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Doctor insights on: Adult Asthma Having A Pet In The Home

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways, caused ...Read more


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Would someone with extreme cat allergies still experience allergic symptoms if the cat is in a separate apartment on a different floor?

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

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In what step in asthma management would a home nebulizer be used?

In what step in asthma management would a home nebulizer be used?

Both...: ...Maintenance meds (such as budesonide) and rescue meds (such as albuterol) are available in nebulizer ampoules, and can be used by people unable to use handheld mdi's (multidose inhalers). ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Can you safely have a pet gecko with a child with cancer in the house?

Can you safely have a pet gecko with a child with cancer in the house?

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 more

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Is a 70 year old woman with mild COPD and asthsma likely to need oxygen full time in the near future?

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 more

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Is it safe to have a pet bird and a baby in the same home?

Is it safe to have a pet bird and a baby in the same home?

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

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Should I have potassium iodide at home in my emergency kit in case of a radiation leak or attack?

Should I have potassium iodide at home in my emergency kit in case of a radiation leak or attack?

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 more

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What are the chances of a 7 year shift manager getting into hr with a ba in psychology?

What are the chances of a 7 year shift manager getting into hr with a ba in psychology?

Not really a medical: question. Don't know how well your experience as a shift manager combined with your bachelor's degree in psychology will qualify you for a human resources job. ...Read more

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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

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

Transfer of Allergen: I would ask the mom's allergist what can be dome to prevent her son from carrying cat allergens. Since it is such a common life arrangement (living with cats and dogs) that I am sure you can get the answer from the doctor (via your wife). ...Read more

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What to do for aspergillosis of the sinus in a child?

What to do for aspergillosis of the sinus in a child?

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

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How do doctors check if someone has a blockage in an air passage in one of her lungs?

How do doctors check if someone has a blockage in an air passage in one of her lungs?

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

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What is the best elevation for put a hepa air filter in the home? (I have allergys)

What is the best elevation for put a hepa air filter in the home? (I have allergys)

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

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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.

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.

Perhaps: How long ago was the surgery?After the first week or so there is little risk of any infection.Allergy to indoor pets is always a concern for all of us, manifested by redness and itching of the eyes. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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 more

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What are the symptoms of sports asthma in a child?

What are the symptoms of sports asthma in a child?

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 more

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