Talking Allergies

Animal allergy and the Zoo
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Author:  ashley5473 [ Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:24 am ]
Post subject:  Animal allergy and the Zoo

My daughter, 3, is very allergic to dogs and cats. Last year we went to the zoo with her and her brother (at that time they were 2 and 1) and it was like 95 degrees out. Anyways, DD was itching like crazy and her eyes got really red and swollen and she was hysterical. We didn't stay too long. At that time we thought that the heat was making her itch (she has pretty serious atopic dermatitis) and I thought that I had accidentally gotten sunblock in her eyes. In hindsight, I am wondering if it may have been a reaction to the animal dander or peanut proteins everywhere, etc. She did have some hives inside her arms.

So, here we are at zoo season again and I am curious to know your experiences with it. I don't want to risk it if dander allergic people have had reactions, too, but if it was just heat and sunblock, I can avoid those triggers...btw, she has no real outdoor allergies...yet.

Thanks in advance!

Author:  gwentheeditor [ Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:49 am ]
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That's a tough one - you may want to send it to "Ask the Allergists" at - that way we could let the real experts give their opinion.

My informed layman's opinion would be to be suspicious about peanut because of the hives. The upset would also be consistent to what one feels in a reaction - but heat/irritated skin could also have brought that on.

When you say peanut proteins all around - were people crunching their way through shells on the ground? If so, could be possible they were getting into the air. Usually there has to be a lot of it present and a way it could become airborne/inhaled for an airborne peanut reaction to be suspected.

Also: you probably did this, but just wondering if you remembered to check the sunscreen ingreds? Some can contain peanut oils.

Author:  _Susan_ [ Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:15 pm ]
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I don't have an answer either but I would probably suggest that if you do want to visit the zoo, you do so in the spring or fall. Maybe even after a rain fall. Does it rain much in Texas? The extra layers of clothing would limit the exposure by skin contact.

Animals are more active when the weather is not so hot.

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