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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I need an Avian vet to answer my question. I have a Moluccan

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I need an Avian vet to answer my question. I have a Moluccan Cockatoo. We have had him for over 20 yeas. Suddenly I have red eyes, and surface skin around eyes is also red. I am wondering if the cockatoo dander and very small ( almost can't see) feathers
are going up my nose and causing a blockage to the drain that goes from your eyes to your nose. One doctor wanted to do stents in my nose to open the passage. I thought this was excessive, but would like to know if you have ever heard of such a thing. Eye
doctors are of no help as they know nothing about cockatoos. I would appreciate anything you can tell me. But please, the answer needs to come from an Avian Vet. Thanks Audra
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner, Audra. We don't have many avian vets on this site. Yes, you may have developed an allergy to Cameo's dander. You might also inhale very small feathers but they would be trapped in your nasal passages and likely to be sneezed out. Nasal foreign bodies can obstruct the nasolacrimal duct running from your tear ducts into your nose but I'm not qualified to discuss your condition further. You would need to consult your doctor. Here's more information concerning obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1210141-overview#a5. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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