In recent years, more individuals have attempted to overcome allergies through adopting or purchasing "hypoallergenic dogs." However, new research suggests that these lovable pets may not be so allergy-friendly after all, according to WebMD.
Recently, a study published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy showed that widely promoted "hypoallergenic dogs" are no better for allergy sufferers than other breeds. Portuguese water dogs, poodles and schnauzers have all been deemed hypoallergenic, but research shows that they can still be problematic for allergy patients.
Approximately 92 percent of dust samples collected in 173 homes with one dog showed detectable traces of pet dander and allergens. Researchers also concluded that it had nothing to do with the breed.
Individuals who suffer from pet allergies or seasonal hay fever may want to consider utilizing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove irritants from the atmosphere, making it easier to breathe.
The IQ HealthPro Plus system can clear up to 900 square feet of space. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, such as pet dander and dust. This can be an efficient way to cope with allergies on a regular basis.