Can exposure to allergens CAUSE asthma?
My PA/TNA daughter (3 years old) is allergic to cats as well. (Her allergist said she will probably develop other allergies as well, based on our family hx). Her dad has asthma. Our ped. and allergist told us she will most likely develop asthma, too (which I'm obviously trying to avoid). Anyway, she never seemed to have a problem when we were around cats, but last week we were at someone's house (with two cats) and she suddenly got a couple hives on her face. It seems like all of her little friends have cats and I feel so guilty that her life has been restricted so much already (I homeschool her for preschool, we barely go out to eat, etc.) that I hesitate to keep her from everyone's homes (all our family members also have cats). I'm sorry this post has been so long; I guess what I'm trying to get aroud to asking is: can exposure to her allergens CAUSE asthma to develop? (She doesn't have any symptoms YET--knock on wood). Her allergist has never really given us an answer to this (we are actually switching, because of things like this). I feel like I can't win, KWIM? I either restrict her life even MORE or have to take her where people have cats. Anyone have any insight into this? (Sorry for such a long post!) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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