Horse allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in a horse's skin cells (dander), saliva, and urine. It is less common than cat or dog allergies but can cause similar symptoms in sensitized individuals. People who work with horses or frequently visit stables are more likely to develop this allergy....


What are symptoms of horse allergy?

  • Sneezing and runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Asthma attacks in individuals with asthma

What foods cross-react with horse allergy?

Cross-reactivity with other animal allergies is possible, particularly with animals that have similar proteins in their dander, saliva, or urine. People with horse allergies may also react to other furry animals, although the degree of cross-reactivity can vary.

When should I consider getting a horse allergy test?

  • If you experience allergic symptoms around horses or in environments where horses are present.
  • If you work in equestrian settings and have symptoms suggestive of an allergic reaction.
  • If you have a history of other animal allergies and develop symptoms when around horses.

How do I reduce my horse allergy symptoms?

  • Limit exposure to horses and environments where horse dander is present, like stables and barns.
  • Wear protective clothing and a mask when exposure to horses is unavoidable.
  • Shower and change clothing after exposure to remove allergens.
  • Use air purifiers with HEPA filters in living spaces to reduce airborne allergens.
  • Regularly clean and dust living areas to minimize allergen accumulation.
  • Over-the-counter antihistamines or nasal sprays can be effective for mild reactions.
  • In cases of severe allergies, consult an allergist for potential treatments such as immunotherapy.

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