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How Long Does Pet Dander Remain In The House
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Unusual: It is unusual to get hives from pet danger but nonetheless it can happen when one is very highly allergic. With a single exposure, most people should recover in 1-8 hours. However if your clothing or hair has been contaminated with the dander, the reaction may return until you have them cleaned. ...Read more
How long does dog dander around the home remain an active allergen once a dog is removed from the home?
Possibly years: Persons who are allergic to animal dander often report trouble with an apartment or a previously owned home that was contaminated with animal allergens several years prior. Through cleaning may need to include carpet removal in some situations. ...Read more
Hi I am allergic to pet dander and when in contact with it I get hives so how long will my hives last?
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.
Real estate agent: Find one. Buy new house. Leave pet behind. There are no other "quick procedures". Moving pet out is your best solution in long run. Keeping pet off furniture, bedding & out of laundry room helps. A hepa air purifier reduces airborne pet dander as will keeping windows open. For effective hepa calculate volume of home. Hepas must move that amount of air every 10 minutes. It's a big investment. ...Read more
Can pet dander be removed from cars successfully? I'm sensitive to pet dander. Should I buy a used car with pet dander in it?
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. ...Read more
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
Very difficult: It is very difficult to get rid of pet allergen, particularly cat or dog allergen, unless the animal is removed from the home. There have been various washing techniques proposed but these are very short lived fixes (last only a matter of hours). Hepa filtration has not been very effective either. ...Read more
My boyfriend has allergies and can never stay the night at my house because of the animal dander. Is there anything we can do?
Get rid of the anima:
If you want him not to get allergies when he comes over, then you have to get rid of your animal
or he has to take an antihistamine like zyetec or Claritin (loratadine) when he comes over. If that does not work he should see an allergist and get desentisized to the allergies which is a long term treatment with shots. ...Read more
What are some long term effects my son could have if he is highly allergic to dogs and is exposed to large amounts of dog dander for months at a time?
Misery: Chronic exposure to allergens brings about symptoms that will fade when the allergen is removed. If he works around dogs, this may trigger the misery of whatever symptoms he has, but is not going to cause cancer or system failure. Once daily non sedating antihistamines like Allegra may help. Yet the best way to avoid the symptoms is to avoid the triggering factors. ...Read more
What should I do if I'm consistently wheezing when I exhale? I've been working around pet dander for over 1 month.
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
Is there a correlation between Tonsillectomy and increased pet allergies? Particularly, cat dander.
Not likely: There is an association between allergic rhinitis in general (pollens, dust mite, animal dander etc) and childhood andenotonsillar hypertrophy. I have never heard of an increase in incidence of pet/cat allergy post-tonsillectomy and a quick literature search came up empty. The tonsils house many controller cells that drive (or inhibit) antibody responses to infection so it is conceivable. ...Read more
How can I know if my allergies are coming from the dog dander, the dust, or possible mold in our house?
Allergy Testing: Can help to differentiate. Who knows, maybe you have allergies to all three. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my father is very allergic to pet dander. Also, he says getting a dog is to expensive. How can I talk to him about getting a dog?
Don't: If he is really allergic to dogs, getting a dog could make your father feel very ill with constant exposure. He could be desensitized with allergy shots but that would take 3-5 years. You could get an outdoor dog and tuna HEPA filter indoors to reduce levels of dog allergen. See an allergist to discuss options. ...Read more
Have cat allergies. Considering moving to apartment. Next door neighbor has cat & balconies touch each other's. Am I screwed, does dander wander?
Airborne dander: Hard to say if you will have a problem, but I do hear from patients who do feel that they are having allergic reactions to the smoke or cat/dog dander from next door. Animal dander is very light and remains airborne for many hours, so it is conceivable that it could travel through the ventilation system into your apartment. ...Read more
I have a swollen face (allergic reaction to pollen, dander etc). I take cetrizine and beclometasone (nasal spray). How long before it works?
Don't know: If the airborne allergens are indeed causing your facial swelling and your swelling has not responded to cetirizine, youmay have to wait until after the exposure has stopped. If the problem is severe and avoidance impossible, a short course of Prednisone may be necessary to tie you over. ...Read more
Pet therapy: Pet therapy has been well recieved in hospitals as well as nursing homes. In order to be labelled as a pet dog--the animal has to undergo certain testing. I am sure if one is opposed to having an animal in their room- the staff would welcome your concern. The friendly animal can bring a lot of happiness in the person visited. ...Read more
Not necessarily: The proteins that are allergenic on various animals differ. ...Read more
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