Animals Allergic to Humans
“Many animals are allergic to humans,” states the German newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung. As reported there, the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB)recently announced that “human company causes typical allergy symptoms, such as skin rashes or constant sneezing, in 1 pet out of 20.” The causes, in most cases, are said to be fallen human skin scales and the excreta of the dust mites that feed on them. If a pet keeps scratching or licking itself or plucking its fur out when it does not have fleas, its owner has an indication that the pet is allergic to humans, and improvement in symptoms after a change of environment or in the absence of the pet’s owner would be further evidence. Food and pollen were also said to trigger allergies in animals. DAAB noted, for example, an increase in the number of horses with hay fever in recent years.