View Full Version : "cat" allergies..

04-23-2008, 10:56 AM
We ourselves do not have cats.. but I have one good friend that does and a family member that does... and both are really really clean people..

But after my son being hospitalized after going to my family members the last time they have 2 cats and woodstove... the dr told me the only way to element the affects of the woodstove to see if its the cats is to take him some where were its only cats no woodstove

So today I ventured to my good friends got there at 10 after 9 and bye 1/4 to 10 My son was weezing, and also started to get hives... SO right away we went outside.. gave him his puffers so his asthma did not kick in full fledge and come home right away and gave him the benydryl(sp) for hives..

SO my ? is other then to avoid going to these peoples places what can I do to stop this from happing prior to going? is there Anything I can do to get my son ammune to them?

IM lost.. Now the family member has offered to get rid of there cats.. but that is not fair to them as we dont live there.. but I dont know what to do to prevent it..

04-23-2008, 11:04 AM
Have you tried allergy pills?
If I know I'm going to a house with Cats, I usaully take one before I leave.
Or if I dont.. I get the same symptoms that your son does.. wheezing, sore throat, itchy, hives, eyes tingle and itch..
I take Reactine... It usually kicks in about, 10 mins.
So if he took it before he left to go to these houses, it would be kicked in by the time he got there..

04-23-2008, 11:09 AM
Talk to your Dr about trying some allergy pills. They do help some people. May help some if they vacumed before your son visited. I have 2 family members that are allergic to cats but nothing has helped them. They avoid homes with cats.

Chaotic Chick
04-23-2008, 11:14 AM
I am not sure that there is anything that you can do to get him immune to the cat allergies (or any others). I have a son who has allergies and we tried something similar; took him in an environment with his allergen and he wound up needing his inhaler, and I even took him to the doctor, I was so worried. With animal allergies, even if the family members were to put the cats away when you visit, the kitty hair (no matter HOW clean a house is) will be in the air, on the floors, etc. /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

My youngest sister has severe allergies (that chick can't even leave the house without an asthma attack or a huge attack of hives!) My mom kept her away from literally everything she was allergic to, bought her a special mattress, pillows, etc. She took our stuffed animals away because they may have been causing her allergies even. My sister was very sheltered, and now her allergies are worse. If someone visits her and has been in contact with a cat, dog, a GOAT for God's sake, my sister has an allergy attack!

So, I don't think it really matters. Either way, there is usually nothing we can do. Exposed or not, allergies can get worse. Every time I am in contact with latex, my allergy gets worse. I can't even be in a room filled with balloons anymore lol.

04-25-2008, 12:12 PM
I have a multi cat household and I am allergic to cats. My DR. prescribed me beclomethason for my post nasal drip. I take 2 shots in each nostril 2x a day and so far so good. I also take allergy pills. The ones over the counter, you can becom immune to. I am going to see the Allergy specialist in May for further testing and meds. I also keep a very clean household and most of my persians/himalayans are shaved.
Do they have an air purifier that they can use at home?

04-26-2008, 01:11 PM
I am in a multi-cat household as well, and am extremely allergic. I used to have asthma issues, and daily allergy medications. It took a long time (years) but I no longer have any symptoms of allergies. It may just be that I grew out of them, or it could be an immunity to them.

I would recommend an allergy specialist... get the testing done so you know for sure what causes them. It is easier to learn that way then to guess what it "may" be.

04-26-2008, 06:18 PM
OH I know for sure its cats now... as for allergist... they are not as great as they say they are.. I have a daughter who is allergic to multiple things.. took her in for allergy test.. everything showed negatives.. but he (dr mase) strait out told me do not rule it out.. cause the scratch or pok test is nothing like digesting something.... and sure as [censored] after she failed the tests he did with her.. come home tryed some of the stuff again.. bam SHES covered in hives..

as for the cat thing.. I know for sure its cats with him.. hes fine other wise... two different people two seperate houses across town... Same effects.. worse last time.. when I posted this

04-26-2008, 09:56 PM
Try giving him something for his allergies before he goes to the person's house who has a cat. Also if they are willing to lock the cat up in a room and do a complete vaccumm of the house before you get there and see if that allows him to visit the home. I have allergies to cats as well however i grew up with them and also had one up till a few years ago. After a while you just get used to it. I know that as long as a cat does not come too close to my face and once i pet the cat i wash my hands then I am ok.