Recent research may have cat allergy sufferers bouncing up and down and tossing their inhalers in the trash upon hearing news of a discovery that may lead to a possible cure for cat allergies made by a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge.
People who are allergic to cats are well too acquainted with miserable symptoms that are provoked by exposure to cat dander such as runny nose, skin rash, itchiness, wheezing, blocked airways, and sneezing. These allergic reactions to cat dander prevent cat lovers from being able to own a cat and also may be a nuisance when exposure to the furry feline creatures is unavoidable.
Allergies can be triggered by a number of factors, mainly one being a response by the body’s immune system in reaction to something it feels is dangerous to the system such as bacteria or a virus. Cat allergy sufferers have sensitive immune systems that mistakenly identify pet dander and commonly other allergens as a threatening presence to the body’s immunity.
Most cat allergy sufferers symptoms are instigated by contact with the presence of a protein referred to as Fel d1 found on the cat’s skin. Scientists have furthered this by finding how allergic responses in individuals exposed to this protein when a toxin known as lipopolysaccharide, or LPS is also present in the atmosphere.
Until this recent discovery by the University of Cambridge study, the question of how exposure to cat dander results in an allergic reaction so commonly has never been answered. Clare Bryant, lead researcher for the study made the following comment to UK Newspaper “Daily Mail” in response to this new incredible breakthrough finding for cat allergy sufferers:
“Not only did we find out that LPS [intensifies] the immune response’s reaction to cat dander, we identified the part of immune system that recognizes it, the receptor TLR4.”
Bryant also reiterated in several statements made to the media that, “this finding could prove very encouraging and helpful for scientists to develop a cure for cat allergies, and even effective treatments for those people who are allergic to dogs as well.”
Since this information was discovered, Scientists have already produced a beta medicine that efficiently paralyzed the immune system’s response to TLR4. This medicine also effectively prevented and blocked allergic reactions caused by contact of these protein allergens with human cells.