Domestic animals in homes are often pets: especially dogs and cats but also rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, monkeys, gerbils, rats, ferrets, mice and poneys!
Allergens are mainly found in the saliva, urine, sweat and skin scales of the animal.
These are disseminated in dust and therefore onto clothing, drapes, carpets, cushions and shelves… They may be brought in by animals “visiting” the home. Clothing can also be contaminated when staying with people who have animals.
HOW TO REDUCE THE RISKS OF ALLERGY?
- Air rooms and hoover floors regularly, under furniture and especially places where the animal sits or sleeps: bed, couch and pillows.
- If you have been in contact with an animal, do not put your clothes away without brushing them with a damp brush while wearing a mask.
- Wash your animal, check its skin and fur. It may be infested with dust mites, parasites or other microbes. Ask for professional help if you need to.
- Even if it is a difficult decision to take, it is advisable not to have pets at home. Otherwise keep the animal away from living areas (especially bedrooms).
Source: Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (AFSSAPS), Bien vous soigner avec des médicaments disponibles sans ordonnance, Rhinite et conjonctivite allergiques de l’adulte, juin 2008, http://ansm.sante.fr/var/ansm_site/storage/original/application/e25dc9b71ff4e765c75d85f804c1b2a1.pdf