Allergies may not be enough to convince animal lovers to say goodbye to their dogs or cats, but they can still have a significant impact on their day-to-day lives. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as much as 10 percent of the general population and 40 percent of allergic individuals have some kind of reaction to animals. Despite the large number of people who are allergic to these animals - and more specifically, to their dander - about half of all homes in the U.S. have a dog or cat living indoors, according to National Allergy.
Because those who are allergic to pets have a reaction to the dander, steps must be taken to reduce exposure to these irritants. Vacuuming regularly and avoiding the use of furnishings like cloth curtains or carpets to prevent build up of dander is just the beginning.
One investment that could have major benefits is the purchase of an air cleaner purifier. Devices like the high-end IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of many irritants and allergens, resulting in an environment where it is easier to breathe. They could also help eliminate many of the symptoms of pet allergies, which include sneezing and congestion, itchy or watery eyes, coughing, wheezing and rashes.