Hive from cat scratch

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 2:14am
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ok- this isn't really a PA question, but I just really wanted people to see it.

My PA dd just got scratched from our new kitty and got a hive on the scratch. Actually, there are 2 scratches. One hive is on the first scratch and another hive is starting on the other scratch.

We got the cat on Sunday at a friends Bday party. She was playing with the cat with no problems, which shocked me because she's terrified of dogs. We brought the cat home and she's been around the cat and petting it since then. Today was the first day that she actually picked up the cat and handled it, thus her 2 scratches.

I haven't noticed ANY symptoms since Sunday. No breathing troubles, no flared excema, no runny nose, no watery eyes etc.

BTW- she PA, pea (contact to both) and newly dx with EA.

Maybe the kitty food? The ingredients seemed to check out but I'll call the co. at nap time.

What's up with hives from a scratch? I thought when you have a cat allergy you are actually allergic to the dander?

Any ideas?

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 2:18am
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somebody refresh my memory, but do hives have anything to do with [i]cat scratch[/i] fever? the antigen antibody response?
Absolutely no advice other than ask your pediatrician. Let him/her know what is going on.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 2:21am
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Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 2:42am
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Could just be a local skin response to being scratched. I do that-- whether it's cat claws, dog toenails, or a scrape against my kitchen cabinet doors. Hives right up about 2-3 mm on both sides of the abrasion.
Be sure you wash the heck out of those scratches, though. Kitties and broken skin [i]do not go well together.[/i]

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 3:31am
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I get that where the dog nails get me on my good. I don't think you need to worry. Cat allergy is rash, sneezing, watery eyes etc. I don't know anything about cat stratch fever though.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 3:33am
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Meant to say on my foot. My 8 year old started talking to me when I was typing. Like my husband always say can't talk, walk and chew gum at the same time!:-)

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 3:45am
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Has your dd been tested for a cat allergy?
My ds was tested this summer and is allergic to cats. We have a 16 yo cat on his last leg...so we have been advised to NOT get rid of this cat, but NOT get a new one.
I was SHOCKED to find out my ds was allergic. He has no runny nose, eczema, sneezing, etc you would associate with cat allergy.
HOWEVER...starting this summer (just before he was diagnosed)...if he holds the cat closely for 15 minutes (say sitting in his playroom, or while on the couch) he will break out in a couple of hives. The last couple of times he has been scratched, he developed hives NEXT TO the scratch. I have a photo of it if you want to see.
I thought it was mystery hives for a while...but now it has happened enough I am sure it is his cat allergy.
So sorry....

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 4:28am
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Ds has dermographia (sp?). Hives from scratches or just about any skin irritant, for him, its just super sensitive skin. Allergist tested by just scratching his arm with a toothpick (clean of course), sure enough he got a couple of hives.
I'm not saying this is what is happening in your situation, but it's something to ask dr. abou.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 4:28am
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Well, I called the cat food company. The product doesn't have any of her allergens, and none of their products contain peanut.
3xy1PAinNH- if your ds has no symptoms, is the allergy an actual problem? Is there something else to be worried about? Could exposure to a cat, even without any obvious symptoms, be affecting your ds' health negatively?
I'm so reluctant to call the allergist. We were just there this week and got an EA dx. I was so happy that dd was playing and not running away screaming from an animal. My other kids love the kitty too. We actually brought it to school today for Sharing Day.
It seems like I'm always having to tell my oldest nonPA dd that we can't do this, we can't go there, we can't eat that because of little dd's PA. Honestly, if I was in her shoes I don't know if I would've been that concerned about my siblings!! Guess good fruit can come from a bad tree [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 4:30am
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I, too used to always get swelling down each side of a cat scratch, itched like crazy, too. I grew up with cats knowing that if I were around them too much, or if I rubbed my eyes before washing my hands, then I would be itchy, sneezy. I would consider my past experiences as 'allergic to cats' . I'm the same way with rabbits. But hives alone? I don't know. Maybe your DD has that sort of skin which reacts to a scratch from all sorts of things...hard to say.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 5:04am
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Our family gets the same thing here. We just wash the scratch site immediately with soap and water, and it helps a lot.
Hope it's not more serious for your DD.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 7:05am
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Cat scratches always welt up and itch/burn. It's because they're evil little beasties. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
(Seriously, I'm horrifically allergic and welt up *AND* break out in body-wide hives. Hubby is mildly allergic and welts up. FiL isn't allergic at all and welts up).
ygg

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 7:07am
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I'm highly allergic to cats and always get hives/swelling from scratches. Just rubbing my wrist on a cat hair (that was on my mouse pad) gave me hives.
Cathy

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 8:44am
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Disclaimer - I hate cats. I am very allergic to them. I have had 2 people in my family have cat scratch fever and need surgery for it.
Do you know the history of this cat? Has it been to the vet? You may be dealing with more than an allergy.
Just my thoughts, but again, NOT a cat person.
Patty

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 8:47am
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could just be sensitive skin.
However wouldnt want close contact with cat for a prolonged period.
my son is allergic to cats, and if a stray hair landed on his skin, a hive would raise up beneath it, lifting the hair.
he did the same to dogs, only more so.
dogs are our worry, cats are at the mo a small allergy.
its a shame i hate cats , but love dogs isnt it?!!!
sarah

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 12:07pm
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Pitterpat... {picture a devilish grin}....I don't trust people who don't like cats! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
Seriously, Stephi, I would get your dd tested for cat allergy.
My ds (who will be 4 next month) had a lot of respiratory issues last winter. We began to wonder about allergies. At his 2 year check up for his PA I mentioned to the allergist the respiratory issues, so he decided to run an environmental panel (cat, dog, mold, mildew, oak, maple, grasses, etc).
The call came from the DR...not he nurse. His tree numbers were THROUGH THE ROOF. Dr. said he had never seen such high numbers in such a young child. If he had to wager a bet, it would be that DS WILL develop asthma, and probably soon. It is b/c of this that the cat is an issue. He does not get itchy eyes, runny nose, there seem to be no issues at all with him being in the same home as the cat.
[This message has been edited by 3xy1PAinNH (edited November 07, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 2:18am
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somebody refresh my memory, but do hives have anything to do with [i]cat scratch[/i] fever? the antigen antibody response?
Absolutely no advice other than ask your pediatrician. Let him/her know what is going on.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 2:21am
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Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 2:42am
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Could just be a local skin response to being scratched. I do that-- whether it's cat claws, dog toenails, or a scrape against my kitchen cabinet doors. Hives right up about 2-3 mm on both sides of the abrasion.
Be sure you wash the heck out of those scratches, though. Kitties and broken skin [i]do not go well together.[/i]

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 3:31am
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I get that where the dog nails get me on my good. I don't think you need to worry. Cat allergy is rash, sneezing, watery eyes etc. I don't know anything about cat stratch fever though.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 3:33am
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Meant to say on my foot. My 8 year old started talking to me when I was typing. Like my husband always say can't talk, walk and chew gum at the same time!:-)

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 3:45am
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Has your dd been tested for a cat allergy?
My ds was tested this summer and is allergic to cats. We have a 16 yo cat on his last leg...so we have been advised to NOT get rid of this cat, but NOT get a new one.
I was SHOCKED to find out my ds was allergic. He has no runny nose, eczema, sneezing, etc you would associate with cat allergy.
HOWEVER...starting this summer (just before he was diagnosed)...if he holds the cat closely for 15 minutes (say sitting in his playroom, or while on the couch) he will break out in a couple of hives. The last couple of times he has been scratched, he developed hives NEXT TO the scratch. I have a photo of it if you want to see.
I thought it was mystery hives for a while...but now it has happened enough I am sure it is his cat allergy.
So sorry....

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 4:28am
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Ds has dermographia (sp?). Hives from scratches or just about any skin irritant, for him, its just super sensitive skin. Allergist tested by just scratching his arm with a toothpick (clean of course), sure enough he got a couple of hives.
I'm not saying this is what is happening in your situation, but it's something to ask dr. abou.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 4:28am
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Well, I called the cat food company. The product doesn't have any of her allergens, and none of their products contain peanut.
3xy1PAinNH- if your ds has no symptoms, is the allergy an actual problem? Is there something else to be worried about? Could exposure to a cat, even without any obvious symptoms, be affecting your ds' health negatively?
I'm so reluctant to call the allergist. We were just there this week and got an EA dx. I was so happy that dd was playing and not running away screaming from an animal. My other kids love the kitty too. We actually brought it to school today for Sharing Day.
It seems like I'm always having to tell my oldest nonPA dd that we can't do this, we can't go there, we can't eat that because of little dd's PA. Honestly, if I was in her shoes I don't know if I would've been that concerned about my siblings!! Guess good fruit can come from a bad tree [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 4:30am
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I, too used to always get swelling down each side of a cat scratch, itched like crazy, too. I grew up with cats knowing that if I were around them too much, or if I rubbed my eyes before washing my hands, then I would be itchy, sneezy. I would consider my past experiences as 'allergic to cats' . I'm the same way with rabbits. But hives alone? I don't know. Maybe your DD has that sort of skin which reacts to a scratch from all sorts of things...hard to say.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 5:04am
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Our family gets the same thing here. We just wash the scratch site immediately with soap and water, and it helps a lot.
Hope it's not more serious for your DD.

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 7:05am
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Cat scratches always welt up and itch/burn. It's because they're evil little beasties. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
(Seriously, I'm horrifically allergic and welt up *AND* break out in body-wide hives. Hubby is mildly allergic and welts up. FiL isn't allergic at all and welts up).
ygg

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 7:07am
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I'm highly allergic to cats and always get hives/swelling from scratches. Just rubbing my wrist on a cat hair (that was on my mouse pad) gave me hives.
Cathy

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 8:44am
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Disclaimer - I hate cats. I am very allergic to them. I have had 2 people in my family have cat scratch fever and need surgery for it.
Do you know the history of this cat? Has it been to the vet? You may be dealing with more than an allergy.
Just my thoughts, but again, NOT a cat person.
Patty

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 8:47am
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could just be sensitive skin.
However wouldnt want close contact with cat for a prolonged period.
my son is allergic to cats, and if a stray hair landed on his skin, a hive would raise up beneath it, lifting the hair.
he did the same to dogs, only more so.
dogs are our worry, cats are at the mo a small allergy.
its a shame i hate cats , but love dogs isnt it?!!!
sarah

Posted on: Tue, 11/07/2006 - 12:07pm
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Pitterpat... {picture a devilish grin}....I don't trust people who don't like cats! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
Seriously, Stephi, I would get your dd tested for cat allergy.
My ds (who will be 4 next month) had a lot of respiratory issues last winter. We began to wonder about allergies. At his 2 year check up for his PA I mentioned to the allergist the respiratory issues, so he decided to run an environmental panel (cat, dog, mold, mildew, oak, maple, grasses, etc).
The call came from the DR...not he nurse. His tree numbers were THROUGH THE ROOF. Dr. said he had never seen such high numbers in such a young child. If he had to wager a bet, it would be that DS WILL develop asthma, and probably soon. It is b/c of this that the cat is an issue. He does not get itchy eyes, runny nose, there seem to be no issues at all with him being in the same home as the cat.
[This message has been edited by 3xy1PAinNH (edited November 07, 2006).]

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