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Cat Allergens in Homes of Cat Allergic Children without a Cat

Background: Cat allergy is very common among atopic children in Istanbul although most of them have never had a cat in their homes.

Methods: Major cat allergen Fel d1 was measured in house dust samples of 25 atopic children and 15 non-atopic children.

Results: Fel d1 levels in house dust samples were similar in both study and control groups (64.8 ± 72.8 ng/g vs 65.4 ± 69.8 ng/g, respectively).

Conclusions: Cat allergens are common in the house dust samples of allergic and non-allergic children living in Istanbul. Presence of cat allergens at homes may be due to the presence of the stray cats in the city.


Feyzullah Cetinkaya, Esra Birben and Can Omer KalaycI

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