Allergy to cat epithelium (Felis domesticus) is an allergy caused by proteins found in animal dander. Contrary to what many people believe, the hair is not the cause of the allergy, but the dead scales of the skin. Although, any animal that has hair can cause this type of allergy. These particles can remain floating in the air for some time, and they adhere very easily to textiles. When inhaled, it causes allergic symptoms. Cats are the furry animals that most cause allergies, approximately 20% of the world population. Sterilized cats tend to cause less intense allergic reactions, and not all cats cause allergies or, at least, not all trigger them with the same intensity. The symptoms are rhinitis, conjunctivitis, asthma or contact urticaria. As a prevention it is recommended to avoid contact with cats, but if this is not possible, avoid carpets and rugs, use vacuum cleaners with a HEPA filter, wash the animal weekly with products that prevent flaking, and avoid entering the animal in the allergic person's room.
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