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Which are some good ways to deal with a dog dander allergy?

Which are some good ways to deal with a dog dander allergy?

The best way to deal: With this is with formal treatment by an allergist (i.e. Shots). Not having a dog could be a way to avoid having the symptoms all together. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can you tell me can I overcome pet dander allergies?

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

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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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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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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Can a mild allergy to an air borne allergen such as cat dander negatively impact your fertility? Thank you

Can a mild allergy to an air borne allergen such as cat dander negatively impact your fertility? Thank you

Possible, unlikely: Any adverse impact on your quality of life or health can potentially affect your fertility but there is no direct link between allergy to airborne allergens to fertility rate. ...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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What does a result of 6/15 or 8/15 mean as a reaction to dog dander after allergy skin testing?

What does a result of 6/15 or 8/15 mean as a reaction to dog dander after allergy skin testing?

Sensitive: The numerator is the size of the wheal or bump on the skin test. The denominator is the size of the flare, or the redness around the bump. It means you are allergic to dog dander. ...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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If only had a slight reaction to dog dander during allergy skin test, is it possible I could be okay having a dog one day? Best dogs for allergies?

If only had a slight reaction to dog dander during allergy skin test, is it possible I could be okay having a dog one day? Best dogs for allergies?

Out-door dog be OK!: Good morning,
it may be more desirable to have an out-door dog, if you have any chance of allergy to dog dander. When you have an indoor dog, it is likely that your sight reaction may become a larger problem. If you must have an indoor dog, go for the smallest dog such as chihuahua, which has the least tendency to shed hair and dander. On second thought, you may be better-of without dogs! ...Read more

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What is the best breed of puppy for children with mild allergies to dog dander?

No allergy free dog: There really are no dogs that do not produce allergen. It is a protein that is found in hair and skin scales of all dogs. There may be individual differences in the amount that a dog produces, but you can't rely on a specific breed to produce less allergen. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I am allergic to be stings? I do have severe allergies to outdoor pollen and cat dander.

What are the chances that I am allergic to be stings? I do have severe allergies to outdoor pollen and cat dander.

If never stung...: ...Then likely will be "ok" with first sting (not that it won't hurt, just should have localized reaction). If atopic (=allergic to lots of stuff, particularly if fair skin, blond/red hair, blue eyes), then you may become allergic to it for next sting, which will have more substantial symptoms / reaction. ...Read more

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I have allergies to paint, perfumes, scented candles, fresh cut grass, cat dander. I don't know what to do. Every scent bothers me daily.?

I have allergies to paint, perfumes, scented candles, fresh cut grass, cat dander. I don't know what to do. Every scent bothers me daily.?

Sensitivities: First - would avoid those things at this time. Second, have you seen an allergist? If not, this could be beneficial. ...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 allergic asthma & seasonal allergies. Can dust & animal dander cause headaches?

I have allergic asthma & seasonal allergies. Can dust & animal dander cause headaches?

Depends: Are you allergic to these allergens? If so yes it can cause runny nose and headaches. If you don't know what you are allergic to, speak to doctor get an allergy test. ...Read more

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I get a bubble on my eyeball after a sever allergy attack. Is this a normal reaction? I'm allergic to cat dander and when I'm exposed to them my eyes get itchy and watery. However over the past year I've noticed a bubble of fluid on my left eyeball while

I get a bubble on my eyeball after a sever allergy attack. Is this a normal reaction? I'm allergic to cat dander and when I'm exposed to them my eyes get itchy and watery. However over the past year I've noticed a bubble of fluid on my left eyeball while

This: This type of swelling occurs in the clear covering over the white part of the eye. This clear layer is called the conjunctiva, and it has cells that produce tears, mucous and oils to keep the surface of the eye moist

when these cells get over-stimulated, they can over-produce fluids, and this fluid can get trapped between the conjunctiva and the sclera (the white layer), so a bubble forms.

Usually, this bubble will go away as you get better, but if it is irritating, or if it lasts longer, you should see an ophthalmologist (optometrists are not medical doctors, and most cannot prescribe medications) who can prescribe an anti-allergy drop such as patanol, Pataday or bepreve (bepotastine besilate). I often find that this is not sufficient, and a short course of steroid eye drops works better. These must be used with care, under the guidance of your doctor.

One last note, please don't press on that bubble, or put anything else in your eye! This can make it more irritated, or cause other problems. ...Read more

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I have severe congestion in only one nostril, while lying down. I take allergy shots for dog dander and dust mites. Any other ideas?

I have severe congestion in only one nostril, while lying down. I take allergy shots for dog dander and dust mites. Any other ideas?

? Nasal polyp: Sounds like it might be a deviated septum or even a nasal polyp. A good rhinoscopic exam with or without a ct sinus can probably help to clarify what is going on here. ...Read more

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Are lilies dangerous to humans? Any contact allergy rashes to it?

Are lilies dangerous to humans? Any contact allergy rashes to it?

Yes: Lilies are toxic to humans, cats, dogs, and goats. Eating the leaves leads to kidney damage and failure and some species like the "lily of the valley" can also cause cardiac problems. As for contact allergies, as long as you wash your hands after contact, I would think you are safe. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Humatrope (human growth hormone) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Humatrope (human growth hormone) allergy?

Humatrope allergy: Humatrope (human growth hormone) is a medication that has been used to treat growth failure due to lack of natural growth hormone, & with chronic kidney failure, Noonan syndrome & Turner syndrome. Allergic reactions can include difficulty breathing, hives and swelling of face, lips, throat, mouth or tongue. ...Read more

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Can cat allergies be serious?

Can cat allergies be serious?

Depends: Any allergen can cause a range of symptoms from mild to severe and life threatening. Cat would be included in that as well. Cats can cause mild nasal congestion to severe persistent asthma that can be life threatening. If you are having symptoms around a cat talk with you pcp or allergist. There are good treatment options available to help you. ...Read more

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How common are dog allergies?

How common are dog allergies?

Common: Allergic rhinitis including allergy to dogs is common, affecting 10-30% of people in the U.S. Rates seems to be increasing over time, particularly in urban areas. These statistic include all allergy sufferers (trees, grass, weeds, dust mites, molds, cats, dogs, etc). I don't have rates for dog allergy sufferers specifically. ...Read more

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Can I mix allergy medications?

Careful: Some allergy medications such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and zyrtec are sedating and together may be too sedating to function. Mixing allergy medications is best prescribed under the supervision of an allergist to avoid side effects. It depends what you are trying to treat, usually one second generation antihistamine is enough to treat nasal allergies. Other medications can be used for other symptoms. ...Read more

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How common are dairy allergies?

How common are dairy allergies?

Common: As food allergies go, milk is one of the more common offenders. More common in kids and there's a good chance they'll outgrow it. ...Read more

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What can I do about my allergies?

What can I do about my allergies?

Allergies: Depends how bad they are, you can take over the counter antihistamines and if they don't provide with relief, you need to start with your primary doctor for more prescription medications, such as nasal sprays and if these don't help, you need to see an allergist and they can advise you what else to do. ...Read more

Dander (Definition)

Dander is composed of dead cells ; proteins from ...Read more