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Can cats cause different allergies in different people?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Allergic reactions all result in the release of histamine.
Histamine release in the head & neck area cause itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, & itchy throat; in the lungs histamine causes wheezing & shortness-of-breath, while in the skin it causes itching & hives. In some people allergies may manifest slightly different but most people will experience at least some of the symptoms listed.

In brief: Not really

Allergic reactions all result in the release of histamine.
Histamine release in the head & neck area cause itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, & itchy throat; in the lungs histamine causes wheezing & shortness-of-breath, while in the skin it causes itching & hives. In some people allergies may manifest slightly different but most people will experience at least some of the symptoms listed.
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Occasionally, in cat allergic persons, they can develop eczema from allergen contact on the skin. This is probably caused by a mechanism different from contact urticaria (hives) due to cutaneous contact with cats.
Dr. Brian Novick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

People can react differently to the same allergic stimulus.

In brief: Yes

People can react differently to the same allergic stimulus.
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