Health&Wellness Magazine May 2016 - Page 18

18 & May 2016 | Read this issue and more at | Coping With Pet Allergies Take steps to reduce dander from hair and fur By Harleena Singh, Staff Writer Many pet owners have an allergy to their animals (allergic rhinitis). Pet dander can cause allergy symptoms through indirect contact (airborne allergens are inhaled into the nose and lungs) or by transfer of the dander directly to nasal and/or ocular mucosa by contact with pet allergen from contaminated hands or clothing. Pet hair or fur can collect mold spores, pollen and other outdoor allergens. The protein found in pet dander, skin flakes, urine and saliva could aggravate asthma symp- toms or cause an allergic reaction in some people. Sensitive people may display reactions at work and other places due to the presence of pet dander on rugs and in clothing, bedding and air ducts. All these can be a source of allergens even when the pets and their families have moved. Pet allergens can remain in a home for up to six months or more after a pet has been removed. Heredity pla \