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vtecgsr
01-09-2007, 12:21 AM
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?

rYe
01-09-2007, 01:30 AM
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.

common spider
01-09-2007, 01:32 AM
I agree but I think there has been a thread before on this but I am not shure.

Mushroom Spore
01-09-2007, 09:30 AM
IWould these hairs effect her more if they contacted her skin?

Not unless she breathes through her skin, though I imagine it'd still itch as badly as it would for anyone else.

green_bottle_04
01-09-2007, 09:34 AM
Not unless she breathes through her skin, though I imagine it'd still itch as badly as it would for anyone else.

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.

vtecgsr
01-09-2007, 02:21 PM
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.Yeah, i never take it out haha. Thanks for the replies...

cacoseraph
01-09-2007, 02:24 PM
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

Jaygnar
01-09-2007, 02:43 PM
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.

vtecgsr
01-09-2007, 03:29 PM
Ok, thanks for the replies...

cacoseraph
01-09-2007, 03:58 PM
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.

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.