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Asthma – Dirty House is better than a clean one for preventing Asthma in Children

April 21st, 2006

Asthma – Dirty House is better than a clean one for preventing Asthma in Children

Girl with Asthma Inhaler

A study published in the April 18th, online Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed that children that were exposed to more dust and microbials had less of a chance of developing asthma.

Researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand measured how much children were exposed to microbials when they were 3 months old and followed up and measured again at 4 years old.

The children were watched for the development of asthma symptoms such as wheezing or atopic sensitization.  Atopic sensitization can develop into allergies and may be inherited from one of their parents; if a child develops this allergy the reaction is instant when coming into contact with the allergen.

 

The researchers in this study measured the amount of dust found in the children’s living room floors and also on their infant mattresses.  They compared the use of mite-impermeable mattress and pillow covers with a control group using a regular cotton mattress and pillow cases.  The researchers also measured serum levels for IgE to isolate common allergens.

The different beddings did not seem to be significant. They measurements between the mite-impermeable and regular bedding was not much different.  It did not seem to affect the levels of children developing asthma.

 

What did make the difference in whether the children developed asthma was how clean the living room floor was.  The children that were the most exposed to microbials on the floor had a lower risk for developing asthma or a wheeze.

Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg in research of allergies.  This research shows that exposure to allergens early in life offers some help in preventing some cases of asthma.  Allergies and asthma are very serious conditions.  If symptoms of wheezing or hives outbreak occur, you should seek medical attention for proper treatment.  If a child is allergic to something you should not force the child to be exposed to the offending allergen.  You should always consult with a doctor about appropriate treatments for allergies.  Some allergies are life threatening.

 
 
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