Guinea Pig – Allergy Resources

There is are 5 allergens associated with an allergy to guinea pigs, this includes their hair, dander (which is flakes of dry skin), urine and saliva. These are all allergens associated with airways.

4 of the allergens are lipocalin proteins, in other animal dander allergies this is the protein that most individuals react to. These proteins transport molecules like lipids and steroids around the body.

Cav p 4 is a serum albumin protein, people who are allergic to this protein are more likely to be allergic to other mammals and very rarely can become allergic to eating mammalian meats such as beefchicken and pork, which also contain these proteins.

I have put together some more comprehensive resources at

The allergy resources page for guinea pig covers the key allergens, which allergic syndromes are linked to this allergy and other foods which are commonly cross reactive with guinea pig hair.

There is also regularly updated links to useful websites specifically for guinea pig hair allergies and the latest research papers on the topic.

If you have multiple allergies and are interested in how they are linked or want to find out more about food allergies outside the usual top 14 then you can follow me on Facebook or Twitter, where I share a food allergy card every day of the week.

Published by Jemma D

I love to write about food allergies, asthma and eczema.

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