How To Alleviate Winter Allergies Caused By Your Favorite Pets
Winter Allergies and Pets
How To Get Through The Season Allergy Free
Winter is a beautiful time of the year. The season brings in crispy cold air, chirpy birds, and the excitement of season celebrations. However, with winter comes an increase of allergies. Pets are a big reason for this.
While most people believe that the allergy is caused by Fido’s coat, this is not entirely so. Proteins found in the skin (dander), urine, and saliva of dogs and cats can cause the allergies. Both, dogs and cat like to lick themselves and as they do this, they send the pollutants into the air and different types of surfaces around the house. For the most part, since our homes remain closed down in the winter, this creates an environment full of allergens.
The dander can get to you and your children by a playful touch or simply through the air, causing the allergies as people breathe the air. The winter need for heat, which passes around the house through pipes, increase the allergies symptoms, because the air ducts are a natural carrier of these allergies causing proteins.
What Are the Symptoms Of Winter Pet Allergies ?
Some of the allergy symptoms are cough, itchy nose and eyes, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and lack of energy.
Some individuals might think that they have a winter cold, but the difference is that a cold last for a couple of weeks while allergies seem constant and persistent throughout the winter season.
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The Asthma Center recommended that you control these winter allergies with simple measures such as:
- Wash hands on regular basis
- Avoid rubbing eyes and nose when around pets.
- Put filters on bedroom ventilation grids.
- Washing pets twice a week can reduce allergens by 85%. Also, use a damp microfiber cloth to rub down pets regularly.
- Confine pets to a specific area of the house.
- Wash sheets and towels on regular basis.
- Vacuum carpets on regular basis
- Open windows and allow fresh air to run freely throughout the house.
What Else Can I Do To Manage My Winter Allergies Wisely?
Some natural remedies might also help with these allergies. Not long ago I read that people who live in the Island of Jamaica hardly suffer from allergies. The connection is the spicy food that they eat on regular basis. By experience, the most frequently recommended spices for this purpose, which I use in my juices, salads and meals are cayenne pepper, ginger, and the traditional onion and garlic.
How Cayenne Pepper Help Control Allergies 1
Cayenne pepper’s healing property is contained in the chemical, capsaicin, located in the stem of the pepper. It has antiseptic and antiviral properties and fuels the immune system. Through its anti-inflammatory properties, it can soothe the nasal airways when exposed to allergens and aid in breaking-up and loosening of the mucus in the system.
So when winter comes, wash Fido, clean a little more, cook a spicy meal or simply add these spices to you juices.
Lastly, I would like to bring forth this idea of wellness and prevention. Vitamin C is a powerful immune system builder that can help lower the negative effects of allergies in the human body. A couple months before the winter season begins, it would be nice if you increase your consumption of these fruits and vegetables. Besides C, veggies and fruits have other vitamins and properties that boost the immune system, by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells.
Remember to wash and freeze vegetables and fruits when they are in season. This way, you can have ample supply throughout the winter. Some of these immune system booster and wellness contributors are Limes and Lemons, Carrots, Apples and Pomegranates. Each one of these boosters are loaded with vitamins, such as A, C. D. E, K, B1, B6, minerals and other properties. Eat them as your heart desires and winter proof your body in a natural way.
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1 The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia by Rebecca Woods; penguin Group Publishers, NY, 2010 (varies pages).
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