Improvements in hygiene and anti microbial agents in developed countries have improved the quality and life expectancy. However, they are not without consequences since it is believed that excess cleaning is linked to an increased incidence of allergic and autoimmune diseases. Hence in the medical community is talking about the hygiene hypothesis.
For example, it is believed that the onset of autoimmune diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis or allergic disease is due to a combination of genetic predisposition, alterations in the immune system and environmental factors. And it is thought that the lower exposure of our organism to infectious microorganisms by modernization and excessive hygiene affects immunity and promotes the development of chronic inflammatory processes.
But that exposure to potential allergens or germs is not a trigger for allergies, does not mean you should avoid hygiene.
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At home, do not obsess with the attempted eradication of any type of germ. Moreover, cleaning products too irritants can cause skin damage. So, sometimes it is almost better to clean with a damp cloth overdo disinfectants.
In fact, a study published in 2013 in the prestigious journal Science said that “exposing children in their early stages of life to germs, viruses and bacteria is better. The team of researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US he found in a study in mice who had been exposed to an environment with germs had less risk of an inflammatory response that could trigger allergies than those who had lived in germ-free environments.
It is also not advisable to shower to the point that becomes an obsession. The overzealous grooming also dries the skin and can also remove the layer of protective fat.
According to epidemiological data those people who are in contact with farm animals and living in rural areas have fewer allergies, which makes us ask whether it would be inappropriate to regain a more natural and more frequent contact with this medium.
For example, a recent study by the University of Turku in Finland, noted that the fact that babies live with pets does not expose them to suffer more allergies. In fact, according to research animals living with hair it seems to protect them.
Finally, very careful with antibiotics. They are not without side effects because they eliminate certain beneficial agents such as intestinal flora that are essential for the proper functioning of the body. Taking antibiotics, in fact, it related to the occurrence of infections in the intimate area and create resistance if abused or taken at times that are not effective as in some viral processes.
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