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Allergy test- cat hair

Allergy test- cat hair

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Cat hair allergy: causes, symptoms and treatment options

A cat hair allergy is a common form of allergy caused by proteins found in the skin flakes (dander), saliva and urine of cats. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the cat hair itself that causes the allergy, but the allergens that adhere to the hair.


The main allergens in cats are the proteins Fel d 1 and Fel d 4. These proteins are found in cats' dander and saliva and can easily become airborne and settle on furniture, clothing and other surfaces. When a sensitive person comes into contact with or inhales these allergens, it can trigger an allergic reaction.


The symptoms of a cat hair allergy can vary from mild to severe and include:
- Sneezing
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Rashes or hives after contact with a cat
- In severe cases, asthmatic symptoms may also occur


Diagnosis of a cat hair allergy is usually done through an allergy test performed by an allergist. This can be either a skin prick test or a blood test that detects the presence of specific IgE antibodies to cat allergens.

Although a cat allergy can make life with a cat difficult, with the right measures and treatments, the symptoms can be effectively controlled so that those affected can maintain their quality of life.

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