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Adult Asthma Having A Pet In The Home
Yes: As long as it is kept clean, it is probably the best pet for people with allergic diseases. ...Read more
Would someone with extreme cat allergies still experience allergic symptoms if the cat is in a separate apartment on a different floor?
Unlikely: Cat allergies are due to dander sticking to cat's hair, so even in the absence of a cat, you can have symptoms if the cat was staying in the same place and shed its hairs for some time before it is removed. Cat dander doesn't travel by air as pollens do. You need to avoid cats or places were cats dwell as much as you can, see an allergist/immunologist for desensitization if possible, good luck ...Read more
Is my 5 year old son at a higher risk of developing asthma at any stage in his life by living in a house with 3 indoor cats?
If you & his Mom : both have asthma, your son has about a 50-65% chance of having asthma. Other than genetic loading, no one can tell you the risk that any of the myriad of potential triggers for asthma, including specific allergens, will cause him to wheeze in the future. The only exception is that 2nd & 3rd hand smoke is not good for any child. Learning to be responsible for pet care is a useful life lesson. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: I've never been impressed with the fascade of safety that staff and parents wear masks, when the child harbors pathogens, and the hospital environment is contaminated with very virulent bacteria, and the human mouth is more dangerous than a dogs...I cannot imagine that a gecko carries something critical. The charade of masks and gloves provides an illusion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a 70 year old woman with mild COPD and asthsma likely to need oxygen full time in the near future?
Not Necessarily : Asthma is reversible . COPD is not reversible. Most pts requiring oxygen is because they have chronic hypoxemia. It is common for COPD to turn into chronic hypoxemia requiring constant oxygen but much less for asthmatic pts unless they are in constant "status asmarhicus" or develope cor pulmonale with cardiac insufficiency. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Healthy birds & babies can easily share the same home. Proper hygenic practices (handwashing etc. ) are needed in the care of both. I would confine the bird to an aviary or cage with limited overlap in their activities. Be aware that babies, infants or todlers do not understand the frail nature of some pet birds and some will not tolerate an inquisitive poke or touch without biting baby hard. ...Read more
Yes: It is not expensive and remains stable for an indefinite time. In case of radiation leak, a dose of it protects the thyroid. This is the most important concern, especially for children. Not likely you will ever need it, but it could become scarce in case of a nuclear emergency. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can secondary transfer of cat allergens into another home be contained? I am a single parent of a 9yo. He sees his mom alternate weekends. She is alle
Common fungus: If your child is not immunosuppressed, this may be a contaminant. If this is from an ENT surgery culture, it may warrant treatment by the ent. ...Read more
What are the possible health effects of second hand crack smoke for adults? I am a tenant in a home where the landlord has not evicted the tenant of a
2 ways: imaging - either chest xray or CT scan Bronchoscopy for direct visualization Also, you could add exam. If a patient came in with stridor, that would be an indication of a potential foreign body in an airway. Pt may also be hypoxic depending on how large the object was and where it is. ...Read more
Not effective: Whole house HEPA may reduce dust mite count but does not improve allergic symptoms. Sometimes I recommend HEPA for the bedroom w/ pet allergy. It is more important as to how much air change it provides than where it is placed. The only kind that works is a HEPA hood above your head & this would not likely be tolerated by most people. I think an allergist will be able to offer you some guidance. ...Read more
My daughter had undergone squint surgery in both eyes. We have a pet at home, is there risk of infection or irritation because of dander.
If a child has mild autism, should they be placed in a normal classroom instead of a special one? Will this help them to mentally develop at an appropriate rate?
Highly variable: Autism consists of a wide spectrum of disability. Mildly autistic children can sometimes function and thrive in a streamline classroom, but each child's education program and support should be highly individualized by a team of school (teachers, psychologist, therapists) and pediatrician. ...Read more
Growth in uterus I am asking in regards to a female who is in her mid 30s, and went to the doctor with stomach issues. They found that there is a growth in her uterus around the size of an orange. They did a cat scan and a number of other diagnostic tes
Pelvic US would help: And depending on the findings, a pelvic MRI may provide a complete answer regarding an intrauterine mass. Please have the patient contact their physician in order to create a diagnosis and treatment plan. Statistically, this is a benign uterine fibroid, but a complete workup is required before the actual diagnosis is known. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough: The most common symptom of sports-induced asthma in children is cough; these kids often wheeze as well. There may be no symptom other than shortness of breath; for this, it is important that this lasts much longer than it does for the other kids who are participating just as strenuously, so you know that your child isn't simply getting winded. An allergy eval might help prevent worsening asthma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please help! what is the risk that an adult in his 20's will get brain cancer from having one CT scan done as an adult?
Very very low: If that happens, god forbid, it would be extremely unlikely to be related to the scan. ...Read more
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