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We are publishing a preview of an article in the new Corriere Salute. You can read the full text on the matter on Thursday 29 September free in the newsstand or in PDF on the digital edition of the «Corriere della Sera».

During the pandemic, many people welcomed a pet into their homes and unfortunately some have found that they are allergic to the new puppy. In fact, over the past two years there has been an increase in requests for allergy visits and new diagnoses. The good news is that today, thanks to very specific molecular tests, it is possible to know exactly which molecule (allergen) is involved, as there are several, and possibly make a more thoughtful choice for the animal to be adopted.

What Causes Pet Allergy?

Contrary to popular belief, it is not the hair of the animal itself that causes the allergy, but certain proteins, allergens, which are mainly present in dead skin flakes, saliva and urine, which the body considers harmful and the allergic reaction caused – he said Mona-Rita Yacoubcoordinator of the Allergy Department of the Immunology, Rheumatology, Allergology and Rare Diseases Department of the Irccs San Raffaele Hospital in Milan -. Allergens are different and some are common in all furry animals. In these cases, the person is allergic to dogs, cats, and even horses. However, some allergens are only specific to cats or dogs, so if someone really wants a puppy, they can choose the one they are not allergic to. Not only, in the case of the dog, there is an allergen characteristic of the maleTherefore, a person can be allergic only to the man and not to the woman. All this can be discovered today with specific molecular tests ».

You can read the article further at health courier free in the newsstand on Thursday 29 September or in PDF on the digital edition of Corriere della Sera.

Source: Corriere

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