Dealing with Dander

by on February 21st, 2011 at 7:00 am

During the winter months when the house is warm and cozy, pets spend more time indoors and unfortunately that can sometimes make for a “hairy” situation-literally! Pets that shed easily leave behind hair and dander all over your home, car and even other people’s homes.

Pet dander, pesky dry skin flakes that seem to stick to everything except your pet, can not only be found on furniture, bedding and clothing, but also in the air and linger for hours. While pet hair itself does not normally cause allergic reactions, dander most certainly can.

Unfortunately, dander is a major cause of allergy symptoms in humans such as sneezing, watery eyes and coughing. In fact, according to the AAFA, 6 out of 10 people suffer from some type of allergy relating to their pet. Also, although many people are more allergic to cats than dogs, some individuals may find that certain dog breeds cause more allergic reactions than others- even hairless dogs can produce dander.

Dander can float through the air so easily that many owners pick it up on their clothing and spread it to their friend’s homes or even take it to work with them, causing colleagues to suffer. Luckily, dander can be controlled naturally so owners can live in peace with their pet.

A couple tips to abide by when dealing with pet dander is to clean your house regularly including thoroughly vacuuming and sweeping all corners of your home. Also, make sure that your pet is groomed regularly and thoroughly dried after baths. Pet owners can also find help with natural herbal and homeopathic remedies such as Taraxacum officinalis which has the ability to soothe the skin and keep it hydrated and also Fucus vesiculosis to help maintain skin and coat health.

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