Cats Increase Risk For
Eczema While Dogs Lower Chance - Babies and Children Exposed To Felines
May Develop Atopic Dermatitis
May 22nd 2006
Researchers from the University of Arizona say that children exposed to
cats soon after birth have an increased risk of developing eczema. Dogs
on the other hand, had a protective effect. According to Eczema.net,
eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions.
One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis. The
condition is sometime called "atopic eczema".
The study which was presented at the American Thoracic Society
International Conference on May 21st, involved 486 children
who were followed since birth. The researchers asked the parents how
many dogs and cats were in the house at the time of birth. They then
came back a year later to determine which children developed eczema.
They found that of the 134 children with cats in the house, 27.6 percent
developed eczema. Of the 286 children without cats, only 17.8 percent