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How long does pet dander remain in the house?

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

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How long can pet dander stay in the air?

How long can pet dander stay in the air?

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

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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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Is pet dander worse than smoking in the home?

Is pet dander worse than smoking in the home?

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

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How long do hives from pet dander last?

How long do hives from pet dander last?

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

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How long does dog dander around the home remain an active allergen once a dog is removed from the home?

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

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Hi I am allergic to pet dander and when in contact with it I get hives so how long will my hives last?

Hi I am allergic to pet dander and when in contact with it I get hives so how long will my hives last?

Hives: Depends on how long you are exposed to the dander. If it gets on your clothes, they need to be changed or washed to reduce skin exposure. Hives typically last less than 24 hours once the allergic trigger is removed but this can be sped up if oral antihistamines are used. ...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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What are some quick procedures that can successfully remove pet dander?

What are some quick procedures that can successfully remove pet 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

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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?

Don't buy car: If you're sensitive to pet dander I don't think its a good idea to buy a used car from someone who had a pet in it. There are plenty of cars without pets in it.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can there be any medican I can take for being allergic to pet dander?

Antihistamine: You can take an antihistamine, such as allegra, zyrtec or claritin (loratadine). If you live with a pet, I suggest you consult a board certified allergist to discuss long term treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure pet dander allergies?

Is it possible to cure pet dander allergies?

Partially: There no "cures" for allergies, but allergy shots, when properly prescribed by an allergist can reduce sensitivity, often to a large extent. ...Read more

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Am I allergic to pet dander how could I tell?

Am I allergic to pet dander how could I tell?

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

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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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Can you tell me can I overcome pet dander allergies?

One way to avoid: Symptoms is to avoid pets that have dander. Another way is to see your allergist for formal evaluation. Allergy shots can be effective - especially when combined with environmental controls. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of pet dander for asthma?

How can you get rid of pet dander for asthma?

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

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Are vacuums able to get rid of pet hair/dander?

Yes: Focus on vacuums that have hepa filtration and are recommended by the allergy website (s) aaaai or acaai. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has allergies and can never stay the night at my house because of the animal dander. Is there anything we can do?

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

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Can a child with pet dander allergies go horseback riding?

Can a child with pet dander allergies go horseback riding?

Allergies: Preferably not. There may be other things in the barn that the child may be allergic to, like, molds, dust, and mites. Dogs, cats and rodents that livein a barn may also be a problem. ...Read more

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What should I do if I'm consistently wheezing when I exhale? I've been working around pet dander for over 1 month.

What should I do if I'm consistently wheezing when I exhale? I've been working around pet dander for over 1 month.

Get an inhaler: It sounds like you are having bronchospasm from being exposed to animal dander. An inhaler taken prior to work should be able to stop the wheezing. Your physician can easily prescribe this for you. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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Is there a correlation between Tonsillectomy and increased pet allergies? Particularly, cat dander.

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

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How can I know if my allergies are coming from the dog dander, the dust, or possible mold in our house?

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

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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?

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

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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

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I have a swollen face (allergic reaction to pollen, dander etc). I take cetrizine and beclometasone (nasal spray). How long before it works?

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

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Why would a nursing home have petting zoo animals brought into nursing home?

Why would a nursing home have petting zoo animals brought into nursing home?

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

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What is the definition or description of: dander?

Dander: Dander is composed of dead cells ; proteins from urine, saliva ; skin. ...Read more

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If I'm allergic to dog and cat dander, am I likely allergic to rabbits too?

Not necessarily: The proteins that are allergenic on various animals differ. ...Read more