are additional suggestions that can help.
- Try to avoid going outside in the early morning or late evening when pollen counts are highest.
- Have someone else do the yard work if possible.
- Do not hang clothes or bedding outside to dry.
Trees pollinate February through May.
Grasses pollinate May through July.
Weeds pollinate July through our first hard frost.