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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2013 Dec;29(3):541-50. doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2013.08.005. Epub 2013 Oct 25.

Update on equine allergies.

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Dermatology Department, North Houston Veterinary Specialists, 1646 Spring Cypress Road #100, Spring, TX 77388, USA. Electronic address:


Horses develop many skin and respiratory disorders that have been attributed to allergy. These disorders include pruritic skin diseases, recurrent urticaria, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, and reactive airway disease. Allergen-specific IgE has been detected in these horses, and allergen-specific immunotherapy is used to ameliorate clinical signs. The best understood atopic disease in horses is insect hypersensitivity, but the goal of effective treatment with allergen-specific immunotherapy remains elusive. In this review, updates in pathogenesis of allergic states and a brief mention of the new data on what is known in humans and dogs and how that relates to equine allergic disorders are discussed.


Atopy; Equine allergy testing; Food allergy; Insect bite hypersensitivity

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