Cat Allergies, Hives, Itchy Skin, and Asthma
Cats are beloved family members of millions of Americans. Unfortunately, these pets are also allergen factories for as many as 25 percent of the population, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
About Hives and Other Allergy Symptoms Caused by Cat Dander
Cats shed skin flakes and deposit them in their fur when they groom. This is dander. Allergy-causing proteins in the dander can provoke reactions including hives, rhinitis and asthma. Thorough removal of dander in the home will significantly reduce symptoms associated with a cat allergy.
Symptoms of a Cat Allergy
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, almost 15 percent of people in the United States experience some type of allergic reaction to pets such as cats or dogs. The primary cause of such allergies is pet dander�the dead skin cells cats and dogs shed on a daily basis.