Reaction to dogs?

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My son scored a 2 on the skin test for dog dander, but a 4 on cat dander and cat pelt. Which of course we have both a dog and a cat, but have now made them outside animals. Last weekend we went to visit a friend who just bought a new puppy (has another dog and two cats)and within a few minutes my son started breaking out in hives on his face and hands, where the dog probably had licked him, but has never had a reaction before, has anyone else had reactions to different dogs? That only scored a 2 on the skin test? Do you think maybe he is getting worst? He was tested last May??? Thanks Donna

On Nov 19, 2003

My DD just tested 3 to both cat and dog. We have two cats and unfortunately can't make them outside animals. My daughter has had no visual reactions to either type animal and no asthma (knock on wood). The only dogs she has been exposed to are in relatives homes. I struggle on what to do with both cats. We take all precautions we can, such as keeping the animals out of our childrens' rooms, vacuum every day and run a hepa filter. I have read stories on the board where the children seem to be ok with the animals in their home, but when they visit other homes with animals, the reactions are much worse. (Our DD does not show sign in other homes either.) Does that possibly suggest the children become "tolerant" or have some "immunity" to their own animals? This is a tough issue, and testing is not an exact science. Gee, I don't know that I helped, but wanted to tell you that I am in a similar situation. Could it be the dog food that the dog eats? There are plenty of pb things in dog treats and some dog foods. Maybe that licking your childs face after eating food that had allergens that affect your child.

On Nov 19, 2003

Thanks for your reply, I hadn't thought to check the food, if she has him on a puppy food w/ peanuts in it that would explain why he hasn't had a reaction before like that? Thanks I well check with my friend.

On Nov 19, 2003

My son tested mildly allergic to dogs (1 or 2, don't remember) and has the same type of reactions as your son to only dog licks (saliva). The last time this happened at my sister's house I checked the dog's food, and it contained nothing my son is allergic to. The allergist says to keep him away from dogs, so we do.

During his last reaction, his eye swelled shut, and he had hives all over one side of his face. He also became very congested. It was pretty scary and took an entire day to clear up after repeated doses of benadryl.

I have read that most people with dog allergies are allergic to their dander, but some are allergic to the saliva.

On Nov 20, 2003

I have never heard of a saliva allergy, that is interesting. We have a old dog that isn't really a licky dog, but I'm sure Trevin has probably been licked by her, but I am not real sure about that?? I well make sure to keep him away from now on. Thanks for you reply. Donna

On Nov 20, 2003

I grew up with Dogs, and I currently have a Yorkie. The only time I have an allergy is when the dog licks or (Playfully) bites me. If I do not wash the salvia off right away I will break out into hives/rash. I have changed foods hundreds of times and I always get the same reaction from the salvia. I do not seem to be allergic to the hair or dander, just salvia.(i.e. I do not have nasal or sinus symptoms) Hope this helps. Oh yes.... I tested negative to dogs.(tested 1 yr ago)

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On Nov 22, 2003

I grew up with dogs and didn't seem to have a problem. Once I went away to college and would come home for breaks, I would have an awful time the first few days that I was home. After that my allergies would settle down. I really didn't think I was allergic at the time but later, after learning more about allergies, it became crystal clear.

As an adult, I have become allergic not only to dander but also a dog's saliva. If a dog licks or rubs his nose on me I have to quickly wash and even then I will get hives.

When I was pregnant with my PA son, I was working as a job trainer for deaf adults and was training a woman at an animal hospital. I had the worst reactions while I was there and became fully aware that I was allergic to dogs. The stupid thing is that I continued on there and just dealt with the sneezing and wheezing. Of course, I wonder if that may have affected him and caused his allergies. I guess we'll never know. Sigh.

On Nov 22, 2003

We haven't had my PA dd tested yet (only 2 1/2) for dogs. But she has had a reaction after my sister's dog licked her on her face, which he had done dozens of times before. But this time, she had hives immediately where he licked on her face and hands and she started sneezing and rubbing her eyes. Benedryl cleared it up right away thankfully. So we think it must have been his food - probably treat since his food is Eukanuba which is peanut free. His treat was MIlkbone but my sister didn't have the box any more (no thanks to tupperware). But we noticed that Milkbone does have a variety pack, including PB, so that must have been the contaminating factor. I'd also suggest calling the food manufacturer since pet food labeling is even more inconsistent and untrustworthy.

Good Luck!

On Dec 12, 2003

My son, who is not allergic to dogs, has had a couple reactions after being in the house of dog owners. We have blamed it on the fact that they both had those red cone dog toys that the owners put peanut butter in and let the dog play/lick it. Might want to keep your eye out for these kinds of dog toys when visiting people with indoor dogs.

On Dec 12, 2003

Our son is allergic to dog saliva, and it has nothing to do with their diet or breed. Our allergists did not seem to think this was strange at all, they said it was quite common.

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