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A 36-year-old member asked:

is pet dander worse than smoking in the home?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
No: While it's hard to directly compare these two, and for someone with a cat allergy in particular cat allergen in the home will be miserable for them, smoking is much harder on your health overall and over time. If you can only choose one, stop smoking.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Worse for what?: Smoking in the home exposes not only you, but to everybody else living there to the risks of increased respiratory infection, asthma but also heart and lung disease, including cancer. Pet dander increases allergy and maybe sinus infections, but not the more serious problems. Pet dander is clearly the lesser of these two evils.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I find out if I have pet dander in my house?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Mostly research test: It's usually not necessary to test to see if you have pet dander. If you have a pet, you have pet dander. If you don't have a pet, some houses still have detectable cat allergen even when there has not been a cat there for substantial amounts of time. Testing is usually done mostly for research purposes though. You can take measures to mitigate, like hard floors or hepa filters, without testing.
India
A 23-year-old member asked:

How long can pet dander stay in the air?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
4 months: The available information is for cat dander, but dog is probably similar. Typically about 4 months is needed to decrease levels to below 8 microgram/gram carpet dust. It is possible for levels to persist longer.
CA
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does pet dander remain in the house?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
4 months: About four months for most cat allergen, and dog is probably similar, although there isn't much evidence about dog. Levels can persist much longer, especially if the levels are extremely high originally.
Columbus, OH
A 74-year-old female asked:

Am I allergic to pet dander how could I tell?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Animal Allergy: Spending time around an animal you are allergic to should give you an idea if you have symptoms. If still unsure, your friendly allergist can test you to animals and give you a specific answer.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can there be any medican i can take for being allergic to pet dander?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Antihistamine: You can take an antihistamine, such as allegra, zyrtec or claritin (loratadine). If you live with a pet, i suggest you consult a board certified allergist to discuss long term treatment options.

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