Early Food Allergen Exposure May Be Protective Against Food Allergies: An Extension Of The Hygiene Hypothesis

@article{Yu2010EarlyFA,
  title={Early Food Allergen Exposure May Be Protective Against Food Allergies: An Extension Of The Hygiene Hypothesis},
  author={Zizi Yu and Deborah A. Day and Andreas Connal-Nicolaou and F. Enders},
  journal={The Internet Journal of Epidemiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={10}
}
Background and Objective: Food allergy affects 6% of U.S. children and 4% of the overall U.S. population. Health officials have recommended food allergen avoidance to prevent food allergies, but according to the Hygiene Hypothesis, exposure to allergens and pathogens is necessary for an effective immune system. The purpose of this study was to challenge conventions and determine whether early exposure might be beneficial rather than detrimental. Participants: 258 teenagers between the ages of… Expand
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