There is so much mis-information out there about dog and cat allergies and the TRUE effectiveness of certain things (like adding a HEPA purifier and keeping the animal out of the bedroom, and covering mattresses/pillows) on the ACTUAL allergic/ asthmatic person's disease (not just lowering levels of allergen in the bedroom which it might do in some circumstances, but even if it did THAT DOES NOT MEAN the allergic person in the home is being helped at all by this HEPA purifier in their room when a dog or cat is present in the home. In truth they are NOT being helped, and by not pursuing what us really helpful–which is to not live with a pet they are allergic to– they are being harmed).
There are studies out there that show this, such as this one quoted and linked below:
"In summary, we have shown that airborne Fel d 1 levels can be reduced in cat-containing homes by using a HEPA cleaner in the bedroom, keeping the cat out of the bedroom, and using mattress and pillow covers. However, despite the resulting reductions in airborne allergen with these measures, there were no significant improvements in any measure of disease activity in our study. This suggests that even reduced levels of exposure, especially when combined with ongoing high-level exposure to cat allergen elsewhere in the home, are still sufficiently high to induce significant allergic inflammation in both the upper and lower airway. Removal of animal(s) from the home remains the only certain way to reduce exposure for patients with ongoing disease related to their pet cat(s)."
And yet people are SO PET-CRAZY (and not in a good way)… I am sorry, it is not worth it to torture an individual (yourself or others). I had such a hard time fighting for my life and health because we had to try all these things that do not work. And I had a heart attack from allergic eosinophils surrounding my heart, eosinophils created in response to allergy from cats and dogs in my living environment… And I nearly died and am disabled now. And now I don't want to be around cats and dogs and I keep hearing misinformation. Putting the animal in another room does not help. I am so sick of hearing these things because they are not backed up by studies and people are getting hurt, hurting others, hurting themselves. In some cases even doctors give out these myths to not lose patients, they might say "ohhh you can keep the dog and try this" when no that is not what should be recommended by REALITY.. And that is not consensus AT ALL. I am sorry. Sensitive topic. But what I say is the truth.
It is hard for me. I cannot fly in the US, not even in Canada airlines anymore which used to try to accomodate people with allergies and asthma:
"Seating passengers with allergies away from pets is not a realistic alternative. Pet dander remains on seats long after the pet and its owner have gone. One study identified clinically relevant concentrations of cat allergen on 100% of sampled airplane seats on domestic flights and 16% of seats on international flights. Moreover, flights are usually filled to capacity, and airlines have not created mechanisms to facilitate last-minute seat changes.
On Jan. 7, 2010, the Canadian Transportation Agency ruled that people with allergies to nuts should be considered to have a disability under the Canada Transportation Act and must therefore be accommodated. The agency is now reviewing passenger complaints about pets on airplanes and determining whether those with allergies to pets should also be considered as having a disability.
Such a finding would force Canadian airlines to safeguard passengers with allergies to pets. If the agency does not rule for the passengers, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, which heard a briefing on this issue last fall, should take up the cause.
Air travel is an important and often necessary part of life and business, especially in large countries like Canada. People with allergies should be able to fly without placing their health at risk and must not be prevented from travelling for fear of being confined close to a pet.
The preferences of pet owners should not supersede the well-being of their fellow passengers. Pets can be accommodated comfortably and safely in airplane cargo holds, which is where they belong. Airlines must choose to put the needs of their human passengers first, or be forced to do so."
I am so sick of misinformation and pet therapy emotional animals somhiw overtaking truth and well-being of human beings (a large amount of us are allergic and consistent exposure even to lower levels of dander left from pets or carried on clothing negatively affects us, as can be seen from studies such as this one:
"In conclusion, our findings suggest that asthmatic children allergic to cat suffer a worsening of their disease in relation to indirect exposure to cat at school start. This is most likely the result of significant exposure to allergens that give rise to airway inflammation after a period of nonexposure. It would be of considerable interest to look into possible intervening measures, preferably to take steps to minimize the amount of allergen brought to school in cat owners' clothing, a major source of cat allergen."
So.. Why is this information so ignored? Why is there so much mis-infornation out there? Why aren't there protections in place and practices in place to help those with dander allergies? And does anyone else find this frustrating?