My son tested positive for dog allergy. Have some question.

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   Posted 1/22/2007 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
:-) Hello Everyone!
My son, last month was staying with my mom for a few days. When my son came home that night. He had a red , itchy, rash, pretty much all over his body. That got worse at night. My son, already has Excema and has for 3 yrs now. He also had a low grade fever. Coughing (slight) some sneezing I just thought it was a cold. Anyhow, this cold that I thought was a cold went on for 2 days. His Asthma flared up also. Took him to his Allergist they did skin testing for dog alergy and my son tested positive.
My question is why when my son went to my mom's house again last week he didn't have any allergy or asthma symptoms? when he returned home he had no sign of an allergy problem like the other time?????.. Was the allergy testing wrong????

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   Posted 1/22/2007 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think the allergy testing is wrong. Could it be that maybe his sensitivity level has increased? Or that your mom recently vacuumed and dusted before this time? Dog allergies are caused by their saliva and dander. And if someone has a dog but recently washes the dog, vacuums, dusts can be easier on a dog allergy sensitive person. Allergies can occur at any time with no rhyme nor reason and they can go just as quickly or "outgrow" them. My son had severe dog allergies when he was little, we had to get rid of one dog but kept another that had wiry hair. His allergies lessened over time, until eventually I believe that his body built up enough antibodies to fight off his dog allergies. He is still sensitive to dogs but not as severely as before.

Ask your mom if perhaps she vacuumed, dusted or bathed the dog to see if that is why he didn't have a reaction before. Obviously you can't avoid seeing your mom, but have you tried Benedryl for those times that your son has to go over there? Or any other allergy med?
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   Posted 1/22/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Red_34,
My son's Allergist prescribed Zrtex for when he is around dogs. That is what could of made the difference for my son at my mom's. I truely saw a big improvement the day he came home from being at my mom's place. My mom, has 3 dogs and 2 cats.  He didn't have the red, itchy, rash. No coughing, no sneezing, that is what made me wonder if the allergy testing was a false positive. Thanks for advice. Best Wishes Brandi.
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