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Being Too Clean Can Make You Sick

If you were overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing triclosan when you were young, you could suffer more allergies. Triclosan is a chemical compound widely used in antibacterial products such as soaps, toothpaste, pens, diaper bags and medical devices.

Researchers also found that people younger than 19 with high levels of triclosan in their blood were more likely to report allergies and hay fever.

Medical News Today reports:

“The triclosan findings in the younger age groups may support the 'hygiene hypothesis,' which maintains living in very clean and hygienic environments may impact our exposure to micro-organisms that are beneficial for development of the immune system ... [T]riclosan may play a role in changing the micro-organisms to which we are exposed in such a way that our immune system development in childhood is affected.”

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