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Infant Fevers Reduce Allergy Risk

Infants who experience fevers before their first birthday are less likely to develop allergies by ages six or seven, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study lends support to the well-known "hygiene hypothesis," which contends that early exposure to infections might protect children against allergic diseases in later years. The hygiene hypothesis has also been linked to other conditions such as asthma and eczema.

EurekAlert! February 9, 2004

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