Recent research conducted at the University of Nottingham, funded by Asthma UK, may have discovered what triggers the allergic reaction some people suffer from our feline friends. It’s believed this breakthrough could lead to a new drug designed to prevent the allergic reaction from occurring, as opposed to other medicines which are currently available, that just help in dealing with the symptoms.
From their research, Dr Ghaem-Maghami believes the allergic reaction is triggered by a protein cell that sends the signal out to the body, if they can target this cell with a new pill, then it’s thought that the common cat allergy could be cured, along with dog allergies, reactions to house dust mites, and even hay fever. Work has already started on creating the new pill, although it’s expected to be another 5-10 years before it’s development is complete.
“Many people with asthma are highly sensitive to airborne allergens such as cat dander or house dust mite — in fact many studies have shown that up to 40 per cent of children with asthma are allergic to cat allergens,” Dr Amir Ghaem-Maghami.
Statistics show that the direct cost of asthma related conditions, to the NHS, totals over £1.35 billion, with three casualties per day from asthma. The vast majority of drugs target the symptoms, so there is a great deal of excitement over this research and the teams findings.