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Am I Allergic to Hedgehogs

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Am I Allergic to Hedgehogs


Allergies

While most people do not suffer an allergic reaction to hedgehogs, some still do and in almost all cases, it appears to be an allergy to the saliva.

There are, however, other things to watch for. If you have an allergy to a hedgehog's bedding material or to other animals, this can also cause problems since a hedgehog's quills will push the offending substances just below the surface skin on your hands and create a reaction that wouldn't otherwise occur.

If you are allergic to cats, and do not often suffer serious symptoms unless the room is full of dander or you touch your eyes or nose after handling a cat, and you pick up a hedgehog after handling a cat, the hedgehogs quills will push the cat dander into your skin and your hands may have a reaction to the dander. This may produce welts.


How do I Know if I am Allergic?

To find out if you are allergic to hedgehogs, it is best to take a look at some hedgehogs, pick up a few nice and friendly ones and see if you have a reaction. A slight itchy feeling on your hands afterwards is OK and almost normal. Just watch out for signs of swelling or red welts.


References

  1. Hedgehog Central - Hedgehogs and Allergies (external link)

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