Cats 2 oz- First Aid for Rashes, Itchy Skin, Eczema, Pad Disorders
My son had severe eczema when he was around 1 year old. We had him tested and (of the 16 or so things he was tested for) he reacted strongly to cat dander. Our cat had passed away by then, but grandma had 2. She would come over and babysit weekly and "reintroduce" the cat dander. We started keeping a set of her clothes at our house and washing them with our laundry. Also we stopped letting him pet cats and his eczema cleared up. We have not had a problem with it until a few months ago (he is 5 now)when we moved into a new house that had had a cat in it. It most certainly could be cat exposure.
Miliary dermatitis - also known as papulocrustous dermatitis - is a term that is used to describe the appearance on a cat's skin of multiple crusty lesions. The lesions of feline miliary dermatitis are multiple small, crusty bumps with redness underneath. The lesions are sometimes limited to small areas of the body like the base of the tail, or around the neck or head areas. In other cases, the lesions can cover a large portion of the body. Many times the lesions are itchy, sometimes severely so. In these cases, there may be more severe damage to the skin because of the constant scratching and licking by the cat, which in turn, may bring on grooming disorders. Feline miliary dermatitis has been known as "scabby cat disease", "feline eczema" and "blotch". The word "miliary" is used because the lesions look somewhat like millet seeds.
My 15 month old son has had eczema since 3 months old. We had him tested for allergies and he came back positive for eggs and cats. We gave our 2 cats to my mom and have never introduced eggs in his diet. The cats have been out of the house for almost 9 months and he still has eczema. We are in the process of eliminating milk (we switched to soy milk, soy yogurt, soy cheese, etc) and it's been 2 weeks and he still has eczema. I'm going to give it another few weeks and then when we go back to the allergist have him tested again. I completely feel your pain about the cats. My husband and I adopted ours when they were 6 weeks old and they are about to be 8...they are also our babies and it kills us to have them at my moms. Hopefully your cats are not the issue and you can take them back...but then again maybe it's better that they are the issue and your LO gets better. :)Epstein co-authored one of the latest studies looking at pet ownership and eczema risk in children. The research, recently published in The Journal of Pediatrics, concluded that dog ownership among young children who tested positive for dog allergies significantly cut the risk of developing atopic eczema. The opposite was true for kids who tested positive for cat allergies and lived with cats.However, The idea that all skin troubles of the cat are mange is a great mistake since only a few cases of mange are ever found on cats. It´s Eczema that is often found., or atopic dermatitis, is an itchy rash that comes and goes and typically affects the backs of knees and insides of elbows in older children and teens (it affects different parts of the body in babies). The exact cause of eczema is not fully known, but allergies definitely play a role for some people. In very young children with severe eczema that is hard to control with standard creams and ointments, testing for food allergy should be performed. In older children, food allergy as a cause of eczema is rare, but flares in an eczema rash can be triggered by heavy exposure to inhaled allergens, or skin exposure to these allergens. Examples include exposure to cats and very dusty environments, or being licked by a dog, provided the person is to these things. Eczema may also be worse during pollen seasons in a person with pollen allergy. In short, yes, exposure to the new kitten could have caused the increase in skin symptoms, especially because your daughter is known to be allergic to cats.