I consider myself extremely lucky to not be allergic to cats. For someone who is allergic, being near a cat can cause a reaction that is not pretty and downright miserable. According to Healthline.com, the most common signs of a cat allergy usually follow shortly after a person comes in contact with cat dander, saliva, or urine.
And while there are some purebred cat breeds (the Russian Blue, for example) that are thought to be hypoallergenic, most people who are allergic to cats choose to avoid cats entirely for fear of having an allergic reaction. And it’s not the actual cat itself that people are allergic to, but the feline dander that finds it way all around the home from the cat’s shed fur. For those who have an allergy to cats, it’s just that they have an over-sensitive immune system which triggers their body’s response.
The Fel d 1 allergen produced in a cat’s saliva that’s spread onto their coat while grooming is to blame when it comes to the cat allergy. This is to blame for the coughing, sneezing, and itchy and watery eyes that cat allergy sufferers experience when exposed to felines.
But good news, cat allergy sufferers! It seems that a vaccine to protect against cat allergy attacks is on the horizon. Scientists out of Switzerland are working on the “HypoCat” vaccine, and it is projected to be released sometime in the next three years.
See the original tweet here from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology about the vaccine for cat allergy sufferers…
News for patients with cat allergy: A study provides evidence that cat vaccination against the major cat allergen Fe1 d 1 can reduce Fel d 1 level in cat secretions and potentially minimize its ability to cause a human allergic response. https://t.co/0QhH4kJ33M
— Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (@jacionline) August 8, 2019
Dr Gary Jennings, CEO of HypoPet AG, said in a statement:
“We are very pleased to publish this data which shows our HypoCat™ vaccine is able to produce high levels of antibodies in cats and that these antibodies can bind and neutralize the Fel d 1 allergen produced by the animals. This work was a key step in the milestone driven development of HypoCat™
It’s estimated that nearly a third of Americans who suffer from allergies also suffer from pet allergies, with allergies to cats being twice as common. Hopefully with the release of HypoCat in the next few years, people who suffer from cat allergies will be able to interact with cats and not have to worry about that uncomfortable allergic reaction.
If you’d like to read the HypoCat vaccine report in full detail, you can do so here.
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