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i think i am allergic to old books. they give me sneezes and watery eyes. what can i do?

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Dr. Joshua Davidson
17 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Get help!: It's probably not the books themselves, but the dust they carry. House dust is typically a combination of dust mites, pet dander (if pets are in the home), and old skin cells. Allergy skin testing can determine your allergies, and medications like antihistamines or nasal sprays can really make you more comfortable as well.
Answered on Jun 8, 2019
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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Mold allergy: I would guess that you are sensitive to mold. You can avoid old books or get treatment for allergies.
Answered on Jan 14, 2017
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Dr. Allen Fein
Dr. Allen Fein commented
Specializes in Family Medicine
or perhaps sensitive to paper dust..? Great time to buy an eReader like Nook or Kindle!
Nov 17, 2011

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