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Animal Allergies

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What animal allergies are—signs and more.

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What Are Animal Allergies? 

Animal allergies are an occupational health hazard for persons working with both laboratory and agricultural animals. An animal allergy may develop when a susceptible person is exposed to allergens produced by animals. Animal allergies are associated with exposure to urine, saliva, dander, hair, fur, and feathers. Individuals who have existing allergies (especially to domestic animals) or suppressed immune systems may be at a higher risk for developing animal allergies. Animal allergies may also affect persons who have never been exposed to animals. The allergens are sticky and may be carried on an exposed person’s hair, clothing or papers. In this way, non-exposed coworkers and family members may be sensitized to the allergens and develop animal allergies. 

What Are the Symptoms of Animal Allergies? 

The most common symptoms are

  • itchy, watery eyes;
  • runny nose;
  • irritation and redness of the skin;
  • wheezing;
  • shortness of breath; and
  • chest tightness.

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  • allergies
  • animal allergy
  • Safety and Health