Insect bite hypersensitivity (bug bite allergy or IBH) is a common summer problem. Susceptible horses are actually allergic to the insect’s saliva. Horses can have allergic reactions to any biting insect, but the most common are Culicoides (also known as gnats, midges, sand flies, and punkies), black flies, stable flies, horse flies, and mosquitoes.
Does your patient suffer from localized or generalized itching? Do they exhibit nasal discharge or watery eyes? Are they coughing, sneezing, or wheezing?
Does pollen season bring in more and more allergy patients each year? Based on a new study from The Lancet Public Health, this could be true.
Sublingual immunotherapy also works in allergic cats!
Does oclacitinib predispose dogs to develop cancer?
What should I choose: intradermal testing or IgE serology?
Continuing allergen immunotherapy for longer than one year should lead to a higher treatment success!
To ensure the maintenance of the readership’s interest, I propose to occasionally change the format of these monthly newsletters while still maintaining a "ˆbest-evidence” approach.
When is the best time to do allergen-specific IgE serological testing?
This question is commonly asked by veterinarians to Nextmune colleagues, and I could simply reply that there are no studies in the literature that unequivocally address this question.
Can I perform IgE serology or intradermal testing when my patient is treated with glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, oclacitinib, or lokivetmab?
This question is highly relevant to daily veterinary practice, as most pets with active clinical signs are already treated with anti-allergic drugs by the time the discussion arises whether or not to test for IgE sensitivities before starting allergen immunotherapy.