Will an air purifier help with cat allergies? First you get a tickly nose, which quickly gets itchy as it starts running. Then come the sneezes followed by bouts of coughing and wheezing. You eyes become red and watery as you succumb to the itchiness and rub them constantly. A rash forms on your chest and on your face…
For those who are unfortunate to be allergic to cats, these are common symptoms.
It’s estimated that around ten percent of people are allergic to household pets. Approximately one out of seven children aged 6-19 will be allergic to cats. Cat allergies form the majority of these numbers and so let’s just say it’s a pretty serious problem for a lot of people. For most people suffering the symptoms of cat allergies, treatment is on hand and you could say it’s more of an irritant, but for a smaller subset of people, being allergic to cats can be extremely dangerous.
Maybe you just met some new friends and have invited them over to your place for dinner, only to find out that one of them is allergic to cats…and you have a cat. How can be tackle the problem early, to reduce the chances of your new friends being affected by your lovely cat ?
How are people with cat allergies affected by cats ?
When you think of pet allergies, the first thing that comes to mind is pet hair – it must be the hair that people are allergic to ? right? … wrong! When people are allergic to cats and dogs, they’re actually allergic to a thing called dander and some other things which we’ll look at in a moment. Firstly Dander. Dander is a collection of flakes that come off the animal’s skin. (similar to the word dandruff, which is flakes of skin from the human head). This dander can affect some people and not others, causing the symptoms mentioned above.
As well as dander, there are allergins that produced by the cat, which can have an affect on people with asthma.
Also the saliva, urine and feces from the cat contains proteins that will trigger an allergic reaction.
All these things can, when in microparticle form, become airborne and consequently be inhaled by us. Dander can remain undetected on all kind of surfaces – the carpet, the furniture, the walls, for a long time.
How do we remove dander ?
We could say ‘remove the cat’ and leave it at that, but of course that’s not going to happen, you love your cat. And even if you removed the cat from the equation, then you still have the problem of dander in the room – so how do you remove it?
Clean clean clean and then clean some more. Vacuum the carpets, clean all the surfaces and the walls and windows as much as you can.
But unless you’ve given your cat a one-way ticket to somewhere else, then the problem is going to remain. As long as there’s a cat in your house, there’ll be dander – not just on the floor, or on the surfaces around your room, but floating around in the air.
Will an air purifier remove dander ?
Yes it will. An air purifier is designed to remove dust and harmful particles from the air, before it gets to you. Before you breathe them in. To specifically target cat dander with an air purifier, you’ll want to be using a model that has a high airflow. Look for air purifiers that are certified as HEPA purifiers. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Arresting and it basically means that this model has been certified and proved to be able to capture particles like pet dander.
Will an air purifier help with cat allergies ?
So will an air purifier help with cat allergies? An air purifier that can tackle pet dander is what we’re after, and fortunately most air purifiers on the market today can do just that. These are currently some of the most popular products to remove pet dander…