KINGSTON, Ontario, Oct. 8 (UPI) — Those with allergies to pets may develop ragweed symptoms earlier in the season than those who don’t have pet allergies, Canadian researchers say.
Study leader Anne Ellis of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and colleagues exposed 123 study participants to ragweed and note that pet allergy sufferers reported symptoms differently than their non-animal allergic counterparts.
The study, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, also finds dust mite allergy patients developed symptoms more quickly after ragweed exposure.
Ellis suggests patients with animal allergies limit their exposure to their pets. Pets should not be allowed access to the bedroom of the allergic individual, especially children suffering from asthma. This step could help prevent the development of irreversible lung damage caused by ongoing inflammation, Ellis says.
“The study results helped us develop a theory of ‘pre-priming’,” Ellis says in a statement. “If you have ongoing symptoms from perennial allergies, as soon as you add another allergen into the mix your symptoms develop much faster, and you may have a harder time dealing with it than others.”
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