Clean House Causing the Sniffles
We've had a rough allergy season so far in the Philadelphia area. Many of my friends have been complaining that their allergy symptoms are worse than ever. My roommate Meg has had an itchy throat and stuffy nose for weeks. According to a recent CNN article, trees have been blossoming and shedding pollen earlier this year, causing these early symptoms. The article also cites Philadelphia as the sixth worst place in the nation to have allergies.
Another article in Science Daily is attributing increasing allergy symptoms to the excessive cleanliness of homes (which I know isn't the reason why Meg's allergies have been worse--I wouldn't say our place is "excessively clean"--but oh well). The director of Laboratory for Allergy Research in Montreal says our limited exposure to bacteria could be raising the occurrence of allergy symptoms.
"The more sterile the environment a child lives in, the higher the risk he or she will develop allergies or an immune problem in their lifetime," said Dr. Guy Delespesse, a professor at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine.