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Dogs and Cats Affect Human Allergies Differently

A recent article posted on UPI.com had an interesting story about how dogs and cats have different effects on human allergies.

Apparently, children that are allergic to dogs should be exposed to them at a young age, whereas children that are allergic to cats should not be exposed to cats at a young age. See their findings:

The researchers found that children who tested positive for dog allergies were less likely to develop eczema by age 4 if they owned a dog before the age of 1.

But unlike dog ownership, cat ownership seemed to have a negative effect on children with cat allergies.

“Children who owned a cat before age 1 year and were allergic to cats based on a skin allergy test were 13 times more likely to develop eczema by age 4,” Dr. Tolly Epstein said.

This is definitely important to consider for pet-loving parents of children who are prone to getting eczema.

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