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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-26-2005, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cats and Allergies

Hey ppl

I would like to ask you something, it might seem a little strange though...

Is it possible for someone who had lived with cats in the past, for a long time (lets say about 8 years), without any allergic symptoms, to develop an allergic reaction to cats after he has no longer contact with them?

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I think it might be possible, but I don't know how probable. I'm not really very informed about allergies (mostly because they tend to not bother me at all!) so I guess I'm not much help.

I'm sure you could give an allergy doctor a call and ask them a quick question about it.

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Yes, it is, but my understanding of the terminology and the processes involved is too limited to explain. It involves desensitization and the inverse process. If you understand allergy shots, you know what's going on.
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Allergies are the result of a hypersensitive immune system. From my understanding, people can develop allergies to anything they've been exposed to over an extended period of time. I NEVER had allergies until I about 5 years ago. Now I take allergy meds quite often due to environmental and seasonal allergies. With something you are exposed to over a long length of time, your body just decides, "Hmm...nope, don't like that any more." The allergic immune system "misidentifies" an otherwise harmless substance as harmful, and then attacks the substance with more force than really necessary. Most allergies are something that people develop over the course of their lives.
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With something you are exposed to over a long length of time, your body just decides, "Hmm...nope, don't like that any more."
Thank you!! I think that's what I was trying to say.

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With something you are exposed to over a long length of time, your body just decides, "Hmm...nope, don't like that any more."
Thank you!! I think that's what I was trying to say.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-26-2005, 07:24 PM
 
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Exactly what Lolakitty said. What probably has actually happened is that the cats were just starting to cause the immune system to revolt when he lost contact with the cats. So he just didn't notice them.
The other thing is some people with cat allergies have noticed that certain cats affect them more than others. Or indoor cats are worse, or even just how clean the homeowner is.

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I think different cats carry different types of dander. You can be allergic to some dander but not others which is why being with cats for 8 years might not affect you but if you throw a new one in the bunch it could.
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I think different cats carry different types of dander. You can be allergic to some dander but not others which is why being with cats for 8 years might not affect you but if you throw a new one in the bunch it could.
Just getting technical here so feel free to ignore me.
People are not allergic to dander, they are allergic to FEL-d1. It's a protein secreted by the cat's sebaceous glands and salivary glands.
Different cats do produce different levels of FEL-d1

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Yeah I knew it had something to do with their saliva too.
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