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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Paul Williams Dr. Williams
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
24 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Paul Carter Dr. Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
26 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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.

Dr. Corey Clay Dr. Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Martin Morell Dr. Morell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
25 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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?

What do you feel: Your reaction on the skin test can only show a sensitivity and your real life reaction is the one that matters. How do you feel around them if you visit someone with a dog. Make it 10x worse if you live with one. Allergy shots get you immunized to dog dander and increase your tolerance and minimize your symptoms. No breed is hypoallergenic.

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Dr. Paul Williams Dr. Williams
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
24 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Donald Alves Dr. Alves
Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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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.

Dr. Joel Selter Dr. Selter
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
33 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. David Jakubowicz Dr. Jakubowicz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
18 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. William Goldstein Dr. Goldstein
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Joel Selter Dr. Selter
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
33 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier Dr. Bouvier
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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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.

Dander (Definition)

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