People allergic to cats are sometimes unable to survive in the room with these furry creatures , even a few minutes. They immediately raises allergic rhinitis, sneezing, cough, shortness of breath and other unpleasant symptoms. It is considered that the cats in this is absolutely not to blame and that that person feels bad next to them, it’s just one of the features of his body. Recently, however, Australian scientists have suggested that the allergens that cats produce, you can use them for protection. This idea they had in the course of studying the only poisonous Primate on the planet, which is known as the slow Loris (Nycticebus).
These unusual creatures live in the tropical forests of India, Indonesia and China. Despite the fact that these animals were discovered by French zoologist Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire back in 1812, they are still poorly understood. They are particularly interesting because having a fairly pretty face, have sharp teeth that are used to eating prey and deter predators. These animals seem even more dangerous, considering that licking hidden in the armpits glands they cover their teeth with poison. But what are the substances included in the composition of the venom, which can turn a small bite covered in dead flesh in the wound?
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According to biologist Brian fry, usually the slow Loris uses its venom to fight with other individuals. But in some cases they can bite and people, causing the victim occurs shortness of breath, severe pain and even anaphylactic shock, which in some cases ends in death. Scientists were already aware that the axillary glands thick Laurie produce more than 200 chemical compounds, but recently they managed to find among them proteins that are also found in organisms of cats.
According to scientists, these proteins in large quantities contained in the saliva of cats. These animals constantly lick your body and Allergy causing substances undoubtedly remain on their fur. If a person has an intolerance to these chemicals, it in most cases occurs runny nose, itching and even swelling that are symptoms of allergies. As the slow Loris use of these substances as protection, scientists dared to suggest that cats can also use them to deter predators.
This assumption requires proof, which can be provided only in the course of further research. Anyway, the discovery of new substances, contained in the axillary glands of venomous primates, can help create a vaccine from the effects of their bites. The researchers also believe that with new knowledge in the future they can develop new remedies for allergies to cats.