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Hello everyone..I am new to your forum and didn't see anywhere else to start this thread. I know this should be about my budgie's health, but I'd like to ask if anyone knows anything about when our budgie's affect our health..Last april I started having problems with asthma, which I have never had before. It has been a constant and ongoing issue ever since, and it is scaring me pretty badly. I've been hospitalized numerous times since then and have had many more visits to the ER. I am frustrated because I have seen a pulmonologist and an asthma and allergist specialist. I've asked them both if this could be an issue because of my birds (3 parakeets 3 cockatiels), and they both deny the possibility. Even though i did have a slight allergic reaction to parakeets. However, I talked to my breeder and she tells me that she has had 4 or 5 breeder friends who've had to get rid of all of their birds, due to a health issue called Bird Fancier's Lung or Bird breeders lung. I am having asthma attacks on a daily basis and wouldn't survive without a nebulizer. Does anyone know anything about this particular issue? I don't want to get rid of my birds but it's become a matter of life or death. Since last spring i've been hospitalized twice with acute respiratory failure. I know it's my birds..we got them last september, and the cockatiels in december. In april is when i started having the issues. Can anyone help? I have just installed an air purifier with a hepa filter in my bedroom. Getting rid of these guys is a last resort. I really need help! Thanks everyone, hope you've had a great holiday season so far. :D
 

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Stacie,

I'm very sorry to hear you are having health problems.
Yes, your asthma can definitely be exacerbated by having birds and it sounds as though
you are suffering from Allergic Alveolitis

Cockatiels in particular are known as being "dusty" birds which contributes to allergy symptoms and asthma.
I have to wonder why your doctor(s) haven't keyed in on that. :S

I would suggest you wear a surgical type mask anytime you are around your birds.
Additionally, it is very important that the area where the birds are housed be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.

Additionally, running a humidifier in the room where the birds are housed will help as the water binds to the dust particles making them heavier so they fall to the floor rather than floating around in the air. Lightly misting the birds on a daily basis should also help.

Take a look at the information in this link. Allergic Alveolitis is explained in the test of the article.
http://talkbudgies.com/articles-bud...4921-avian-diseases-transmissible-humans.html
 

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I can't believe the medical folk's don't see a relation to your bird's and Asthma. Your breeder is right, and Deborah, and Amelia have given you very good advice. I would go with a Hepa air filtration unit as these remove the smallest of particles, along with their other suggestion's and especially the dust mask when your in their environment. Let us know if doing these things make a big change, they should...:hug:
 
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