Hand washing dishes may prevent allergies in kids

February 24, 2015 1:15 PM

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Hand washing dishes may prevent allergies in kids

For millions of people, allergies are at best a nuisance and at worst a serious health concern. Their cause (or at least their increased prevalence) is something of a mystery, but a new Swedish study has found yet another factor that may hinder their development in children: Washing dishes with good, old-fashioned elbow grease.

“If you are exposed to microbes, especially early in life, you stimulate the immune system in various ways and it becomes tolerant,” says study author Dr. Bill Hesselmar of Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. “We thought [hand washing dishes] might be important, but we didn’t kno...

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