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Medicine For Guinea Pig Allergy
Allergic symptoms: If you have the common allergic symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy nose, and for those with asthma shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing etc after exposure to guinea pig, you are presumed to be allergic. Confirmatory tests include specific IgE or skin testing. ...Read more
If you have the common allergic symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy nose, and for those with asthma shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing etc after exposure to guinea pig, you are presumed to be allergic. Confirmatory tests include specific ...Read more
Possible, unlikely: It is possible to be allergic to such things, but relatively rare. It depends on what you mean by "i got sick"--i would recommend informing your primary care physician, and possibly a referral to an allergist to help determine whether or not you are allergic. ...Read more
If you ask, then yes: People may be allergic either to their dander (not hair) and/or urine (which is common), or to their bedding itself, or something else. If the history does not make clear which this is, an allergist can do skin testing, and also advise you whether there are ways in which you can keep a beloved companion animal despite an allergy. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: Guinea pigs are part of the rodent family and they can all produce similar symptoms. ...Read more
Possibly: If it is truly the guinea pig that you are allergic to, you can consider doing allergy injections to decrease your symptoms. I usually don't do this in my practice, since it would be much simpler to consider another pet. Remember that you may also have symptoms with the wood shavings in the cage or other allergens. Talk with an allergist to find out more. ...Read more
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Guinea Pig Bite: Clean the area well with warm soap and water. Dry well. Apply thin strip of antibiotic ointment. Can cover with bandaid. When was your last tetanus shot? if you haven't had one within 10 years - get one. Signs of infection include- redness, swelling, warmth, pus, streaking, increasing pain, & fever. ...Read more
I fell 2 weeks ago. I fell into a metal Guinea pig cage. The metal bar broke-through my cotton pants & broke my skin. Tetnusshot4-5yrs ago. Do I neednew1?
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Get evaluated now: You treat it by receiving immediate medical attention and starting antibiotics. It is likely the wound is infected. ...Read more
My grandson has guinea pig and has the cage in his bedroom where he sleeps. Is there any health risks involved by having the cage in the room?
Pets and Disease: Nope. As long as he is healthy there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more
My newly replaced periodontist said that she'll use alloderm across all bottom front teeth. I need it but I suspect I may be 1st "guinea pig". Advice?
Trust your clinician: Alloderm is a good product. However, like every good product, it must be applied at indicative application. The cause of gingival recession must be determined and resolved prior to grafting. Occlusal stability must be established around the tooth being graft. Oral hygiene and periodontal health must be addressed. Finally, trust your periodontist skill. ...Read more
Antihistamines: You can take oral antihistamines for temporary relief, you need to wear gloves before you clean their cage, don't handle them and find them another home. ...Read more
Not Automatically: Allergies in each and every person are different. Mother only way to know if you are allergic to guinea pig is to be allergy tested. But, if you have never been exposed to one before, you might have a negative allergy test now but develop allergy over time with regular exposure to Guinea Pig. ...Read more
Just curious to if you can have anaphylactic from allergies to cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits?
Yes: Yes, it is possible to have an anaphylactic reaction with any allergy. An anaphylactic reaction can occur, even if you have not had serious reactions in the past to the same allergens. ...Read more
Yes: I presume you must be referring to dry, itchy skin that occurs in winter also called the winter itch. It is not an allergy but caused by drying of the skin due to evaporation of skin oils. This is due to the low humidity and use of dry indoor heat. The treatment is regular application of a good skin moisturizer daily after bath and also using a humidifier to reduce dryness. ...Read more
Yes: Drug allergy is a complex issue, so many drugs r in the market with many active / inactive ingredients, fortunately enough only few people develop drug allergy, if at all in doubt stop the medicine review it with ur doctor to replace it, if it is an absolute necessity to take the drug in question consult an allergist. ...Read more
Cetirizine: The most effective second generation, minimally sedating antihistamine is Cetirizine (adult dose 10 mg at bedtime). No antihistamine will allow ad lib dog contact so minimize contact, keep dog out of bedroom, use hepa filter in bedroom. If still symptoms have to consider rehousing dog in another home. ...Read more
Not much: Allergy medications such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec work by blocking antihistamine which is not part of the cold/respiratory infection process so not much help. Older antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help some with irritant cough and sleep from drowsy side effect. Decongestants such as Sudafed may help relieve some of the nasal congestion but avoid in children ...Read more
Oral vs iv: In some patients with allergy to drugs, giving orally might not trigger and allergic reacton, while givne intravenously it does. This has been reported with amoxicillin. It appears that concetration is importnat, and in some case, metabolism. Without challenging, it is not easy to predict a reaction in a particlar individual. Safest is always to avoid the drug entirely. ...Read more
You have to be cautious with any medication. Some antihistamines may cause you to be drowsy and impair you specially when driving, others do not have this effect. Read labels carefully and determine what is best for your lifestyle.
Avoidance of triggering factors is useful if you know what you are allergic to.
A visit to the allergist may be in order! ...Read more
Allergy injections: The best way to approach the treatment of allergies is to 1) identify the allergic trigger and avoid it as much as possible; 2) medications to treat the symptoms; 3) allergy injections by an allergist to decrease the body's allergic response. It takes time, but it can be effective for most people and not only decreases symptoms, but also the need for medications and the good effects persists! ...Read more
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