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Pet-keeping in early childhood and airway, nose and skin symptoms later in life

By C. G. Bornehag, J. Sundell, L. Hagerhed, S. Janson

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Background: It is discussed whether exposure to pets during childhood is a risk or a protective factor for sensitization and allergic symptoms. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between pet-keeping at time of birth and allergic symptoms in airways, nose and skin among young children in Sweden. Method: A questionnaire was sent to the parents of 14 077 children (1-6 years), the focus being on allergic symptoms, home environment and other background factors including pet-keeping and avoidance behaviour. The response rate was 79

Date 2003
Publication Title Allergy
Volume 58
Issue 9
Pages 939-944
ISBN/ISSN 0105-4538
DOI 10.1034/j.1398-9995.2003.00050.x
Language English
Author Address Swedish National Testing and Research Institute, Boras, Sweden.
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  1. Air
  2. Allergy
  3. Asthma
  4. Children
  5. Developed countries
  6. Europe
  7. Fur
  8. Humans
  9. Mammals
  10. nose
  11. OECD countries
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. Primates
  15. rhinitis
  16. risk
  17. risk factors
  18. Scandinavia
  19. skin
  20. Sweden
  21. wheezing
  1. peer-reviewed