This Old World rodent is related to Voles, Lemmings, and New World Mice. There are many Hamster species, classified in several genera. They are solitary, burrowing, nocturnal animals, with chunky bodies, usually short tails, soft, thick fur, and large external cheek pouches used for holding food. Hamsters feed on grain and other plant matter and are serious agricultural pests in many parts of their range. The Syrian, or Golden Hamster, of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, is familiar as a laboratory animal and pet. Asthma, allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis occur frequently in laboratory workers dealing with Hamsters and in individuals keeping these rodents as domestic pets. Hamsters are solitary, burrowing, nocturnal rodents, with chunky bodies, usually short tails, soft, thick fur, and large external cheek pouches used for holding food. Hamsters feed on grain and other plant matter and are serious agricultural pests in many parts of their range. Many individuals believe they are allergic to their pet hamsters, when in fact more commonly they are allergic to the bedding of their hamster's cage. Timothy grass and hay is commonly used as bedding and sometimes as a digestive aid for small house pets like gerbils and rabbits. If you suspect you are allergic to your little pets, consider our Timothy hay allergy test as well! Traditional allergy tests utilize the Skin Prick method (also known as a Puncture or Scratch test) to determine whether an allergic reaction will occur by inserting possible triggers into your skin using a needle prick. If you are allergic to the substance, you are forced to suffer through your body's reaction to the allergen.
No special preparation is needed for Allergy Hamster Epithelium. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Allergy Hamster Epithelium. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.
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