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Is Pet Dander Worse Than Smoking In The Home
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.
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does dog dander around the home remain an active allergen once a dog is removed from the home?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What should I do if i'm consistently wheezing when I exhale? I've been working around pet dander for over 1 month.
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
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
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
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
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
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