Human beings have been suffering cat allergies for years. They also are afflicted by allergies to dogs. However new research at Cambridge University could change things forever. Researchers have discovered how allergic reactions to cats are triggered. Researchers believe that a protein found in cat dander — microscopic skin particles shed by animals — can trigger an allergic response in humans when it comes into contact with a common bacteria.
That can all lead to the typical symptoms people suffer like wheezing, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and trouble with breathing. Scientists hope that this new research can lead to the development of treatment for allergies with animals. Scientists were able to identify the toxin the triggers the allergic response. They’ve also identified the part of our immune system that responds to it.
Knowing the actual toxin and place in the human body are interacting is critical in formulating a new treatment. “How cat dander causes such a severe allergic reaction in some people has long been a mystery,” said Dr Clare Bryant, lead author of the research from the university’s veterinary medicine department.
Let’s hope a cure is coming soon so that more of us can enjoy cats! Story via