Oh I wish that I could have a dog in my house and my kids certainly agree. I love dogs so I’ve tried, oh how I’ve tried.
I’ve had my furry “nephew” come visit more than once (Kobi, the golden retriever who also has food allergies) and we’ve taken care of friends’ dogs for weekends while they’re away. I’ve stayed at friends’ houses that have all manner of dogs including the ones that are supposed to be less allergenic (less hair, yes, less saliva, no). I watched with interest as the Obamas picked a Portuguese water dog as their family pet to mitigate their daughter’s allergies. But, alas, my asthma and congestion kicks in every time followed by catching every communicable disease around while my immune system struggles under the load.
But for those of you who don’t have to worry about the asthmatic side of allergies like me, you now have a weapon in your arsenal if you have a family history of eczema in your house and were avoiding a dog because of it. A new study suggests that having a dog can actually reduce the incidence of eczema in children before the age of 4 who were at risk of developing eczema due to family history.
Cats were also included in the study but the news was not so positive. Check out the link at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100930093229.htm
No, Megan, we still cannot have a dog to reduce your eczema but good try.