Allergies to pets with fur or feathers are common, especially among people with allergies or asthma. People with an allergy to pet dander have supersensitive immune systems that react to harmless proteins (allergens) in the pet's dander (dead skin that is shed).
"From 15 percent to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. People with dog allergies may be allergic to all dogs or to only some breeds. Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies."
-Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Dander appears to be sticky. It collects on your pet's fur and adheres to walls, clothing and other surfaces in the form of dust. Dander allergens will not lose their strength for a long time—sometimes several months.
Pet dander is even found in homes never occupied by pets because it’s carried on people's clothing.
Dander allergens get in the air with petting, grooming or stirring the air where the allergens have settled. Once airborne, the particles can stay suspended in the air for long periods of time—contributing to poor indoor air quality in your home.
Allergic reactions to pet dander range from mild to severe, including:
The best treatment for dander allergy is to avoid contact with dogs and cats. Obviously, parting with a pet isn't easy. If your dander allergy sufferer decides the symptoms are worth bearing, there are things you can do to minimize the dander in your indoor air.
Aprilaire can provide your family with whole-home indoor air quality solutions that can help remove dander, making your home healthier—and more comfortable.
Our air purifiers remove up to 94% of the respirable dust in your home, which is composed of pet dander and other contaminants. Features such as Event-Based™ Air Cleaning allow you to clean your air for specific needs, such as when you're stirring up dander by vacuuming.
Our whole-home ventilation solutions expel dusty, dander-filled indoor air and exchange it for fresh, dust-free outdoor air. Ventilation can also help with eliminating pet odors.