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  Authority of Polish Society of Allergology

vol 3. no 3. September 1998  

 Diagnostics and treatment of allergy
Allergy to animals
Leszek Korzon, Marek L. Kowalski

Ośrodek Diagnostyki i Leczenia Astmy i Alergii
Katedra i Zakład Immunologii Klinicznej Akademii Medycznej, ul. Mazowiecka 11, 92-215 Łódź

Sensibilisation to furred animals is now as common as sensibilisation to pollens. Significant exposure to animal allergens can occur in homes, in public places as well as the workplace, and cat or dog allergens can be detected even in the absence of animals. The most common manifestation of animal allergy are bronchial asthma, rhinitis and conjuctivitis. Chronic exposure to animal allergens may be a significiant factor in the development and maintenance of asthma and allergic rhinitis. Thus, measures leading to reduction of exposure to animal allergens should be undertaken not only in symptomatic patients, but also in general atopic population.


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