Pets protect children from asthma and allergies
Many parents are convinced that cats and dogs put their child at risk of catching allergies or asthma. However, a recent study of physicians from the hospital of Henry Ford in Detroit (Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit) proved the opposite.
The researchers monitored the health of almost 600 children from birth until their 18th birthday. They checked the kids ‘ reaction to all possible allergens, and also questioned them about the presence of the family of animals. In a report published in the journal “Clinical and experimental Allergy” (Clinical and Experimental Allergy), it is reported that four-legged friends are beneficial to the health of adolescents who talked to them in childhood, protecting them from the risk of developing allergies to animals in later life.
The head of research Ganesha Wegienka says: “Our work proves that the first years of a child’s life related to his state of health at an older age and that contact with animals in childhood is not podvergaetsya risk of developing allergic diseases in the future.” Experts believe that the owners of cats and dogs have a higher level of immunity which helps the body resist allergic diseases and asthma. This is due to the fact that Pets bring into the house of bacteria. When a child plays with cats and dogs, they are transferred, change the reaction of the immune system and thus help to protect the body from allergies. According to scientists, children suffer from allergies and asthma because we live in excessive cleanliness.
Most common allergic to cats. The emergence of causal reactions is a protein found in cat saliva, urine, secretions of the sebaceous and anal glands. Protein is the strongest allergen, it is transferred with the help of wool and skin of the animal. Allergen cats flying in the air very long, as attached to fine particles. From time to time the allergen is deposited on the walls and woven materials, but it can also fall on the floor and mixed there with the dust.
Inhaled allergens cause human reaction in a few minutes: redness and irritation of the eyes, itching, sneezing, skin rash, similar to eczema. Experts say that dogs provoke allergies in rare instances. Earlier, scientists from the University of California proved that people who have Pets are less prone to stress, heart attacks, and such a dangerous disease, as negotinska lymphoma (a type of cancer of the lymphatic system).