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What is Animal allergy?

What is Animal allergy?

  • Animal allergy: An animal allergy is an adverse reaction by the body's immune system to animals such as cats. The allergy is usually associated with the skin, saliva or urine of the animal. Animals frequently lick themselves which results in saliva sticking to the fur. Thus a person allergic to animals will often react to the fur even if it is not attached to the animal. Frequent washing of the animal may reduce symptoms. The body's immune system produces immunoglobulin E (IgE - an antibody) and histamine in response to contact with the allergen. The specific symptoms that can result can vary considerably amongst patients e.g. skin and respiratory symptoms.

Animal allergy: Introduction

Types of Animal allergy:

Broader types of Animal allergy:

What causes Animal allergy?

Causes of Animal allergy: see causes of Animal allergy

What are the symptoms of Animal allergy?

Symptoms of Animal allergy: see symptoms of Animal allergy

Incubation period for Animal allergy: Allergies to animals can take two years or more to develop (Source: excerpt from Something in the Air Airborne Allergens: NIAID)

Onset of Animal allergy: symptoms may occur immediately on contact with the animal or after hours or even longer

Duration of Animal allergy: may not subside until six months or more after ending contact with the animal. (Source: excerpt from Something in the Air Airborne Allergens: NIAID)

Animal allergy: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Animal allergy.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Animal allergy.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Animal allergy: Allergist/Immunologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Animal allergy.
Treatments for Animal allergy: see treatments for Animal allergy
Alternative treatments for Animal allergy: see alternative treatments for Animal allergy
Prevention of Animal allergy: see prevention of Animal allergy
Research for Animal allergy: see research for Animal allergy

Name of Animal allergy

Main name of condition: Animal allergy

 

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