If you have been told that you are allergic to feathers, the best treatment is complete avoidance. People can come in contact with feathers in the bedroom, with pet birds (such as canaries, parrots or pigeons) or on the job (in the case of farmers or poultry workers). Here are some tips on how to avoid feathers and reduce your chances of an allergic reaction:
- Remove all items containing feathers from the home or outside environment. This includes feather pillows, down comforters and other furniture filled with down. Replace items such as feather pillows with polyester filled ones.
- Avoid any direct exposure to pet birds.
- Discuss suitable treatment alternatives with your doctor if your occupation involves contact with feathers.
For more information:
Go to the Allergies health topic.