Friday, October 3, 2008

Young children are more likely to develop multiple allergies

… later in life, when they are exposed to fungal spores that are “abundant in the air that we breathe every day” according to University of Cincinnati researchers.

They found that infants who were exposed to basidiospores and other airborne fungal spores (called penicillium/aspergillus and alternaria) early in life were more likely to develop allergies to mold, pollen, dust mites, pet dander and certain foods as they grew older.

That finding is worth reading twice.

“Because mold exists naturally in the outdoors, it’s very difficult to completely remove mold spores from the air," concluded Melissa Osborne, a graduate of the university’s environmental and occupational hygiene program and the lead author of the study.

(Yet it is not as difficult to remove most of those spores in your home than outdoors.)

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