Guess What? If You’re Allergic To Cats Then…

Written by Gayne Young on February 25, 2016


Makes sense to us…

In 2014, a trio of concerned doctors wrote a letter to the editor of Allergologia et Immunopathologia, a Spanish scientific journal concerning allergies. They wanted to alert the scientific community to a potential danger: lion allergies.

It all started when an 8-year-old boy came into their emergency department in Warsaw, Poland.

“He came along with his parents, directly from a circus show,” the doctors wrote. “About 30–45 min after the beginning of the show, he started complaining of itching skin and a burning sensation in his eyes, followed by rhinorrhea [runny nose]. The symptoms occurred a few minutes after the first animals appeared on stage.”

These doctors speculated that the child — who tested positive for cat allergies — was also allergic to the cats in the circus. “The symptoms suddenly arose when the lion-taming begun,” the doctors wrote.

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They were especially concerned that the same warnings that doctors give about cat allergies were not extended to lions. “Recommendations for avoiding [house cat] allergens do not include any restrictions of contact with big cats in places like Wild Parks, Zoos or circus visits.” Perhaps they should.

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