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Author: Patzer Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 15005  
Subject: Re: allergy from birds? Date: 2/25/2006 7:41 AM
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Could somone tell me if this is normal. I got 2 birds for my son and I have been sneezing, running nose and watery eyes ever since.

If the only change in your environment is the birds, chances are good that you're allergic to something that the birds bring into the house. This is not necessarily the birds themselves. For example, it's possible that dropped feathers provide a breeding ground for dust mites and that the cages are situated such that the air flows in your house deliver the dust mites to you in greater proportion than you got before the birds.

For several years I thought I had a mild cat allergy. Turned out I had a dust mite allergy, and we had a persian with fine hair. The shed hair was purr-fect breeding ground for dust mites.

For a real allergy diagnosis, you would need to see an allergist and have tests done. Experimenting with where the bird cages are placed, removing the birds from the house and reintroducting them, etc. should be good enough to tell you if you have a problem with the birds or something associated with them.

Patzer
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