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Cat allergy triggers 'uncovered'

Scientists have discovered what causes allergic reactions to cats, leading to new hopes of a preventative treatment. The charity Allergy UK suggests it could lead to treatments for dog allergies.

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New research reveals how cat allergies are triggered

Cats are among the most common pet allergies. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Scientists have discovered how allergic reactions to cats are sparked, leading to new hopes of a preventative treatment.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge discovered that the common cause of reactions is found in cat allergen, which triggers a large immune response in sufferers including coughing, wheezing and sneezing.

Lead author of the research Dr Clare Bryant said she hoped the research would "lead to new and improved treatments for cat and possibly dog allergy sufferers."

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