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Old 05-24-2017, 10:31 AM   #1
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Can Parrotlets cause Human eye infection?

Hello!

I recently adopted a baby parrotlet about 3 or 4 months ago as far as I can tell he is healthy, happy and active.

However recently my boyfriend developed a pretty serious eye infection and the optometrist thinks it might be because I let Lyric (My p'lett) run up and down my hair and shoulders. His eye swelled up really badly.

I have a vet check scheduled in a couple of days but does anyone know of this possibly happening? I'm pretty clean but Lyric is a baby and still learning the joys of bathing. Can his dander or such cause such a reaction?

Thank you for any advise you can give!
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:40 PM   #2
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An unfortunate truth and often underappreciated about pet ownership is that we absolutely can get sick from our animals. Do you know the particular causative organism behind the infection? Without knowing that, it's hard to say definitively whether the eye infection could have been caused by bird contact.

Birds can also catch some forms of conjunctivitis from humans, sometimes with lethal effect, so try to limit how much time your boyfriend is spending with Lyric for now and be sure that hands are washed after hanging out.
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Unfortunately all they can tell us is that is something "Foreign" that got in his eye.

I'm a little confused because he honestly hasn't come in contact with my p'lett in weeks nor do we live together. They're concerned that it carried over in my hair...
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Old 05-24-2017, 03:20 PM   #4
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As a general rule avians and mammals are different classes of animals so most things like viruses do not pass back and forth between them, there are some exceptions. Some people are allergic to bird dust / powder and this can cause irritations especially of the lungs and the eyes. Parrotlets are an oil feathered bird so this is less of a problem than a dust feathered bird like a cockatoo but it can still happen. Bacteria of course can cause infections in any type of animal.

When we first got Jules I came down with conjunctivitis. (eye infection). It was not that bad but my eyes were red, itchy and stung a bit. The eye doctor gave me some drops for about a month that cleared it up. The thought process for us was that Jules dust irritated my eyes a bit which caused me to rub them more which allowed an entry point to bacteria that caused the infection. Anyway that was a few years back and it has not been an issue since for me.

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Old 05-24-2017, 03:22 PM   #5
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Yeah, it sounds like they're being too quick to blame the bird. Your OWN natural bacteria in your hair could have caused it or even something entirely separate from you or Lyric. My money'd be on that last option.
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Well obviously I'm not a Dr, but my general inclination would be no, unless it was a severe allergic reaction but I doubt it was some kind of special bird bacteria, that sounds odd to me.
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I kind of doubt that something could have transferred from Lyric to your hair, and then to your boyfriend's eye. A guy I work with has two daughters and they come down with conjunctivitis like every other month, and have passed it on to him and his wife a bunch of times. It's highly contagious. He could have picked it up from anywhere.

We would love to see pictures of baby Lyric though, he sounds like quite the ham!
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