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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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What can I do for a medicine allergy?

What can I do for a medicine allergy?

Stop taking it: If it is an extreme necessity, and there are no alternatives, and you don't know whether this an allergic reaction or an adverse drug reaction (side effect), see an allergist/immunologist for evaluation and possible desensitization to the said drug for treatment of a particular disease episode, good luck ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for stubborn allergies?

What is the best medicine for stubborn allergies?

Various Options: Daily steroid or antihistamines nasal sprays (fluticasone, azelastine) are helpful. Determining exactly what you could be sensitized to in order to practice appropriate avoidance measures is also important. If medications and avoidance are not effective or not feasible allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) could be an option as well. Other meds include Sudafed, Mucinex, (guaifenesin) Afrin, oral antihistamines ...Read more

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Do I have to be 18 to buy medicine for allergies?

Do I have to be 18 to buy medicine for allergies?

Depends: It depends on the medication. Some medicines are over the counter and some are behind the counter requiring photo id and signature. ...Read more

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I had allergy today, was it due to any of my medicine?

I had allergy today, was it due to any of my medicine?

Could be!: Without understanding the circumstances and the type of reaction, it is impossible to answer the question. If you started the new medicine, and experienced a reaction, it could be due to allergy to the medication. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what is the best medicine to cure allergy?

I'm curious as to what is the best medicine to cure allergy?

No cure yet, but...: Allergy shots (allergen immunotherapy) is currently the only treatment that is disease modifiying, meaning it can change how the body responds to exposure to allergens. It is "natural" and long lasting effects carry on after shots are stopped. It works for most, but not all people. Closest thing to a cure so far..... For more read my blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/03/its-no. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

OTC Allergy: Not fair. Truly, it is trial-and-error. What works best for you might not work best for someone else. Loratadine is the weakest binding non-sedating antihistamine; Cetirizine is the strongest binding non-sedating antihistamine. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works better than both but it makes people sleepy. ...Read more

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How are drug allergies treated usually?

How are drug allergies treated usually?

See below: It depends on the severity of the reaction. Certainly removal of the offending drug is the first step. Then medication to help with itching or hives, an antihistamine maybe needed. Also, steroids are some times used. And in severe cases, hospitalization maybe indicated. ...Read more

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What medicine to take for seasonal allergies?

Several choices: The most effective treatment for relief of seasonal allergies are prescription nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, flonase). If symptoms are mild then over the counter zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help. It's best to start treating seasonal allergies before the "season" starts. This is a prevention approach. If the above meds haven't controlled symptoms, consider allergy shots. ...Read more

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Will taking expired allergy medicine hurt you?

Big question: There are a lot of allergy medications & your time span is enormous. Could you take a medication that expired last month? Yes. Last year? Yes, but it might not work as well. Five years ago? Sure but why bother? Medications don't become dangerous as they age just gradually less effective. One exception is Epinephrine it rapidly loses effectiveness after expiration & its needed to save lives. ...Read more

Dander (Definition)

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