Feather Allergy

For a perfect bed that offers the ultimate restful sleep every night, many people choose feather beds. Feather is used not only to make beds, but also many items that we need in our daily life. But, if you have feather allergy, you are not allowed to use all these products. Read this article and know more about the allergy to feather.

What cause feather allergy

According to experts, feather by itself does not cause allergy. Feather can contain dander and its structure and shape gives it the feature of a magnet for dust mites. Dust mites are the creatures that live by feeding on skin flakes of human beings. The dust mites contain proteins which are responsible for allergic reactions. As feathers are used in many products like pillows and bedding, it causes allergy. Decayed feather is more susceptible to mold and the mold present in feather pillows create allergic problems.

What are the symptoms of feather allergy?

Allergic rhinitis, which has another name hay fever, is the main symptom that someone experience due to feather allergy. Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, itchy and watery eyes, runny noise, postnasal drip, black circles under the eyes known as allergic shiners, rashes on the skin and nasal congestion are the other common symptoms of allergy to feather. Constant skin irritation leads to chronic eczema. Life-threatening asthma attack accompanied with swelling of airway and restriction of air flow to various body organs occur in severe situation. In critical stage, the allergy sufferer may experience very serious problems such as breathing difficulties, weight loss and reduced lung capacity.

How to identify feather allergy

In general case, the doctor can identify the feather allergy by simply analyzing the medical history and symptoms suffered by the patient. For more clarification he conducts some medical tests. In skin prick test, doctor injects a small amount of concentrated down serum under the skin of patient using a needle or pin. If the patient suffer from allergy, rash will appear on that area. Usually skin test is done on the back of the patient. Radioallergosorbent test is conducted to identify the presence of allergy-causing immunoglobulin E (IgE) in the blood stream.

Misconceptions about feather allergy

People who are allergic to feather do not need to avoid eggs or meat from chicken or any other birds. Those who suffer from feather allergy may not be allergic to other bird’s by-products. The allergy is mostly developed due to the dust mites. Allergy test is helpful to confirm the real reason of your allergy.

Tips to prevent feather allergy

The best way to prevent any allergy is to avoid the products that contain the allergy-causing element. If you feel, you have an allergy to feathers, stop using or storing any items that use feathers such as comforters, pillows, bedding, bags etc. Bedroom is the area where we spend most of our time in home. So, try to avoid all such items in your bedroom if you have feather allergy. Pillow covers can prevent the pillows from dust mites, pet dander and mold and keep you free from allergy. Washing feather pillows frequently is also good to kill the allergy-causing particles on them.

If you are allergic to feather, do not buy any type of bird as pet, even though you like them very much. Feathers that have been washed and treated is comparatively less allergic. Do not pick any feathers found on the ground and do not touch any dead bird as it may lead to the transfer of disease and other health problems. Keep bird cages clean and wash your hands after cleaning.

Although these preventions cannot cure your problems completely, they can arrange for you an environment to live more comfortably with your birds.

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  1. Diane says:

    You need to mention that doctors need to know about confirmed feather allergies as some drugs are derived from avian products and thus should not be used. An example is some of the viscous fluids injected in the knees of people who have osteoarthritis. The drug’s pamphlet mentions this but is only helpful if it is read prior to treatment.

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