By Elisa Black-Taylor
There have been several recent scientific studies involving asthma sufferers, cat allergies and the risk of allergies to children born by C-section. Here are a few developments that may be of interest to those of you allergic to cats, especially if you have asthma.
A new study at the New Jersey Medical School has shown an increase in the number of asthma sufferers who are also allergic to cats. In the past 20 years, the likelihood of those who suffer from asthma and also are allergic to cats has doubled. Asthma sufferers are also a third more likely than someone without the condition to be allergic to cats, with 60-85% having at least one allergy. Those with asthma are 30% more likely to have allergies than those without.
Dr. Leonard Bielory, leading author of the study says an allergy can strike a person at any age. An allergy can also go away, only to return years later. I can confirm this, as I was severely allergic to cats back in the early 1980’s. I had cats at the time and treated the symptoms. My allergies mysteriously went away when my daughter Laura was born. It’s very rare now for me to suffer an allergy attack.
My daughter Laura is allergic to any new cat she comes in contact with, and the symptoms last for around three days. Then they disappear. We both decided it was easier to treat the symptoms than to live a life without cats.
Dr. James Sublett with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology believes the New Jersey study will help understand trends and will lead to improved diagnosis and treatment.
Researchers at the University of California found that living with dogs will protect against the development of asthma in children. It was found in dust in the home where dogs are present guard against respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, which is common in infants. Perhaps dog danger has some type of organism to prevent RSV. The virus may lead to asthma in an older child.
What I found most interesting comes from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where studies show children born by C-section are five times more likely to develop allergies than children born naturally. Scientists believe the mother’s bacteria present in the birth canal can help an infant develop immunity to asthma and allergies.
The November 2013 timing on the release of this information couldn’t have been better. With families getting together for the holidays, many people will likely spend time in a home with at least one cat. Those with asthma should be warned an allergy could develop at any time, even if that person hasn’t been allergic to cats in the past.
In other words, be sure to pack both asthma AND allergy medication when you visit family-just in case.
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