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New drug could cure cat allergies

By T.K. Randall
June 13, 2011 · Comment icon 6 comments

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Scientists have developed a treatment that stops the reactions triggered by an allergy to cats.
The research involves understanding the way that the immune system reacts to allergens, it also raises hopes for treatments to other more serious reactions such as asthma attacks. "There has been a sharp increase in the prevalence of allergies over the past few decades and allergic asthma among children has reached epidemic proportions," says study leader Dr Amir Ghaem-Maghami.
British researchers discovered how the animals trigger allergies in different people after they isolated a part of a cell related to minute particles of cat skin. The discovery sheds light on how the body's immune system identifies and reacts to allergens, which could pave the way in developing new ways of treating allergies ranging from sneezes to more serious asthma attacks.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by FLOMBIE 13 years ago
A cure for my hay fever would make some of my wettest dreams come true. I'm in a miserable condition all spring, and it would be such a relief to have something that prevents any outbreak.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Purplos 13 years ago
I'm with Flombie, though I have it spring through first frost. In a med-induced haze and still sniffing and itching w/ a killer headache as I type. I'm fine with cats... but this is good news for those who are allergic to them but still must or want to live with one.
Comment icon #3 Posted by farandaway 13 years ago
I always found the more I was exposed to cats (I love the little monsters) the less being around them bothered me.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Fluffybunny 13 years ago
I'm with Flombie, though I have it spring through first frost. In a med-induced haze and still sniffing and itching w/ a killer headache as I type. I'm fine with cats... but this is good news for those who are allergic to them but still must or want to live with one. Have you ever tried Loratadine? It is (generally) non drowsy for people and lasts all day. Very cheap in the generic version.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Purplos 13 years ago
Yes Fluffy. All it does is make me feel very dry. Doesn't stop the symptoms at all. Doesn't make me drowsy though... that's true. lol Lots of Vit C and sticking my head under water helps some.
Comment icon #6 Posted by FastNSlowww 13 years ago
allergies have increased because of our diet...the terrible food we eat and all the preservitives that comes with it. Cows Milk a lone is what causes so many illnesses...due to it being heated and all the natural good benifits is killed, so the body can't digest it properly. drugs just mask the issue.


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