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Exposure to pets in childhood may not result in allergies

Many people suffer from pet dander allergies, and it was once thought that exposure to animals at a young age caused the life-long reaction. However, new research suggests otherwise and may have parents rethinking how they expose their kids to pets.

A study recently published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy showed that exposure to cats and dogs does not raise a child's chances of becoming allergic to pets. Researchers followed 565 people from infancy to 18 years of age to examine how they reacted to pets in their households.

At the end of the study, experts collected blood samples in the participants to measure the levels of antibodies in their systems. They discovered that being exposed to these pets within the first year of life may reduce the risk of developing certain allergies.

Individuals who suffer from allergic reactions as a result of pet dander are encouraged to vacuum regularly. Utilizing an air purifier with a HEPA filter can also be beneficial at home.

The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter capable of removing pet dander from up to 900 square feet of space. The air purifier can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size to make it easier to breathe.