What Is a Mouse Allergy? And How Do You Know If You Have One?

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Nobody likes allergy symptoms. They keep you indoors and from doing the activities you love. Allergies can make you feel miserable for weeks or months at a time, and, in extreme cases, they can even be dangerous.

For those dealing with pests and those considering rodents as pets, a mouse allergy can pose a problem. Keep reading to learn about mouse allergies, their symptoms, and how to take control of your allergy symptoms.

What Is a Mouse Allergy?

A mouse allergy is caused by proteins found in the substances mouse excrete, like urine and dander. Mouse allergies were first detected in lab settings when researchers developed allergy symptoms after handling mice in their studies. What’s now known as “laboratory animal allergy” (LAA) became a common condition, affecting between 11-44% of people working with mice and rats in labs.

But you don’t have to be in a lab or even handle a mouse to experience mouse allergy symptoms. Mice shed their dead skin and hair, and the allergens stick to dust particles, which can become airborne and enter your airspace.

Mouse Allergy Symptoms

Mouse allergies are common airborne indoor allergens. The proteins mice excrete are harmless for those without allergies, but those with an overactive immune system can have an allergic reaction. When this reaction happens, it causes the immune system to hop into action, mistakenly harming healthy cells and tissue, resulting in allergy symptoms.

Mouse allergies are particularly associated with allergic asthma. Asthma is a medical condition caused by the narrowing and swelling of the airways, while allergic asthma is a condition triggered by allergens. It is the most common type of asthma, making up an estimated 60% of asthma cases.

For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be life-threatening. Its symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing or wheezing that worsens with the cold or flu
  • Insomnia caused by wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath

Mouse allergies can also cause allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever. Hay fever symptoms include:

Mouse Allergy Treatments

If you are allergic to mice and are dealing with a rodent in your home, start by contacting your local pest control to help handle the problem.

For those looking for a mouse allergy treatment and keep them as pets, take these steps to help keep allergen exposure to a minimum:

  • Keep your hands away from your mouth and nose when handling your pet
  • Clean your mouse’s cage regularly
  • Vacuum frequently with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling your pet
  • Keep an air purifier in your home

Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief from your mouse allergy symptoms, but if you are looking for a long-term solution, immunotherapy might be the answer.

Looking for a Long-term Solution to Your Mouse Allergy?

If you’re tired of the watery eyes and itchy nose that come with mouse allergies, there is a solution that offers long-term relief. At Wyndly, we use sublingual immunotherapy to help your body create a tolerance for your specific allergens. With time, your immune system stops overreacting, and your allergy symptoms disappear!

To find out if you are allergic to mice and what treatment plan is right for you, schedule your initial consultation with a Wyndly allergy specialist today. Our doctors are ready to help you eliminate your allergy symptoms for good with your personalized treatment plan! And when you book your consultation, we’ll send you a free at-home allergy test kit so you know exactly what’s causing your allergies. Don’t wait. Long-lasting allergy relief is possible!

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