We are a nation of pet lovers. Our dogs and cats have successfully become an important part of society and many families. Unfortunately, the development of an allergy to our fur-bearing friends is a common event. They are, at times, major offenders in causing severe asthma. It appears the most allergic pet owners would rather suffer from their allergies and asthma than find new homes for their pets. Most are very fond of the family pet and others feel an obligation to the animal or to those who gave them the animal. There are, nevertheless, a number of ways to reduce the impact of such allergies:
Molds can be a problem both indoors and out. Outdoor molds are actually more plentiful on warmer, dry days. Rain is necessary for their growth, but will also keep them from dissemination. Mold sensitive persons often have more difficulty while doing yard work. Turning the soil, raking leaves, and even moving the lawn will typically increase exposure to outdoor molds. Use of a good filtration mask while doing such yard work often helps. An effort should be made to avoid large accumulations of lawn clippings and other vegetation such as leaves. Indoor molds can also be an enormous problem. They often become a problem when faulty roofing or other building materials allow moisture to enter our homes. Leaky plumbing can also be a source of problems.
When outside, stay away from tall grass, weeds, and trees. While the pollen can travel many miles away, it will still be more concentrated in close proximity to the source. Some have gone to the trouble of removing weeds and trees to which they are allergic from their property. This may reduce the overall exposure, but it is generally not enough in the most sensitive person. Keeping windows and doors closed will reduce the interior pollen count. One practical compromise is to get a small portable air conditioner that can be rolled from room to room for cooling on the hottest days.