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Whether it’s a runny nose or incessantly itchy eyes, you’ve been miserable since you got your new dog. But that furry friend is now part of your family, so what can you do? Homeowners in Dallas, Texas, can live with both their pets and allergies by learning about and targeting the source of their misery.

Where Do Pet Allergies Come From?

Many people think that dander (dead skin flakes) is to blame for pet allergies, but dander is more so the vehicle than the cause. Your pets have a protein in their saliva that often triggers allergies in humans. When dogs or cats clean themselves, they spread that saliva across the dander, which then sticks to carpets and clothing, and gets caught in your HVAC airflow.

The degree of allergic reaction can differ depending on the individual and the breed of animal. Someone may have no problem with a Labrador but may need a box of tissues after touching a Yorkie.

How to Live With Allergies to Pets

Before doing anything to fight off pet allergies, make sure you’re targeting the right enemy. You may, for instance, not be allergic to your dog, but instead be allergic to some pollen caught in their fur. Go see a doctor to determine what allergens you’re sensitive to. If it turns out that your pet is to blame, only then should you take measures to remedy the situation.

Start by creating an allergy-free zone somewhere in your home. This is an area, usually your bedroom, where the pet is never allowed. It will be the one place in your home where you can find relief from your symptoms and where you can recover if you have a bad reaction. Since your pet’s saliva is likely the core cause of your misery, you should also keep your pet from licking you, and you should clean them once a week to wash allergens out of their fur.

You shouldn’t have to choose between your health and your pets. To further improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergy symptoms, call Allstars Electric Heating & Air Conditioning at 972-268-9413.

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