Dealing with Horse Allergies

By Allergy News
In Featured
Sep 30th, 2013

Standard ExaminerThe Standard Examiner’s Vicki Lyons has recently shared how people who are constantly exposed to horse barns have increased odds of having respiratory symptoms. In her article, she cited how this phenomenon occurs as well as the kind of treatment that is available for horse allergies.

If you live in the Rocky Mountain West, chances are a horse could be your closest neighbor. There are more than 61,000 horses in Utah. Horses have been used for various purposes, including farming (pulling or carrying burdens), racing, hunting, jumping and for pets. As a result, human exposure to horses remains quite commonplace. People exposed to horse barns have 50 percent prevalence rate of respiratory symptoms as opposed to those who aren’t. Higher exposure increases your odds of respiratory symptoms 8.9 percent.

Horse ownership keeps increasing in the United States, up 20 percent from 1997. Horse allergy continues to increase as well as a result of increased exposure. Asthma and rhinitis symptoms from horse dander have been appreciated for a long time, at least 100 years. Most horses we see today are strains of the domesticated horse, equus caballus. Horses were believed to have been domesticated around 3,000 B.C.

Wild horses of the North American continent descended from escaped domesticated horses. The only true remaining wild horses can be found on the Chinese-Mongolian steppes. All horses whether domesticated or wild have similar allergenic proteins in their pelt and saliva.

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