Love cats but can’t handle being around them without sneezing and wheezing?
Scientists in Switzerland may be able to help with a vaccine they call “HypoCat” that lessens a protein which around 10% of the population in the western hemisphere is allergic to, according to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
The protein is called Fel d 1 allergen and it’s found in cat dander.
When someone is allergic to cats and they’re around the dander, an allergic reaction is caused when their immune system believes the protein is attacking them.
The “HypoCat” vaccine could possibly be ready in three years.
News for patients with cat allergy: A study provides evidence that cat vaccination against the major cat allergen Fe1 d 1 can reduce Fel d 1 level in cat secretions and potentially minimize its ability to cause a human allergic response. https://t.co/0QhH4kJ33M
— Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (@jacionline) August 8, 2019