Question by Victoria Ann: if you are not allergic to a cat will it still affect asthma?
my toddler supposibly has asthma and it seems like every month we are taking him to the doctor for the wheezing, running nose,, congestion stuff, i have a cat but he dont sneeze or have running eyes or any signs that he is allergic to the cat.. i am havin a allergy test done on him in a couple weeks, but the cat has been with him since he was born and these reoccurences have started about 6 months ago and hes 17 months old.. i was just wondering if he aint allergic to the cat, will it still affect his asthma?
Answer by margy
animals have been shown to reduce allergies / asthma in some studies I believe ( as a society we are too clean and the kids immune system is not getting exposed to as much as it should to develop)
my son had some mild asthma (always triggered by a cold)and he would typically need a puffer / and a few days at home / one time he needed a nebuliser in ED
he is 10 now but this started to reduce at age 8 and he has not had any problems for over a year (growing bigger and airways bigger) – so he had grown out of it
we saw a specialist twice who reassured us frequent sniffles and colds (I think he said about a dozen a year is average) is normal for a child
– this caused endless disagreements with the mother in law, who said silly stuff and worried endlessly we were doing something wrong
personally I like a product called GOJI – I find this helps me stay well as I am a night shift worker – this could be worth a try (it is expensive though) (I use the himalayan brand and get it cheaper off ebay) – GOJI is supposed to help the immune system fight off viruses etc
we have 2 cats whom we got a few months ago, and my son cuddles them both and does not have any problems at all
I hope all is well and you decide you can keep the cat (if not PLEASE rehome to a loving family and nor dump or discard the cat)
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