Cat Hair and Dander Allergy Blood Test
A Cat Hair and Dander Allergy Blood Test is an IgE allergy panel used to determine if you are allergic to cat hair and dander.
About 10% of people in the United States have pet allergies, and cat allergies are the most common. Dander contains dead skin cells and particles shed by animals. You do not have to touch a cat to have an allergic reaction to their dander since it is microscopic-- dander can come to rest on surfaces or remain on bedding or on clothing until thoroughly cleaned. It can also be breathed in and cause respiratory issues. Cat dander is a common allergy that tends to cause itchy or watery eyes or skin to break out in rashes or hives. More serious cat dander allergic reactions can result in respiratory afflictions like difficulty breathing or asthma.
Symptoms could include:
- runny or stuffy nose
- watery and itchy eyes
- rash or hives
Positive allergy test results should be discussed with your physician.
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