Rabbits are mammals in the Leporidae family of animals which also includes hares.
There are 4 allergens associated with an allergy to rabbits, this includes their hair, dander (which is flakes of dry skin), urine and saliva.
All four allergens are lipocalin proteins, in other animal dander allergies this is the protein that most individuals react to. These proteins transport molecules like lipids and steroids around the body.
Symptoms of being allergic to rabbits may include allergic contact dermtatis, rhinoconjunctivitis, rhinitis and worsening symptoms of asthma.
Allergy to rabbit dander is strongly strongly associated with allergic rhinitis as well as asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic dermatitis.
A rabbit allergy can be strongly linked to other animal allergies due to the lipocalin proteins. There is evidence of cross reactivity due to this protein with cockroaches, cows, dogs, guinea pigs, horses, cats, hamsters, mice and rats.
Science Direct - Lipocalin
Allergy UK - Pet Allergy
Articles and Journals
The influence of early-life animal exposure on the risk of childhood atopic dermatitis, asthma and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis: findings from the Danish National Birth Cohort, 2023
Component-Resolved Diagnosis Based on a Recombinant Variant of Mus m 1 Lipocalin Allergen, 2023
Animal Allergens, Endotoxin, and β-(1,3)-Glucan in Small Animal Practices: Exposure Levels at Work and in Homes of Veterinary Staff, 2022
Dog keeping at home before and during pregnancy decreased the risk of food allergy in 1-year-old children, 2020
Exotic pet allergy, 2019
Laboratory animal allergy reduction from 2001 to 2016: An intervention study, 2018
The development of methods to measure exposure to a major rabbit allergen (Ory c 1), 2018
Diagnosis of Allergy to Mammals and Fish: Cross-Reactive vs. Specific Markers, 2017
Comment on the significance of the rabbit secretoglobin Ory c 3 as a major sensitizing allergen from rabbits, 2014
Identification and isolation of a Fel d 1-like molecule as a major rabbit allergen, 2014
Allergy to uncommon pets: new allergies but the same allergens, 2013
Allergy to rabbits. II. Identification and characterization of a major rabbit allergen, 1998
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