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Facts about pet allergies

Pet allergies are common, especially among those who have other allergies. In fact, somewhere between 15 and 30 percent of people with other allergies have pet allergies, and cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Contrary to popular belief, pet allergies are not allergies to fur - they are allergies to proteins in their dander (or dead skin that's shed), saliva and urine. This may account for why pet allergies are so common, because cats clean themselves with their saliva, so the proteins are all over their hair.

Unfortunately, it takes a long time for these allergens to lose their strength, and particles tend to stay in the air, stick to walls and cling onto other surfaces like clothing and furniture. That's why you can experience pet allergies even if you don't have pets.

Even those with seasonal allergies may notice that their pets are making their symptoms worse. This is because pollen, dust and other allergens can get stuck in pet fur.

To reduce some of the allergens in your home, consider using an air purifier, like those we sell at FreshAirPro. We carry only top-of-the-line purification systems like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This top-selling purifier can filter particles as small as .003 microns in size - that's 100 times smaller than most purifiers are capable of. Before you get rid of Fluffy, try an air purifier from FreshAirPro.

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