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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?

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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