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

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

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. ...Read more

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How do I find out if I have pet dander allergies?

Allergy Testing: Although you may already have a good idea that you are allergic to animals due to symptoms that occur upon exposure, allergy testing will help confirm your suspicions. Please don't be fooled by pet stores that advertise certain breeds as "hypoallergenic" because they don't shed their hair. It is the microscopic bits of skin or dander that cause most of the symptoms, and all dogs shed skin. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of this dander in my home if I have a cat allergy?

How do I get rid of this dander in my home if I have a cat allergy?

One year: Cat dander can remain in the house for one year after removing the pet. Remove all carpeting, get a hepa air cleaner for the bedroom, encase the pillows and mattress with dust mite proof covers, change your furniture to leather covers. If you still have the pet, get on allergy shots. ...Read more

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How to know if I have bed bugs in my house?

How to know if I have bed bugs in my house?

Bedbugs Signs:: 1. Blood smears on bedding (turn black over time). 2. Amber colored “shells” = shedded exoskeletons. 3. Bug feces on sheets (brown- black dots). 4. W heavy infestation, bug's secretions leave “musty sweet”odor. Don't expect to “see” eggs. They're nocturnal ; in small crevices, translucent ; 1/16th inch long. Adults are 1/4th inch long ; flat. ...Read more

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What can I do to my house that would ease someone's allergies to cats, if I have two cats? Does vacuuming help?

What can I do to my house that would ease someone's allergies to cats, if I have two cats?  Does vacuuming help?

Cleaning & Banning: Ban the cats from areas that the visitors will be using, then clean and vacuum the areas thuroughly toremove as much dander as possible. ...Read more

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What to do if I have two pet mice and love them alot. What to do if I have just found out I am pregnant can they affect anything?

What to do if I have two pet mice and love them alot. What to do if I have just found out I am pregnant can they affect anything?

Keep your mice: I've also bred rodents. These aren't wild mice that will give you toxoplasmosis. Life's too short, and pregenancy should be too wonderful a time, to try to block out the entire world. Baby will be fortunate to have a parent who's a pet lover. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I just found out that I have a dust mite allergy. What can I do besides move?

I just found out that I have a dust mite allergy. What can I do besides move?

Control dust: Specific allergy covers for the mattress , box spring and pillows can help. Low humidity in winter kills the dust mites. Try to avoid carpeting and similar reservoirs for dust mies. Medications can help with symptoms. Allergy injections are very effective with dust mite allergy. ...Read more

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I have cockroaches in my house, what should I do, are they hazardous to health?

I have cockroaches in my house, what should I do, are they hazardous to health?

Roaches: are usually associated with "dirt" and can technically carry organisms and contaminate what they "touch" There are a number of household bug sprays which "advertise" that they can "control" the problem however a PROFESSIONAL exterminator is the only sure way of eliminating the problem! If you RENT your L:ANDLORD should provide this!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Just found out I have bed bugs what do I do if I am sleeping out this weekend and don't want to spread it?

Bed bugs: Spread of bedbugs depends on their human hosts for movement from one location to another. Bedbugs move by way of furniture, clothing, suitcases, used mattresses, etc. Here is a link to sc dept of health webpage on bedbugs. Has good advice. http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/envhealth/pests/bed-bugs-get-rid.htm also good housekeeping video on travel & bed bugs http://youtu.Be/dveyliwbduq. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a gp-5 gas mask and it may have asbestos in the filter. What to do if I have breathed through the filter. If i did breath in asbestos am i going to die?

What to do if I have a gp-5 gas mask and it may have asbestos in the filter. What to do if I have breathed through the filter. If i did breath in asbestos am i going to die?

Use good filters: It's likely that the old Russian filters had asbestos. Regardless of what materials were used they have a shelf-life and are likely to break down and create a respiratory hazard if used after expiration. As far as breathing asbestos - it definitely is hazardous but that is a function of exposure levels and time. Other toxins (smoking) add to it. There is nothing to do but avoid more exposure. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my attic has asbestos in it ? I don't want to go up there in case I breathe some in.

Asbestos: You cannot tell. Try and get the records from the year the home was built. (get this from the town). Based on the codes at that time it will tell you if asbestos was very likely used. ...Read more

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What do I need to get to clean my house after being to I have scabie?

What do I need to get to clean my house after being to I have scabie?

Scabies: you need to make sure you wash all clothes exposed with hot water above 120 degrees. Treat scabies for everyone at home at the same time. ...Read more

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What do I do about my pets during a wildfire?

What do I do about my pets during a wildfire?

Confine pets to room: Confine pets to one room so that you can find them if you need to evacuate quickly. Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn your pets’ paws or hooves. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a dust mite allergy?

How do I know if I have a dust mite allergy?

Allergy testing: Allergy testing either skin testing/blood test, usually strong history is suggestive but a definitive answer would be through testing. ...Read more

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How do I control my allergy to cats if I want a cat?

How do I control my allergy to cats if I want a cat?

You can"t: Wanting a cat is okay, having one in your home is not. The amount of animal dander increases as the animal stays in the home, leading to progressively more severe symptoms. Medications may help, but in general, symptoms will increase over time and may progress from nasal complaints to asthma. ...Read more

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I have a cat that I want to keep. How can I reduce my allergies to her? I am currently getting allergy shots and I keep her out of the bedroom. Is there anything else I can do?

I have a cat that I want to keep. How can I reduce my allergies to her? I am currently getting allergy shots and I keep her out of the bedroom. Is there anything else I can do?

Sure: Avoidance measures that are not as effective as immunotherapy, but that can help include: 1) reduce allergen reservoirs (remove carpeting/upholstered furniture), 2) use vacuums with effective filtration, 3) increase home ventilation and add HEPA filtration systems, 4) wash cat weekly, and 5) polish floors and clean regularly. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What to do if I have a gp-5 gas mask and it may have asbestos in the filter. I have breathed through the filter. if I did breath in asbestos am I going to die?

What to do if I have a gp-5 gas mask and it may have asbestos in the filter. I have breathed through the filter. if I did breath in asbestos am I going to die?

Could be a problem: The old Russian mask filters can have asbestos and if it deteriorates the fibers are not healthy to breathe. But lung damage happens after prolonged breathing of fibers. The only thing to do is protect your lungs going forward. Make sure you only use filters with activated charcoal and avoid other things that damage your lungs - especially smoking. Get good info here http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/to ...Read more