Pet Air Purifiers - Keep Your Best Friend and Breathe Easier
When it comes to pet allergies, man's best friend can sometimes be an enemy. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 15 to 30 percent of allergy sufferers also experience allergic reactions to dogs and cats, with cat allergies being twice as common as dog allergies.
People can also be allergic to animals like birds, hamsters, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, and even larger animals such as cows, horses, or goats. Regardless of the species, pet allergies do not stem from pet hair, but rather, the constant shedding of fluids and dander from old skin. These trigger allergic reactions in humans.
The Symptoms of Pet Allergies
This allergy-causing pet dander, as well as urine, saliva, and feces, can cause a host of symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose, asthma symptoms, itchy skin, or rash. Cat hair is one of the most notorious allergy triggers, as people often experience allergic reactions to the cat glycoprotein Fel d 1, a substance that is secreted by a cat's sebaceous glands. It is most commonly found in a cat's skin and saliva.
Pet allergens last for several months at a time and have the ability to stick to walls and furnishings. If a person is separated from the animal for several days to weeks, allergy symptoms subside only to reoccur when they come into contact with the animal again. With this in mind, even in the face of annoying pet allergy symptoms, giving up a pet may not be an option for most.
The Solution to Airborne Pet Dander
Luckily, pet air purifiers can help rid the home of dried saliva, hair, and pet dander that is caused from the presence of animals, and these even have the added bonus of neutralizing annoying pet odors.
What to Look For in a Pet Allergy Air Purifier
Air purifiers best suited for pet allergies use a combination of air purification technologies such as activated carbon, HEPA filtration, and UV sterilization to help keep the air contaminant-free.
Activated Carbon removes pet odors, HEPA filters capture up to 99.97 percent of particles like pet hair, and UV light sterilizes bacteria and mold. Moreover, Allergy Furnace filters added to your central heating or air conditioning system help filter allergens from the air too. These are inexpensive and disposable. They can be used up to four hours a day and are also recommended by leading allergy physicians.