Cat Allergy Vaccine

Love cats but have cat allergy? Well, hang in there - scientists are closing in on a cat allergy vaccine that will let you have your cat fix without the sniffles:

A mix of seven synthetic peptides makes up the vaccine. The idea, the researchers wrote, is that the immune system will encounter these peptide strands, which fit into the immune cells like a key to a lock, and recognize them as harmless. That action stops the sniffling, sneezing inflammatory response in its tracks, even when the peptides are attached to real cat proteins.

An early clinical trial on 88 patients resulted in no serious side effects, the researchers reported. A single injection reduced the skin's inflammatory reaction to cat allergens by 40 percent, the researchers wrote.

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When I was about 10 years old I was having harsh reactions to cats and dogs. My eyes would get red and itchy along with my nose-sniffles. I went to the doc and got a scratch-test which confirmed I am allergic to cat and dog urine and saliva. I've pretty much lived with either a cat, dog or both for the past 20 years without the use of antihistamines or other "solutions" and I guess my body has adapted to it because I don't have those symptoms anymore.

It reminds me of when I moved from the sunshine coast in British Columbia, where the weather is mild and the temperature comfortable, to Ontario mid-winter where the air is freezing cold and awash with snow. I remember wearing a heavy winter jacket unlike anything I'd ever seen and still shivering in my boots. Meanwhile my cousins who had grown up in Ontario were lightly dressed in T-shirts and what looked like fall coats. They were not shivering at all.
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