Is there a vaccine for allergy to cats?

Cat with allergy

The truth is that there is nothing more unfortunate than having a cat allergy when you want to live with one of them. Now, today it is known that by taking a series of measures, such as vacuuming instead of sweeping or not letting the animal sleep with you, -good- coexistence is possible. But ... is there a vaccine for this problem?

Fortunately, yes. Although at least for the moment, it is a disease that has no cure, yes there is a vaccine for allergy to cats that will help you to be calmer.

How do I know if I have a cat allergy?

First of all, it is important to know the symptoms of allergy, since sometimes some of them can be mistaken for those of a simple cold. So, you should know that if you have this problem, the most common signs are:

  • Intense itching that appears after touching the animal, or after a few minutes. Also when you go to a house with cats and you spend a little while in a room where there is hair or fluff from the feline.
  • Sneezing, which may be accompanied by a cough.
  • Nasal secretions (clear, liquid mucus that looks similar to water), and / or tearful (tears).

Is there a vaccine against cat allergy?

Cat allergy vaccine

Living with a cat allergy is not easy if, as we said, you love these animals and you live or want to live with one. But thanks to more than ten years of research, the world can count on an effective vaccine that helps allergy sufferers lead a more peaceful life.

How did they develop it? Well, in order to do that, they took a protein that cats secrete on their skin and that is the cause of most allergy symptoms. Later, took blood samples from 100 volunteers with this problem and, after deconstructing the protein, identified the regions within it that activate T lymphocytes (which are the ones that fight infection) of the immune system. For the cat allergy vaccine, they found seven chains of amino acids, which are what they mixed together to make it.

The optimal dose has yet to be determined, but by now scientists have found that four to eight doses per year may be sufficient. However, check with your allergist to find out what cat allergy shots are available in your area.

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