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Study Shows Possible Benefits of Allergy Exposure in Infancy

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new study has some surprising findings about the risk factors for allergy and asthma in infants.

Study author Dr. Robert Wood took a closer look at infants living in the inner city.

“Certain allergens that are present in the inner city in high concentrations, most commonly cockroach and mouse, were likely to be factors that would lead to the development of allergies and asthma,” he says. “What we found was the complete opposite.”

Wood says they found the infants exposed to rodent and pet dander during the first year of life appeared less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma.

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