Risk of allergies in kids is increased by phthalates

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Allergies

Researchers say that phthalates increase the risk of kids getting allergies.

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Phthalates are chemicals which are used in plastics as plasticizers. The risk of allergies in kids has been observed to be increased by exposure to phthalates.

Allergies are terribly disturbing. A good natural way to treat allergies is with probiotics. Simply being exposed to pets may lower the risk of allergies to begin with. It may also help to try to avoid phthalates.

When there is heavy exposure to phthalates during pregnancy and breastfeeding there may be epigenetic modifications in kids

The Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research - UFZ reports that it has been demonstrated that when there is heavy exposure to phthalates during pregnancy and breastfeeding there may be epigenetic modifications in kids.

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Risk of allergies in children is significantly increased by exposure to phthalates

The risk of allergies in children is significantly increased by exposure to phthalates. In our daily lives we come into contact with many plastics which contain plasticizers. Plasticizers, which include phthalates, are used in the processing of plastics to make these products more flexible.

Phthalates can invade our bodies via the skin, foodstuffs or even respiration

Our bodies can be invaded with phthalates via the skin, foodstuffs or even respiration. UFZ environmental immunologist Dr Tobias Polte sayss it has become well known that our hormone system is affected by phthalates. This can result in a negative effect on our metabolism or fertility. This new study shows that phthalates may also interfere with the immune system and can increase the risk of developing allergies significantly.

In the study the urine of pregnant women was studied for the presence of metabolites of phthalates. It was observed that there was a relationship found between increased concentrations of the metabolite of benzylbutylphthalate (BBP) in the urine of the mothers and the presence of allergic asthma in their kids, according to Dr Irina Lehmann, who has headed the study.

This study has been published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. It has been demonstrated in this study that maternal exposure to phthalates is a risk factor for the development of asthma in subsequent generations. It seems wise for women planning to conceive and for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to attempt to avoid exposure to phthalates.

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