Scientists at Nottingham University could be the cat's whiskers when it comes to curing cat allergy symptoms. The Nottingham boffins have discovered just why some people are allergic to cats and this opens the door to a pill that could cure sufferers.
Allergy to cats can be a serious matter for although most bouts of cat allergy result in sneezes and runny eyes for some it can induce life threatening asthma attacks. This is a real problem with so many human households also being home to a cat or cats.
The Nottingham University breakthrough could also have positive results for other allergies such as hay fever too. One of the Nottingham scientists, Dr Amir Ghaem-Maghami, said: "Most treatments at the moment are symptomatic – you have the allergy and then you try to stop the symptoms. What we are saying is that if you understand what happens at the time the irritant interacts with the body, you can intervene early on."
Of all pet allergies cat allergy is by far the most common. The research is continuing but offers real hope of a cure for the millions of people who can never safely stroke a cat.