Thursday, February 11, 2016
Growing up on a farm provides protection against asthma and allergies
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If you've ever dealt with dust or pollen allergies, you know what it feels like taking the effort to go outside on a breezy summer day. If you forget your allergy medicine, you're most likely screwed, sneezing every minute with your head congestion causing extreme discomfort and inability to fully enjoy the outdoors. Well have no fear! There might be a cure for your allergies in future years because of the research currently being conducted.
Researchers in Belgium have been studying children who live on farms to see if they could find out why they aren't as susceptible to dust allergies as children who aren't raised on farms. Turns out, that there is a protein in respiratory tracts (in which mucous is produced) that protects reactions to house mite dust and farm dust. This protein is called the A20 protein.
This discovery reminds me of what we talked about in our health class, how environment effects your health. Kids who grew up on farms had activated proteins that allow them not to act as severely to allergies as those of us who live in more urban areas.
What these researchers are doing has opened up the possibility of developing asthma and allergy vaccines and therapies.
My questions for you readers:
How successful do you think vaccines would be with the research that they have now?
For those of you with allergies, how many of you wouldn't think twice about trying an allergy vaccine? I certainly would take the chance.