Feather Allergy

Nov 16

Feather Allergy

Some people have reactions when they are exposed to various bird feathers. Feathers can be found in many consumer items like pillows, jackets, comforters, sleeping bags and various other comfort items. Feather allergies and sensitivities are more likely to be caused by decomposing feathers not feathers that have recently been plucked. True allergic reactions to feathers are considered to be very rare as most often it is not the bird feathers themselves that are responsible for allergy symptoms but other allergens. Feathers can contain dander and their shape and structure make them a magnet for dust mites, this is particularly problematic since they are often used in pillows, comforters and other bedding’s. Also as feathers decay they become more susceptible to mold.

When buying or shopping for items with feathers usually you will encounter the word ‘down’,which refers to a type of feather used. Downs feathers are very fine interior feathers and many species of birds have them but down from geese is probably the most popular.

Birds That May Cause A Feather Allergy

  1. feather
  2. Goose
  3. Chicken
  4. Duck
  5. Canaries
  6. Parrots
  7. Turkeys

When buying or shopping for items with feathers usually you will encounter the word ‘down’,which refers to a type of feather used. Downs feathers are very fine interior feathers and many species of birds have them but down from geese is probably the most popular.

Feather Allergy Tips

  • Avoid using or storing any items with feathers like comforters,sleeping bags or other feather related items, especially in the bedroom.
  • Do not buy any type of bird as a pet.
  • Feathers that have been treated or washed are less likely to cause allergy symptoms.
  • Regardless of feather allergies or not you should not pick up any loose feathers you may find on the ground and of course never touch a dead bird due to the risk of possible disease transfer and other health hazards.

If you are experiencing allergy symptoms after being exposed to bird feathers its best to consult a allergist to determine the exact cause of your symptoms.