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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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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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15mnth old, recurring,frequesnt chest infections.Can mould and damp in the home be the cause or be contributing to it?No smoking around baby,no pets.

15mnth old, recurring,frequesnt chest infections.Can mould and damp in the home be the cause or be contributing to it?No smoking around baby,no pets.

Yes: A humid indoor environment has been linked to an increase in respiratory illnesses. This problem must be taken care of or there may be potentials for development of asthma, pneumonia-like disease, nasal congestion, and even permanent scarring of the lungs. Advise vacating the premise immediately until after this problem has been fully fixed. ...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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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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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 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 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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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?

Dont buy car: If youre sensitive to pet dander i dont 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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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 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 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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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?

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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Which is worse: cigarrete smoking or pipe smoking?

Which is worse: cigarrete smoking or pipe smoking?

Smoking Cessation: #1 both increase the risk of oral cancer. Cigarettes, when inhaled, increase lung cancer risk. #2. Nicotine anonymous #3 I have had success treating people in recovery from nicotine addiction using the patch. Decrease the dose very gradually, making reductions every two weeks or longer, to increase the likelihood of staying stopped. This works bests if done in combination with #2. ...Read more

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Is smoking a cigar worse than smoking a cigarette?

Is smoking a cigar worse than smoking a cigarette?

Not worse but as bad: Cigar smoke is just as toxic as cigarette smoke. Comparative toxicity is related to quantity smoked, but some cigars contain as much tobacco as a whole pack of cigarettes! while cigar smoke is not deeply inhaled and thus may be less toxic to lungs, cigar smoking causes increased risk of cancer of the lip, tongue, mouth, throat & larynx. See www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/tobacco/cigars. ...Read more