Hi, this is my first time on the allergy forum. We were recently thinking about adopting a cat, but then my dd said "Isn't ds allergic to cats?" I'd forgotten all about that. He has been to stay overnight at my MILs house several times, and most of the time he has come home and she has mentioned he'd had runny/red eyes. But I've never seen anything wrong with his eyes, and he never seems to have a problem when he is back at home. You have to bear in mind that my MIL totally thrives on illness, and my kids have come home with headaches, coughs and what not that don't seem to exist 5 minutes after she's gone. However, the eyes thing has been pretty consistent. We are assuming that he is allergic to my ILs cat.
I was just looking for a bit more info about pet allergies. If its not the cat what could it be? They don't smoke or anything. We had a stray cat come and live with us for about 6 months. He didn't seem to react to the cat at all then. But he wasn't in close contact with the cat. (It was a vicious thing that would take your hand off!) The cat did sleep on the top bunk in his bedroom during the day though. I was thinking my ILs house will be filled with cat allergens, as the cat has been there for years. We had the stray cat with us for a short time - maybe not long enough to build up tons of allergens?
We have two rabbits that he doesn't seem to react to, and my parents have had dogs since before he was born, and he seems fine with them too. I'm just a bit shocked that he is allergic to something. None of my family or kids have any allergies to anything. Is it a genetic thing? Can it be cured? I'm also wondering what we can do for him if he goes to stay at MILs again.
Sorry for all the questions. This is all very new to me!