Friday, January 6, 2017
ASTHMA: A RESULT OF A TOO CLEAN HOUSE?
I've been having a hard time with Restrictive Airways lately, so I've been researching differences in lung function diseases. I've always thought I had asthma, but this time in spite of horrible coughing and lung congestion slapping me into bed, there wasn't any wheezing. So now I'm confused. The best article I've found so far, although long, seems to be in the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3488995/. From the information on asthma, the most interesting feature was that the Western lifestyle of high standards for extreme hygiene did not give kids the chance to be exposed to allergens and therefore, desensitize them to those allergens. I heard on the radio today that especially meant infants. Now I'm not a good housekeeper. I have lots of allergens in my house--two dogs, four cats, a hamster and lots of dust. Maybe it's to late for me, but hopefully my kids will benefit. My mother's house, however, was so clean you could eat off the floors and I'll bet I did. She made my dogs live in the (heated with Radiant heat) garage and NOT in my bed. At any rate, if this can help any of you, that'd be a good thing. When it's our own kid whose sick, we'll do almost anything to make them better, including cleaning until the house until it shines. Apparently, NIH thinks that leaving a bit of dirt around is a better idea.