Some of the simplest tasks can bring great results in the health department of our lives, the journal Pediatrics has found. An important study about the issue has been published in this journal, revealing that those children that live in households where dishes are being washed by hand are not exposed so much to the risk of developing allergies of allergy-related illnesses. The theory on which the study is based on is known as the hygiene hypothesis that is based on those cases when children raised in sanitized environments and are less likely to develop an immune tolerance to trivial threats.
The study has been made in two areas located in Sweden, on 1029 kids of seven and eight years old, based on a questionnaire about asthma, eczema and rhinoconjuctivitis. The questions have been especially picked for this survey from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood questionnaire.
Those children that have been constantly exposed to dish washing have been associated less with the possibility of developing allergies. Furthermore, those who lived in families that preferred or had the possibility of eating fermented food or food bought directly from farms have shown a further reduced chance of developing allergies. Hay fever is also a disease that responds to these triggers.
Microbial exposure is the key to this issue and the study shows well how the more children are exposed to this situation, the more they are healthy and less allergic. Further on, the immunologic tolerance during their early life can be induced and sustained gracefully. This information has been stated by Bill Hesselmar, an assistant professor at the University of Gothenburg and lead author of the study.
“It’s an interesting finding and very surprising. But we have to see if we can confirm it.”
Another competent statement has been given by David Rosenstreich, chief of the division of the allergy and immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center and he told CBS News what his point of view is regarding the matter.
“The whole idea is that humans and all mammals live in homeostasis with all their bacteria in their lungs, skin and GI tract. Having a lot of different bacteria growing inside you tends to stimulate the immune system and makes things stronger.”
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