The number of people with asthma who are allergic to cats is on the rise — it’s doubled over 18 years, a new study finds. "From 1976 to 1994, positive allergy skin tests in people with asthma have increased significantly," study author Dr. Leonard Bielory [specialist in allergy and immunology with the Department of Environmental Sciences at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences] said in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "Not only have we found the number of asthma sufferers allergic to cats has more than doubled, but those with asthma are also 32 percent more likely to be allergic to cats than those without asthma," he added. The researchers also found that people with asthma are more likely to be allergic to several environmental triggers common in the fall, including ragweed, ryegrass and fungus.
/ / / Cat allergies double among asthma sufferers