Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-06-02


My son of 2 and half is allergic to cats. he had severe cracked &  raw eczema behind his knees, which cleared up completely after moving away from the cat. His face &  neck although it wasnt bad, I also noticed a difference, no more scratching and dry spots.
I want to find out if having many birds living in our roof could be causing the eczema to return? I do not think it is healthy, with the excretement and the fine dust their feathers make , that must drift down from the roof into the house. We have been renting a house for the last 2 months now and I have noticed his legs are getting red again behind the knees. He also has dry patches on his neck and face again. Nothing else has changed at all re: diet, soap/clothing. it is not severe yet but I dont want it to get as bad as it was last year.
I have been asking the landlord to sort the bird problem out since we moved in. There are 4 starling nests up there and they make such a nest, as well as the health issue.
Many thanks

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Dear Anonymous
Yes birds can cause allergies as well as infections, so ask your landlord to rather remove the birds. Eczema tends to wax and wane - treat with good moisturizing, and if really bad, ask your doctor to see if he needs some cortisone.
Dr Bets

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