Allergies are something that millions of people are affected by and unfortunately many allergies are not treatable or preventable. Currently most allergy medications simply treat the symptoms from allergies but researchers have found that there might actually be a way to reduce how likely a child is to be affected by allergies later in life.
The research released today by a U.S. based analysis firm shows that exposing children to pets in particular reduce the odds of them developing any sort of pet allergy in life. Obviously this is simply based upon reported cases but medical researchers say that this could theoretically be expanded to other allergies that affect so many people.
According to the report children are 50% less likely to be affected by pet allergies when they grow up around a pet in the first year of life. This is a surprising discovery according to many doctors who believed allergies were not developed but rather that children were simply born with allergies. Of course this research is only in a preliminary state but doctors are hopeful that it could make some significant advancements in childhood allergy research and possibly medication.
No word yet on if this same idea will apply to other allergens such as pollen or grass but many analysts say it is likely that the same principles will apply. Because all allergens affect the body in similar ways early exposure might simply be the best and easiest way to minimize the effect of allergies for children.