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Animal Dander Allergens

Animal Dander Allergens

Cat is the most common animal allergy.  If you have cat allergy, you react to bits of saliva on the groomed fur and shed flakes of skin.  Because the cat allergen is a very small particle, it can penetrate more deeply into the lungs, so can be very bothersome to asthmatics.  Sometimes people have cats they love so much that finding a new home for the cat is not a possibility.  In such cases, we can help with strategies to minimize the cat antigen exposure.  Immunotherapy is also helpful in building tolerance to cats.  

Cow is a fairly common animal allergy, particularly among farmers, ranchers and others who live on farms or ranches.  Immunotherapy is helpful to those whose occupation requires continued exposure to cows.

Deer allergy occurs mainly among hunters. 

Dog allergy is the second most common animal allergy, but tends not to cause symptoms as severe as those with cat allergy.  As with cats, if a new home for the dog is not a possiblity, there are environmental strategies that help, as does immunotherapy.

Goat allergy usually occurs in people who have spent significant time around goats.  

Guinea Pig allergy occurs among people who keep these as pets. 

Hog allergy occurs mainly among farmers and farm-dwellers.  Being allergic to hog dander does NOT mean you have to avoid eating pork.  

Horse allergy occurs among farmers, riders, and animal care professionals.  

Mosquito allergy is relatively uncommon- when it occurs, there are large local reactions to a simple mosquito bite.  

Mouse allergy occur in people living in building with mice, and in laboratory workers.  Immunotherapy is helpful.

Rabbit allergy occurs among rabbit breeders or those keeping rabbits as pets.  

Rat allergy, like mouse allergy, occurs in those who are around rats.