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Let’s Talk About It: Pet Allergies “Dogs”

There are close to 50 million American’s that have some form of allergies1.  The various types of allergies include:

  • Drug (medicine)
  • Food
  • Insects that sting (bee, wasp, fire ant); bite (mosquito, tick); or are household pests (cockroach and dust mite)
  • Latex
  • Mold
  • Pet (dog or cat urine, saliva and dander)
  • Pollen

Over the past year, our  service has received various questions on each of the allergy types listed above. We are starting a new segment on our community called – “Let’s Talk About It”. This new segment will be focused on some of the most common Ask the Allergist questions and answers on any given topic. 

We are dedicating our first topic to Pet allergies focusing on “Dogs”. That’s, right, everything you wanted to know about dog allergy will be at your fingertips.

Test Your Knowledge 

What is a ?A pet allergy is caused by the development of an antibody to proteins in the skin, saliva and urine of pets.

What is dander?Dander is the dead skin cells that slough off an animal. Mixed with saliva and urine, this collects on an animal’s fur and can lead people to think they are allergic to the fur (or hair) of an animal.

How do I treat allergy to Pet Dander?A board-certified allergist can help find multiple treatments that can be used together, discuss avoidance strategies and allergen immunotherapy or allergy shots. Allergy shots can help build tolerance to allergic triggers such as animal dander and can reduce symptoms over time.

That's My Dog! 

Is there a better breed of dogs for people with pet allergies?While there is a great variability of dog breeds, no specific dog bread is non-allergenic. Typically, many view certain breeds to be less allergenic (such as Bichon Frise, Maltese, and Labradoodle) however, these dogs still have potential to cause allergy.

What should I do if I want to get a dog?Our board-certified allergist recommends that you schedule an evaluation by a board-certified allergist to determine if there is allergic sensitivity to dog, prior to getting a dog. He also recommends spending time with the animal if possible to determine if symptoms occur.

What should I do if I already have a dog and I develop dog allergy?Removing the pet from the home is often the best treatment. However, if you still want to keep your pet, there may be some strategies to reduce exposure. Read more on our  web article.

Do you have a dog allergy? How have you managed it? What challenges do you face?

Let’s talk about it!

[1] CDC, Gateway to Health Communication and Social Marketing Practice. Allergies.  (Retrieved February 16, 2018)

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  • K8sMom2002

    Thanks, Monica! I really like how you pointed out that no dog is "hypoallergenic." 

    I have pets, but they don't trigger my asthma or allergies, or my daughters. However, OTHER people's pets have triggered my daughter's allergies and asthma, especially if the dogs have been outdoors and have gathered grass and weed pollen. That's weird to me!

    Members like @Shea have really educated me on how serious pet dander allergy can be. I always make it a point to "de-dander" myself as much as possible before going out. And I always warn folks who I know have problems, "Hey, remember that I have pets. How can I make our visit easier on you?"

    I wouldn't have known to do this if it hadn't been for AAFA or members like Shea!

  • MonicaW6

    Thanks Cynthia for sharing your experience. It is possible to carry pet dander on your clothing.  Our board-certified allergist suggests, removing any clothing that may come in contact with pets.  I applaud you and @Shea for making sure you “de-dander” yourself before going out or around someone with a pet allergy.  We can all take small but thoughtful steps to create a safer space for those with pet allergies. 

  • Shea

    After my experiences, I definitely do not recommend putting anyone who is allergic to cats or dogs in a home with cats or dogs. 

    I had allergies from as early as I can remember, but they got eorse and worse and I blame a few things. First was living with pets I am allergic to.  No amount of cleaning or purifying or separating bedrooms helped– and the more I learned about the nature of dander later in life, the more I realized how ineffective these practices are at significantly reducing dander. 

    I also learned that dander carried on others now causes me significant reactions. I do not even allow other who own pets into my home anymore after reading studies showing cat dander carried in on others clothes into classrooms caused significantly more asthma reactions among children than classrooms with less cat owners: 

    And a study was also done, which showed "CONCLUSION: For the first time, it has been shown that levels of airborne cat allergen can be reduced by allergen avoidance measures at school by using school clothing or pet ownership ban, and that both measures are equally efficient. The clinical effect of these interventions remains to be evaluated."

    And some schools are taking a stand to help the large amount of children with asthma and allergies. I love this document from the Minnesota Department of Health to reduce Asthma and Allergy Triggers (like pet dander) in school classrooms:

     

     

    You see, I used to not take allergies that seriously until I became so ill in my 20s and developed a chronic allergic disease called Churg-Strauss Syndrome. The major event that led to my diagnosis (confirmed by heart biopsy) was a heart attack caused by allergic blood cells known as eosinophils surrounding my heart and choking it. The circumstances just prior to the heart attack was me living in a home with cats and dogs, taking singulair to control symptoms, then a year later becoming asthmatic for the first time, and my boyfriend who I was living with would not find a home for the pets even after the doctor finally said, don't live with these pets anymore if you think they are triggering you. I moved out, but he brought clothing full of dander to my parents house where I was staying despite me telling him not to. I put all the clothes out to the laundry room immediately, but by that time I could barely breathe. I thought I just needed a breathing treatment, and I asked my dad to take me to the ER because I couldn't breathe. There I found out I had the heart attack. After that any time I was around a person who owned pets, I was having asthma attacks. I didnt know, no one told me… that this could happen to a person… It took me a while to figure out what was going on… I never knew that allergies can turn into asthma, that chronically exposing yourself to allergens can turn chronic and severe. I didn't kniw that doctors dont always notice and tell you that you have high eosinophils (was missed by my women's doctors and my internal medicine primary care doctor who never referred me to an allergist or pulmonologist and basically just prescribed prednisone tapers and inhalers while I became worse and worse). The boyfriend was the the father of my son too and I was pregnant for the asthma attacks and just gave birth a few months prior to the heart attack. My son suffered with me when he was in my womb and I was having these severe asthma attacks, and he know has severe dander allergies. The social situation was such that I did not have people taking me seriously and finding a home for the pets even after watching me deteriorate, even after the doctor said OK avoudance isnt working. I had no protection or support. Instead, my son and I's well-being were put below a pet (because oh it is a persons dog… My parents eventually found a home fir their family dog which helped some but was after the heart attack–and even that took time and upset familt members–after I had an immunologust and heart doctors and letters ststing my severe immune disease snd the need to avoid allergens including that carried on others clothing and belonging.). Emotionally I am still recovering. Physically I have permanent damage to my heart and a chronic lifelong disease. And my son has severe cat and dog dander allergies. 

    But I live in a pet-free home now. I advocated for mtself. I found help and the right doctirs. I found this exellent support group here at aafa. My son has great doctors and a parenting plan that incorporates his allergy action plan. His allergy action plan includes avoidance of homes where pets reside, as does mine. And we keep our home a safe space and take extra precautions to keep it free from triggers. 

    I just hope others dont have to suffer like I did or make anyone else suffer and develop diseases–even if they arent as severe as a heart attack or CSS–developing asthma because you wanted a pet–I know people who have done that…. Dont do that. Dont make your kid do that. It is not worth it to live with a pet you are allergic to.. That is not live, that is not logic, that is not kindness, that is not family. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, you've had such hard struggles, but what I love is your compassion and your passion! You truly want to help people, and you will share your own story — including the painful bits — to help people see where you're coming from. 

  • Shea

    Thanks Cynthia. I always think back to how could have I been helped. I think if me back then would see a post like mine now, I could have been helped. And I think if a doctor sees this now, they can help people. I have read that allergists dont like to tell people to find homes for the pets they are allergic to because they lose patients that way. I have heard people ask their vets and the vets tell them these ways to lower dander that DONT WORK. I have heard people tell ME NOW that I wont be allergic to their hypoallergenic dog. And right after I had the heart attack I even believed them and got real sick once from petting a labradoodle. The ignorance, bad advice, and fear/avoidance of the issue stings me now… People are literally villainized and made fun of for trying to find homes for their pets when they are allergic. It is sick. And I really want more education and outreach in this area. Right now–I cant fly because to the airline a right to htravel on an airplane eith a pet trumps being able to breathe on a flight. Others cant visit lived ones in nursing homes because nursing homes are becoming infiltrated with "therapy dogs" and no rights for those with allergies, allergic asthma, or more severe diseases like mine. Pets are in the hospitals now. In the hurricane shelters. In stores. And guess what is on the rise: asthma, allergies, immune disease. I grew up beingg told to belittle allergues, to suffer through them, to medicate… That my health us not as important as a person having a pet. It took me having a son to see that I am worth more than a pet and thst my health matters snd that I am strong snd can luve a good life, I just have to change the way I am living and make a safe place for myself and my don. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. And I do it every day. 

  • K8sMom2002
    Shea posted:

    I just have to change the way I am living and make a safe place for myself and my don. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. And I do it every day. 

    You definitely DO make a safe place for you and your son! You've had to make tough decisions with less than optimal choices available to you … but you've hung in there and done it. You are an inspiration and a definite model that one size doesn't fit all. 

  • Shea

    Yes, I dont want people to think that I am just one rare case… Because the studies are coming out and asthma and allergies are on the rise, and I have found and heard so many stories of people with severe allergies and asthma being stuck in difficult situations. 

    There is my stubbirn older brother, he "loves" his cat. He is allergic. He takes every antihistamine, he developed asthma as an adult after living with the cat, he gets bronchitis all the time… He hasnt learned a thing from my story. Then my other brothers girlfriend has 3 dogs… I can tell when he has been at her house, swollen eyes, skin all breaking out. Whatever. People will do what they do. But I did not get a warning. I didnt have a doctor refer me to an allergist. And not all allergists are goung to say "dont live with what you are allergic to" right off the bat. They might say "do a test period". Well I did, singulair worked for me for a year then stopped. You might not have symptons in 15 minutes of playing with the dog at the store. Allergies can take time ti develop and often increase in severity. You cannot add and drop a dog or cat very easily and test periods are often not enough to know. It starts off with a sniffle or stuffy nose. Then it is your skin. Then your wheezing or maybe not… maybe all the antihistamines or allergy meds work for a bit then lose effectiveness. Singulair us being correlated with my disease, churg-strauss syndrome– previously very rare disease now more common and correlated with singulair use. No one will tell ya that when you start singulair.

    If you are testing positive on skin tests and having reactions when not on antihistamines–you shouldnt get that pet. No… It doesnt matter if you keep it off your bed–the dander gets everywhere. And if you make the decision you want to suffer for love, or whatever… Make it for yourself not for your kids, not for your boyfriend or girlfriend or husband or wife. And if you are suffering for your family, just know that you are worth more than a pet. It sounds silly, but it took my infant son's eyes for me to realize my importance. I am so happy that I advocated for him and do not force him to go to relatives homes on holidays and suffer while everyone else enjoys themselves. I am so happy that he probably wont get asthma. I am so happy that I am alive to raise him and be with him. I am happy to know my triggers. I am happy to have doctors who help me explain my disease to others and to have places that are starting to see the truth of the matter and protect people's health. We dont all need to end up with heart attack and on nebulizers and disabled… If we start listening to sneezes.

  • K8sMom2002

    Adding an update to this thread for those of you who may be following … 

    AAFA has posted easy-to-follow instructions on how we can register our comments with the US Department of Transportation about how !

    Have you commented yet?? Comment period ends July 9!

  • Shea

    Thanks K8Smom for the info, I commented! I suggested they have a nice animal holding area below, and animals are kept in carriers there. And just put in how important it us for those with allergic asthma and allergic diseases to be able to travel safely without being exposed to large amounts of dander. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    K8SMOM2002 , I entered my comments as well

    What challenge do I face with dog allergies? My challenge was do I continue working for a company that allows dogs in the workplace or leave a job I had for 32 years to save my life? My choice was I quit to save my life. 

  • Shea

    You made the right choice Marie! 32 years though, wow. I had to make a dimilar chpice snd leave tge hone that I shared with the father of my son (now-ex-boyfriend). It dies not feel good when people put a desire for a pet over your life. 

    Melissa is right you never should have had to make that choice. Hopefully surveys/ comments like this one will help bring awareness to others. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Marie, hugs on that choice — it was really no choice at all. I do believe that sharing comments like this can make a huge impact … so I'm always urging folks to be speak up!

  • Lynda26841
    Shea posted:

    After my experiences, I definitely do not recommend putting anyone who is allergic to cats or dogs in a home with cats or dogs. 

    I had allergies from as early as I can remember, but they got eorse and worse and I blame a few things. First was living with pets I am allergic to.  No amount of cleaning or purifying or separating bedrooms helped– and the more I learned about the nature of dander later in life, the more I realized how ineffective these practices are at significantly reducing dander. 

    I also learned that dander carried on others now causes me significant reactions. I do not even allow other who own pets into my home anymore after reading studies showing cat dander carried in on others clothes into classrooms caused significantly more asthma reactions among children than classrooms with less cat owners: 

    And a study was also done, which showed "CONCLUSION: For the first time, it has been shown that levels of airborne cat allergen can be reduced by allergen avoidance measures at school by using school clothing or pet ownership ban, and that both measures are equally efficient. The clinical effect of these interventions remains to be evaluated."

    And some schools are taking a stand to help the large amount of children with asthma and allergies. I love this document from the Minnesota Department of Health to reduce Asthma and Allergy Triggers (like pet dander) in school classrooms:

     

     

    You see, I used to not take allergies that seriously until I became so ill in my 20s and developed a chronic allergic disease called Churg-Strauss Syndrome. The major event that led to my diagnosis (confirmed by heart biopsy) was a heart attack caused by allergic blood cells known as eosinophils surrounding my heart and choking it. The circumstances just prior to the heart attack was me living in a home with cats and dogs, taking singulair to control symptoms, then a year later becoming asthmatic for the first time, and my boyfriend who I was living with would not find a home for the pets even after the doctor finally said, don't live with these pets anymore if you think they are triggering you. I moved out, but he brought clothing full of dander to my parents house where I was staying despite me telling him not to. I put all the clothes out to the laundry room immediately, but by that time I could barely breathe. I thought I just needed a breathing treatment, and I asked my dad to take me to the ER because I couldn't breathe. There I found out I had the heart attack. After that any time I was around a person who owned pets, I was having asthma attacks. I didnt know, no one told me… that this could happen to a person… It took me a while to figure out what was going on… I never knew that allergies can turn into asthma, that chronically exposing yourself to allergens can turn chronic and severe. I didn't kniw that doctors dont always notice and tell you that you have high eosinophils (was missed by my women's doctors and my internal medicine primary care doctor who never referred me to an allergist or pulmonologist and basically just prescribed prednisone tapers and inhalers while I became worse and worse). The boyfriend was the the father of my son too and I was pregnant for the asthma attacks and just gave birth a few months prior to the heart attack. My son suffered with me when he was in my womb and I was having these severe asthma attacks, and he know has severe dander allergies. The social situation was such that I did not have people taking me seriously and finding a home for the pets even after watching me deteriorate, even after the doctor said OK avoudance isnt working. I had no protection or support. Instead, my son and I's well-being were put below a pet (because oh it is a persons dog… My parents eventually found a home fir their family dog which helped some but was after the heart attack–and even that took time and upset familt members–after I had an immunologust and heart doctors and letters ststing my severe immune disease snd the need to avoid allergens including that carried on others clothing and belonging.). Emotionally I am still recovering. Physically I have permanent damage to my heart and a chronic lifelong disease. And my son has severe cat and dog dander allergies. 

    But I live in a pet-free home now. I advocated for mtself. I found help and the right doctirs. I found this exellent support group here at aafa. My son has great doctors and a parenting plan that incorporates his allergy action plan. His allergy action plan includes avoidance of homes where pets reside, as does mine. And we keep our home a safe space and take extra precautions to keep it free from triggers. 

    I just hope others dont have to suffer like I did or make anyone else suffer and develop diseases–even if they arent as severe as a heart attack or CSS–developing asthma because you wanted a pet–I know people who have done that…. Dont do that. Dont make your kid do that. It is not worth it to live with a pet you are allergic to.. That is not live, that is not logic, that is not kindness, that is not family. 

    Shea,

    Part of what you wrote is the reason I signed up for this group this morning. I have two cats and am allergic. I have been around animals my whole life despite being allergic to almost all of them. My antihistamine had been working until lately. About 6 months ago I was having reoccurring sinus infections and ear infections. I relocated to vermont due to domestic violence, with my two children a little over two years ago, so health Care here has been horrible, there's little to no doctors. I asked my doctor if my allergy to cats could be causing these chronic sinus infections. She told me to get rid of them. I tried, and like you said people make you feel so bad for it. I posted online about them needing a new home but nothing. The local humane society charges $70 an animal for you to surrender them and that's not do able for me right now. I had blood work done at my check up and it was strange, my esinophils said they were high so of course I google and tell my mom. Side note I never believe doctors because i have other health issues and they lie to me a lot. Well my mom was like it could be from Asthma. I shrugged it off because I wasn't having any symptoms. My doctors called saying everything was normal on my blood work but I of course know its not because I always check the labs. For the last two Weeks I have been having what seems like back to back asthma attacks. My neck and chin get itchy and i wheeze and cough up phlegm. Feel like I can't breath. I had asthma when I was younger so I kinda know a little. I have a rescue inhaler because my doctor gives them to me when i get sick. So at first it was working but now its like its barely helping and its worrying me. I hate going to the doctor because they never listen to me and act like I know nothing. I told her my toes were turning purple lately and she said oh that's circulation, without even looking at them and did nothing else. Its so frustrating. I just don't know what to do other then continue to suffer. 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Lynda6841 posted:
    Shea,

    Part of what you wrote is the reason I signed up for this group this morning. I have two cats and am allergic. I have been around animals my whole life despite being allergic to almost all of them. My antihistamine had been working until lately. About 6 months ago I was having reoccurring sinus infections and ear infections. I relocated to vermont due to domestic violence, with my two children a little over two years ago, so health Care here has been horrible, there's little to no doctors. I asked my doctor if my allergy to cats could be causing these chronic sinus infections. She told me to get rid of them. I tried, and like you said people make you feel so bad for it. I posted online about them needing a new home but nothing. The local humane society charges $70 an animal for you to surrender them and that's not do able for me right now. I had blood work done at my check up and it was strange, my esinophils said they were high so of course I google and tell my mom. Side note I never believe doctors because i have other health issues and they lie to me a lot. Well my mom was like it could be from Asthma. I shrugged it off because I wasn't having any symptoms. My doctors called saying everything was normal on my blood work but I of course know its not because I always check the labs. For the last two Weeks I have been having what seems like back to back asthma attacks. My neck and chin get itchy and i wheeze and cough up phlegm. Feel like I can't breath. I had asthma when I was younger so I kinda know a little. I have a rescue inhaler because my doctor gives them to me when i get sick. So at first it was working but now its like its barely helping and its worrying me. I hate going to the doctor because they never listen to me and act like I know nothing. I told her my toes were turning purple lately and she said oh that's circulation, without even looking at them and did nothing else. Its so frustrating. I just don't know what to do other then continue to suffer. 

    Lynda,    Here are a couple of resources that I thought might help you:

    • American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's
    • AAFA's

    Is it possible for you to take the cats to a different humane society in Vermont? I checked to see if other societies have fee requirements and the one in Rutland

    If you are not a Rutland resident, perhaps you could call and explain the situation?  They might be willing to take them for free?

     will accept animals from outside their service area (on an available space basis) and does ask for donations, but doesn't require paying a fee for surrendering an animal.

    I'm so glad you joined our community. You're not alone!!

  • Shea

    @Lynda26841

    I am so sorry you are going through this health problem… And it does sound serious. I am sorry for the other difficulties eith donestic violence and needing to move– I know that is so hard!

    The best advice I can give is to get referral to an allergist and get tested for allergy to your cats. If you know you are allergic to them and a test is too much, inform your primary care doctor of your situation, get a written dictors note that you can use to help you advocate for your next steps (reaching out to family, friends, and the community). First, try to get someone you know to take the cats temporarily ASAP due to health crisis. You can also reach out to SPCA say you have become deathly allergic cannot keep the pets in your home show them the doctors note and say you cannot afford the amount but you cannot have them in your home.  It is serious– blue toes very serious!  Id say as last resort call animal control sevices as an option and tell them they are strays and you havent found the owner and you are allergic… You just cannot die of asthma because you are too broke to pay spca fees so someone in your family needs to either pay or one of these services needs to help out! And ASAP.

    Then there is dander clean-up. It can take up to 6 months after deep cleaning and removal of carpets/rugs/mattresses in tbe home. Your allergist and primary care should be able to help get you on some medications to lower eosinophils and help open your airways and knock out inflammation as well as offer advice on over the counter antihistamines to get you through this period. 

    If you feel you cannot breathe, asthma attacks can come on fast and if your rescue inhaler is not helping you may need to go to the ER for nebulizer breathing treatment. You would then need to follow-up with your doctor and see if they will write you a script for a nebulizer machine to keep at home. Never be afraid of medical bills adding up– just stay alive, medical bills can be paid off over time and charity and stste medicaid programs help, so if you need to go to the ER dont hesitate to call.

    I hope that is helpful, and I am here, we are all here online to offer support. Family and friends who do not have asthma and allergies can take time to understand, that is why doctors and others with asthma and allergies have really helped me through this process.

  • Melissa G

    Lynda, you have already gotten some amazing advice from Brenda and Shea. I just want to  you AAFA! So glad that you found us! I am so sorry for going through all of this. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    @Lynda26841 I'm sorry for your struggles. It does sound like it's your asthma. As far as your toes turning blue I've never heard of that happening in an asthma attack but you never know. Everyone is different. My asthma attack I didn't wheeze. Raynaud's syndrome can cause toes and fingers to turn blue. So can circulation problems. Is there an immediate care center you could go to? Or ER? 

  • Shea

    Blue toes can be a serious symptom of asthma. I saw this online:

    recognise each of them:

    • Wheezing: Asthma patients start wheezing heavily before breathlessness overtakes them. Wheezing, generally, constitutes a whooshing sound coming out from the mouth of the person, who is likely to get an attack within the next couple of minutes. Wheezing should alert you right away as it is the primary indication of an asthma attack. Some people also complain of an itchy nose or eczema around the nasal area, which happens when you are exposed to highly allergic pollen, dander, or dust.
    • Most people feel anxious and sweaty just before an asthma attack. Sweaty forehead, neck, back and palms along with restlessness in the chest are signs that you must look out for.
    • Formation of phlegm despite of you not having cold or viral is also a sign and symptom of an acute asthma attack. Asthma attacks usually happen when the chest congestion restricts the airway from a smooth breathing pattern leading to shorter and quicker breaths. Most often, symptoms such as cough and wheezing are more prominent at night. This is also called Nocturnal Asthma.
    • During an asthma attack, the respiratory system undergoes an internal inflammation leading to the narrowing of the airway passage. During this time, another recognisable sign of an  attack is the formation of mucous in the mouth. It is usually thick and the cause of a dry throat.
    • Chest pain and dropping of pressure is another symptom along with tightening of chest and neck muscles. These are called retractions.
    • You will feel a difficulty in talking as every time you try to open your mouth, you will want to take a breath of air to release the discomfort that is being suppressed inside you.
    • Look out for your finger nails! If they are blue, your blood vessels are not getting the sufficient amount of oxygen supply. This suggests the need for an urgent medical attention.
    • Your lips will feel dry and turn blue. Shaking hands and getting cold feet are other symptoms of asthma that you must watch out for.

    Prevent an asthma emergency in the middle of the night or while you are walking on the road. The sooner you recognise the symptoms and signs of asthma, the sooner your medication will be effective in healing. Keep your doctor’s number handy and start working on your asthma action plan!

    Blue skin – the medical term is cyanosis – can be due to a number of problems including  and other lung and breathing disorders. It often reflects insufficient blood in the extremities or low hemoglobin, the carrier of oxygen in red blood cells. Normally, arterial blood is bright red, thanks to the oxygen it contains. Skin color is a combination of your skin pigmentation plus the color of your blood. When oxygen levels decline, blood turns blue-red.

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Marie and Shea, love the way you point out that blue toes can be from a variety of different causes … it's really important to loop docs in about symptoms like this.

    @Lynda26841, another possibility … could you reach out to area vet's offices? Many of them know families who are willing to foster pets. You could take cute pictures of your kitties, call and explain the situation to area vets and ask if they would mind putting up a flyer. They may even know of folks who've recently lost their pets and are open to adopting or re-homing a pet that has come from a loving family. 

  • Shea

    I get really annoyed with headlines on studies saying things like "can man's best friend chase away asthma and allergies?" …and they go on to mention the research studies with people who have babies and dogs in the home and the kids growing up less likely to have asthma and allergies– it is just like DUH if the parents are not allergic enough to have a dog, then the kid will be less likely to as well because there is a huge genetic component with allergies and asthma. Anyways when I was pregnant and allergic to dogs living with a person who woukdnt find a hone for them it did not help me or my son at all– it was horrible for me and my son.. And he showed allergic signs in early toddlerhood after we moved out pn even small exposure,  and both of us have confirmed serious allergies and stay away from dogs now but ugh its so frustrating when people mention these articles because even in the article the people running the study say it is too early to tell and definitely no causation but it is misleading the way they title it and publish it– and in the article eventually the people say it could be dangerous to get a dog because when one does have allergies and or asthma its dangerous to have a dog and they dont have evidence shiwing it prevents it– well maybe they should make that the title. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, I think a lot of research scientists can get frustrated with the sometimes overly simplistic headlines that the media can use to report on medical research studies.

    One thing that they get confused a LOT is causation versus correlation.

    Causation = a thing or chemical actually CAUSES the issue, for example, smoking has been proven to cause lung cancer and COPD.

    Correlation = we see things happen together a lot, but we don't know if it's cause or effect. 

    Sometimes it IS a cause and effect relationship. Sometimes it's not. And sometimes the studies aren't as rigorous as they need to be to really establish a cause and effect relationship.

    Hugs on the issues that you had with your kiddo's dad, who didn't understand your illness and your risk factors and who wasn't willing to help you through that time.