My DD got a hive today. One big one on the side of her cheek & redness on her chin, a little blotchy that may have been some hives breaking out. I gave her some Benedryl & it went away.

I am not sure what from -- I was at a friends' house who eats PB every day but she assured me her home was cleaned. DD kissed their cat goodbye just before we left & I noticed the hive for the first time in the car. She is not around cats much so perhps she is allergic to cats.

Can cat allergies give hives? I just get a running nose/watery eyes type reaction from my cat & environmental allergies.

I can't believe how freaked out I am by one hive.


------------------ Ellen Allergic to Shellfish/ Mom to Jesse 9/01 who has PA

On Sep 10, 2004

I would guess it's the cat. My non pa ds had an anaphylactic reaction to cats and he had tons of hives. After the reaction he would get a couple hives a day, for weeks.

On Sep 10, 2004

On Sep 11, 2004

ElleMo, sorry to hear about your wee one. I hate hives and hate trying to figure out what caused them, because, of course, we think it has to be PA related.

I've taken a daily antihistamine since time began for my environmental allergies. If I run out and go more than a couple of days without one, not only will I get a horrible headache, but I will also start to get hives, just here and there on my body.

As far as getting hives from a cat, well, I think momma2boys answered your question for you. I remember when I first became a member here, I didn't know that people could be anaphylactic to what I consider environmental allergies and found it quite shocking and horrific.

But the hives from a cat, yes, my DH will break out in hives if he comes into contact with a cat. Hives and itchy eyes.

This summer and last, my son (PA) seems to break out in hives from grass, even though he's taken his daily antihistamine. Last summer, it was so bad that I actually took him to emerg because I didn't know what was going on - turns out he was being smooshed into the grass by another kid and I guess the direct contact of the grass on his skin did it (though not clear if it was something to do with even pesticides or something).

This year, the same thing.

Have you had your daughter tested for environmental allergies?

Best wishes! [img][/img]

On Sep 11, 2004

I'm very allergic to cats - and I always start with hives . Usually If I know I am going to house that will have cats, I take benedryl before I go- I can usually last about 1/2 hour before the hives start and I leave.

On Sep 11, 2004


Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream: [b]Have you had your daughter tested for environmental allergies?

Best wishes! [img][/img][/b]

Thanks for your response (& everyone else as well)

She was tested for a few environmental allergies -- positive for dust. But since we didn't have a pet, she wasn't tested for animals. She was only about 20 months at the time & we did the scratch tests so I wasn't anxious to do any more testing than necessary. Also, she really hasn't been exposed to cats so even if she had been negative, it wouldn't have meant anything now. The Dr. wants to wait until next year (when she turns four) to do the blood test (RAST??) so that we have a baseline to compare too. I have done no research on environmental allergies really. Can allergies to cats be seen in a blood test or is that just for food?? Should I push up the blood test & check for cats???

I am realizing that I don't really understand allergies as well as I thought.

My is just that there are friends' homes where I will not be able to take her if she is allergic to cats. & I have just joined a playgroup, I was looking forward to attending, & this women is involved as well as at least one other mom with a cat in her home.

So moms with experience, would it be safe for me to expose her to a cat again & just see what happens?? We were in the home for 2.5 hours with no problems, it wasn't until we were leaving & she kissed the cat good-bye that she had a reaction. Or is this something I should check with my allergist first?


Ellen ------------------ Ellen Allergic to Shellfish/ Mom to Jesse 9/01 who has PA

[This message has been edited by ElleMo (edited September 11, 2004).]

On Sep 12, 2004

My son gets hives when he plays with our dog. He doesnt get them by just being around her but if he rubs up against her or throws himself over her etc.. he will get a few hives on his face.. nothing else, just hives. He scored a 2 on the RAST for dog and a 3 for cat but we never saw a reaction to our cat (he never got too close to him though). We have reduced his exposure to her by keeping the dog outside and he hasnt had anymore hives. I wouldnt worry if you think that is what it is and when they do the RAST ask them to check for cats too. As far as play groups just see if people could keep their cats out of the area the kids are in while you are there and see if you notice any reactions. Some people just cant touch the animals. sometimes it is the animals saliva they are reacting to.

------------------ Lalow James 2yrs NKA Ben 17 months PA,MA,possible EA, and SA

[This message has been edited by lalow (edited September 12, 2004).]