Message Number: YG6370 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Steve Austin
Date: 2001-08-15 00:49:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Allergic reaction from ferrets?

I think allergies to ferrets is somewhat uncommon.
It is unlikely it will cause someone problems if the
ferrets are not in direct contact to the person.

I would suggest running an air purifier in the apartment
large enough for the room you have it in.

However, the dander and fur from the ferret can be transferred
from you to other places you go.
I remember a study done once in an inner city school, and found
cat dander on a lot of the lockers, tables, chairs and other common
areas the children were in. I don't know if it caused anyone
problems, but if someone can't figure out why their allergies
are bothering them there may be allergens in their environment
that are unseen.


> I'd like to know what kind of problems, if any, that ferrets pose for
> people with allergies. I'm a dorm parent at a boarding school, and
> I
> live in a two-bedroom apartment attached to the dorm. Many of the
> boarders have various allergies. Is it possible for a child to get
> an
> allergic reaction from my ferrets if the ferrets never leave my
> apartment?
> Gayle
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