Study: Man’s best friend may be the key to preventing allergies

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

While many families use antimicrobial soap, hand sanitizer and household disinfectants, some experts say your house may be too clean.

Some doctors say it may be linked to the rise of allergies and asthma in children.

However, they have a surprising solution that challenges conventional wisdom.

For years, parents were not to have pets in the house if they didn’t want their child to be allergic to the pet hair.

New research shows that the opposite may be true.

Exposure to man’s best friend might be the antidote.

Christine Cole Johnson, Ph.D., a researcher, said, “The immune system is not learning appropriately how to handle those exposures and not as good at distinguishing what’s good and what’s bad.”

Doctors say if you are trying to prevent flu and other viruses, washing your hands is still the best policy.

When it comes to allergies, exposure to the family pet is not a bad thing.