Dander is a term used for the material that is shed from the skin and bodies of mammals, including humans. Dander is the result of this constant shedding of skin, and some particles may be so small they cannot be detected by the human eye. Dander is a common source of environmental allergens. Proteins in the dander may cause humans to have mild to severe allergic reactions. Characteristics of Dander
Because the particles of dander can be so minutely small, and that they are so light in weight, they are able to stay airborne for quite some time. They can be transported on a person’s clothing, and lay dormant in carpets or on furniture. Because dander will remain even after a person cleans, humans or pets can suffer allergy symptoms for what feels like months on end. An allergic reaction occurs in an animal or human when the dander is inhaled, resulting in sneezing, coughing, itching, and can even get as bad as causing respiratory distress.
Are Some Breeds of Dogs More Prone To Dander Than Others?
Some studies have shown that there are certain breeds of dogs that are less prone to cause allergic reactions in humans, which some may call non-shedding breeds. A few examples are Australian Terriers, Irish Spaniels and Greyhounds, and Schnauzers. Sadly, studies have shown that many more people are allergic to cats, since their dander can also be excreted not only by their skin, but in their saliva and urine.
Reducing the Amount of Dander in Your Home
So, what can be done to reduce the amount of dander that you are coming into contact with? For people who own pets, keeping them off of beds and furniture where sheets, blankets and coverslips may accumulate a significant amount of dander is a start. Installing an air purifier or two throughout your home can reduce the number of particles flowing through the air space. Daily vacuuming with a HEPA filter and frequently washing linens and slipcovers can help reduce the amount of allergen exposure as well. Cat litter should be changed frequently, and wearing a mask and something to cover the eyes may be recommended in people with severe allergies who do not want to part with their pets, but need to take precautions to minimize their exposure.
Helping to Reduce Allergens
When taking precautions have not reduced an allergic response, and especially in cases where respiratory issues have arisen, it is always wise to seek counsel from your doctor. Medication may be necessary to keep allergies to a minimum, and there are also medications for animals who have reactions and skin issues. Nasal sprays and eye drops may also help relieve symptoms.
Enlisting the help of a company that offers duct and vent cleaning services can be a worthy solution. Finding a quality service provider to improve the air quality in your home, especially before a long winter, can not only reduce allergens, but improve your home’s heater efficiency. In Canada, please call Dr. Duct for duct cleaning services and vent cleaning. Call 613-845-0707 for quality service.