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ALLERGY AND ASTHMA :: Types of Allergens

Animals

What is an animal allergen?

Allergens found in animals are a common cause of allergic reactions in children. They are caused by the protein found in an animal's:

  • oil glands in the skin.
  • dander.
  • saliva.
  • urine.

Household pets, such as cats and dogs, are the most common sources of animal allergens.

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