Can exposure to allergens CAUSE asthma?

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 10:19pm
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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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Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 10:34pm
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Sara M., I know from my children's asthma that environmental allergies can be an asthma trigger.
Not sure if that helps or not.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 10:36pm
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I think allergies and asthma are related. I'm allergic to cats. But I've never had an asthma attack. At least not yet thank God. My mother has had asthma for most of her life. Both of us have migrains too. There's probably a gene or genes responsible for these problems. And yes I believe that exposure to allergens can cause or trigger asthma.
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Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 12:39am
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Personally, I think the answer is absolutely YES.
Can she have them come to her instead?
One of my daughter's friends is cat allergic, and it started out like that for her too. But she is now pretty allergic. If she spends the afternoon at our house, she is fine (we have a cat, but also vacuum rigorously and have an electrostatic filter on our forced air and have mostly hardwood floors... plus the cat gets a bath when she comes over) but at anyone else's house, she has asthma trouble for DAYS afterwards.

Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 1:53am
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I have environmental allergies, and cat/dog.
DH has environmentl allergies, and cat, and asthma - triggered by env. allergies.
DS1, no alleries/asthma, healthy as can be.
DS2, dairy intolerance until age3,asthma from 3 months - age 2. No problems/allergies since.
DD, exzema, environmental, cat allergies at age 6, TNA age 8, PA age 18. NO asthma.
Given our extended family history, I'm waiting for someone to develop asthma, but nothing so far (touch wood!)
ETA DD loves cats, does NOT avoid, manages with antihistamines as necessary.
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Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 2:30pm
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Absolutely. Cat allergy is actually one of the biggies. Repeated exposure to cats (when one is allergic) frequently results in development of asthma, or so my allergists have all said.
I developed asthma after living in a home with a cat for a year when I was in college. The house did not have ductwork or carpets, the cat never came in my room, and I spent 10 hours a day or more out of the house, but I got asthma. Working in an office where folks wore too much danged perfume also contributed. I now have occupational asthma and allergic asthma. I had no forms of asthma whatsoever as a child.
ygg

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 10:34pm
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Sara M., I know from my children's asthma that environmental allergies can be an asthma trigger.
Not sure if that helps or not.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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"That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

Posted on: Wed, 03/01/2006 - 10:36pm
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I think allergies and asthma are related. I'm allergic to cats. But I've never had an asthma attack. At least not yet thank God. My mother has had asthma for most of her life. Both of us have migrains too. There's probably a gene or genes responsible for these problems. And yes I believe that exposure to allergens can cause or trigger asthma.
[This message has been edited by purefood (edited March 02, 2006).]
[This message has been edited by purefood (edited March 02, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 12:39am
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Personally, I think the answer is absolutely YES.
Can she have them come to her instead?
One of my daughter's friends is cat allergic, and it started out like that for her too. But she is now pretty allergic. If she spends the afternoon at our house, she is fine (we have a cat, but also vacuum rigorously and have an electrostatic filter on our forced air and have mostly hardwood floors... plus the cat gets a bath when she comes over) but at anyone else's house, she has asthma trouble for DAYS afterwards.

Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 1:53am
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I have environmental allergies, and cat/dog.
DH has environmentl allergies, and cat, and asthma - triggered by env. allergies.
DS1, no alleries/asthma, healthy as can be.
DS2, dairy intolerance until age3,asthma from 3 months - age 2. No problems/allergies since.
DD, exzema, environmental, cat allergies at age 6, TNA age 8, PA age 18. NO asthma.
Given our extended family history, I'm waiting for someone to develop asthma, but nothing so far (touch wood!)
ETA DD loves cats, does NOT avoid, manages with antihistamines as necessary.
[This message has been edited by lmw (edited March 02, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 2:30pm
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Absolutely. Cat allergy is actually one of the biggies. Repeated exposure to cats (when one is allergic) frequently results in development of asthma, or so my allergists have all said.
I developed asthma after living in a home with a cat for a year when I was in college. The house did not have ductwork or carpets, the cat never came in my room, and I spent 10 hours a day or more out of the house, but I got asthma. Working in an office where folks wore too much danged perfume also contributed. I now have occupational asthma and allergic asthma. I had no forms of asthma whatsoever as a child.
ygg

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