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lungs affected by parrot droppings

Lung Health | Last Active: May 9, 2022 | Replies (3)

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I was initially diagnosed with Interstitial lung disease and as soon as the Pulmonary MD. found out that I have 2 parrots, he focused on that being the problem. Two tests indicate that I am allergic to the parrot droppings but not the serum and not for canaries, parakeets, cockatiels pidgeons, chickens. I am now wearing gloves and a mask when I am feeding them and changing their paper, etc. MD. said that is not enough and wanted me to separate myself for 2-3months to see if that would make a determination (totally out of the question). I believe my lung condition is a result of chemo treatments for breast cancer since the early symptoms began after completion of treatment. The African Greys are like my kids and I won't just get rid of them without more evidence. Thank you for your input. Will be tested again in June to see if the nasal steroid and gloves and mask are making a difference.

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I have to say, that I persisted with a second opinion and even a lung lovage, in order to know for sure.
I know how you feel. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the oncologist said you have to get rid of the birds. My answer; would you get rid of your child?
I do have a friend who did end up with a problem from droppings. She has someone who comes in every morning who first mists the birds with water to put down the feather dust, then cleans the cages and vacuums the floor.she pays for an hour of housekeeping and keeps her birds.
Some doctors seem to focus on the birds. Have you secured a second opinion in this?