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Old 08-26-2011, 12:53 AM   #11
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I agree with the others, I also worked for allergists for years and never heard of any of them mentioning fish tanks causing issues. I can honestly say mold is not an issue with my tank or any tank I have ever had. IMO it's most likely the living quarters themselves and not the fish. I would not give up my critters until I had tried everything else first. Good luck!
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:05 AM   #12
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I can honestly say mold is not an issue with my tank or any tank I have ever had. IMO it's most likely the living quarters themselves and not the fish.
Also in agreement. My oldest son many enviromental allergies..dander, dust, mold just to name a few and fish/reptiles were actually recommend pets for us because he's had some severe reactions to furred animals in the past (mostly dogs). Properly maintained tanks shouldn't be causing mold/allergy issues.
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:42 AM   #13
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Thank you everyone for your comments. My boyfriend is on the same page as many of you, and is going to talk to my mother about it.

My doctor is a very trusted and the office is one we have been going through for a while now, my main ENT is actually from a nearby town that my mother is from in Croatia. Anyway, a second opinion would help, but I honestly don't trust to find a better doctor/office than these guys. They have gone above and beyond to help me out. What triggered me to ask was that there was a poster claiming that one should not have houseplants in their room if you have allergies. My gecko's cage is all live plants, so it went from there...

Another good point, that I may grow out of it. One thing I did leave out is that I am currently in a situation to diagnose the cists in my thyroid. My biopsy is actually tomorrow. I know when they started to form, that is when I gained my allergy to dairy, which I have been very well informed since I was about fifteen (feeling drunk from milkshakes, breaking out with hives from cheese, etc.).

So, the plan is, to see about the thyroid, and do all of the things around my apartment. The management won't even answer my phone calls now. I am losing faith in them quick. I will be looking into getting a dehumidifier, but I'm afraid how it will affect my gecko. I will post a thread on pangea (a personal favorite gecko forum) about that, since its a mesh cage.

Just wanted to say thank you again for everyone who replied. I knew this was a great site to get opinions and support. I love this forum.
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:45 AM   #14
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Either way, I may go ahead and move my FH into my 55g and figure what I will do with those fish. He is growing much faster than I anticipated and it would be nice to have him in a more show-off area. He would be out of my room and in the dining room.

And my boyfriend had a betta recently pass on him and I know he has had his eye on Wizard for awhile. He is a great looking pearl fighter. And I accidentally melted a part of his tank when an incense fell over... stupid acrylic tanks. I need to just chuck that tank, never doing anything but glass from now on.
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I completely understand being comfortable with your current physician. However unless he is an allergist he is not the best person to be treating your allergy issues. I have worked in the medical profession for almost 20 years and have seen my fair share of GP/FP physicians try to treat issues they simply are not specialized in. Getting allergy advise from a family practice physician is like seeing one for a tooth abscess. They can diagnose and off treatment options to help your problem but only a dentist can fix the tooth. I hope you find a physician that specializes in allergies. Good luck
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Out of curiosity, do you have AC in the apartment? If you do, is it a central system(ceiling or floor vents)?

A neglected AC system can harbor some really nasty stuff, especially in high humidity areas such as yours. Even a window unit can if it is not installed properly(not pitched/level). The water sits in pan with all the dust/hair/etc...It makes a nice breeding ground.

If the drain pans are not cleaned and/or treated with biocide, you can get a nice bacterial soup brewing. Legionnaires Disease can be transmitted via ductwork and is much more common than people think. Most times people get it, they are diagnosed with "pneumonia" and treated as such(which normally cures it).

I had a coworker who got "pneumonia". He was treated with antibiotics and was fine for about 5 months. Then he became ill again, with what looked like pneumonia. When the doctor realized he serviced AC units, they gave him a test for Legionnaires and it came back positive. The doctor admitted it is not something normally caught. It's usually treated as pneumonia and neither the patient nor doctor even know they had it.

We traced the issue to an AC unit in Brooklyn that was used/serviced sporadically. An ex-employee had neglected to use biocide tablets for a few years during his service routine(hence the ex part). The unit was serviced once in the spring and once in the fall by the new employee...about 5 months apart.

If you do have a central ac system in the apartment, you could ask to have hepa filters installed and some biocide tablets dropped in the drain pan. They are both not that expensive if bought online. It's affordable enough where you could even supply the filters/tablets if they were unwilling to purchase. The filters help greatly with people who have allergies. The electronic air cleaners that mount on the ductwork work best, but are a bit more costly and need to be installed/wired.

There are also stand alone air filtration systems that work well.

Good luck...I grew up with horrible asthma and know how much it sucks when you can't take a breath.

What is your SPo2 level at when you go to doctors? I get terrible headaches when mine gets low(when I get colds/flu/etc).
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I completely understand being comfortable with your current physician. However unless he is an allergist he is not the best person to be treating your allergy issues. I have worked in the medical profession for almost 20 years and have seen my fair share of GP/FP physicians try to treat issues they simply are not specialized in. Getting allergy advise from a family practice physician is like seeing one for a tooth abscess. They can diagnose and off treatment options to help your problem but only a dentist can fix the tooth. I hope you find a physician that specializes in allergies. Good luck
He is an ENT, but within his office, he has a smaller office that is specifically for allergy testing and treating. That has a different set of nurses and two special doctors. Just to clear that up. Those were the ones that tested and diagnosed, but I went back to my actual ENT to figure out the next steps.
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Out of curiosity, do you have AC in the apartment? If you do, is it a central system(ceiling or floor vents)?

A neglected AC system can harbor some really nasty stuff, especially in high humidity areas such as yours. Even a window unit can if it is not installed properly(not pitched/level). The water sits in pan with all the dust/hair/etc...It makes a nice breeding ground.

If the drain pans are not cleaned and/or treated with biocide, you can get a nice bacterial soup brewing. Legionnaires Disease can be transmitted via ductwork and is much more common than people think. Most times people get it, they are diagnosed with "pneumonia" and treated as such(which normally cures it).

I had a coworker who got "pneumonia". He was treated with antibiotics and was fine for about 5 months. Then he became ill again, with what looked like pneumonia. When the doctor realized he serviced AC units, they gave him a test for Legionnaires and it came back positive. The doctor admitted it is not something normally caught. It's usually treated as pneumonia and neither the patient nor doctor even know they had it.

We traced the issue to an AC unit in Brooklyn that was used/serviced sporadically. An ex-employee had neglected to use biocide tablets for a few years during his service routine(hence the ex part). The unit was serviced once in the spring and once in the fall by the new employee...about 5 months apart.

If you do have a central ac system in the apartment, you could ask to have hepa filters installed and some biocide tablets dropped in the drain pan. They are both not that expensive if bought online. It's affordable enough where you could even supply the filters/tablets if they were unwilling to purchase. The filters help greatly with people who have allergies. The electronic air cleaners that mount on the ductwork work best, but are a bit more costly and need to be installed/wired.

There are also stand alone air filtration systems that work well.

Good luck...I grew up with horrible asthma and know how much it sucks when you can't take a breath.

What is your SPo2 level at when you go to doctors? I get terrible headaches when mine gets low(when I get colds/flu/etc).
Thanks for this. I will talk to them about doing this whenever I can get them on the phone. I'm afraid they are seeing me as a liability or something.

And I'm not sure of my spo2 levels. I don't think I've ever been tested for this.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:33 PM   #20
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Thank you for the concern. Basically came to an agreement with my mother- downsizing and moving.

The 36g is going out in the living room and swicthing with the 10g that is out there (soon to be a riparium). I gave Wizard to my boyfriend and he went to a well-planted 10g that shows his colors so well (has LED lights). So, that will leave me with around ten gallons of water in my room (5g tank and roughly five gallons in the 10g).

Thank you for everyone helping me. I brought up things that everyone has said. Friday I have to go back to the doctor to get my medication.
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