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Urticating hairs and asthma?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by vtecgsr, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. vtecgsr

    vtecgsr Arachnoknight Old Timer

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    I have an a. genic and my gf has asthma. I always tell her if she wants to look at it she has to stand 5 feet back. Would these hairs effect her more if they contacted her skin? Or would she have to breathe some?
     
  2. rYe

    rYe Arachnosquire

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    I don't suffer from this condition so I can't speak from experience but I wouldn't take the little guy out when she's near by just to be safe. Those hairs can cause alot of damage if taken into the lungs so I could only imagine the problems somebody with this condition could suffer.
     
  3. common spider

    common spider Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I agree but I think there has been a thread before on this but I am not shure.
     
  4. Mushroom Spore

    Mushroom Spore Arachnoemperor Old Timer

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    Not unless she breathes through her skin, though I imagine it'd still itch as badly as it would for anyone else.
     
  5. i agree...i dont think it would have any more effect on her than anyone else. after all...urticating hairs are not like pet dander or anything...so i would say she would be fine.
     
  6. vtecgsr

    vtecgsr Arachnoknight Old Timer

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    Yeah, i never take it out haha. Thanks for the replies...
     
  7. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    i have asthma and play with all my bugs and get haired and envenomated regularily. i have not noticed any effects on my asthma from either, yet.

    http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/showpost.php?p=553945&postcount=12 makes a good point about there being a lot of things that you are much more likely to be allergic to and get an asthma attack from
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2007
  8. Jaygnar

    Jaygnar Arachnobaron Old Timer

    I don't think that your GF is at risk any more than anyone else from the Urtricating hairs as far as skin contact goes. Now as far ar inhaling the "hairs" ( they're not realy hairs) any foreign substance entering the lungs may cause an allergic reaction. I don't have asthma so I don't know what the odds are of an attack resulting from inhaling the hairs but I think a dust mask would be in order just to play it safe.
     
  9. vtecgsr

    vtecgsr Arachnoknight Old Timer

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    Ok, thanks for the replies...
     
  10. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    that's not really true. only certain things *can* be allergenic.

    i think the problem is anytime there is any sort of a reaction people assume it is an allergic reaction. very much not so. an allergic reaction is a very specific thing in the medical world.