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Too Much Hygiene May Affect Immune System, Study Suggest

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Antimicrobial used in many products such as soaps, toothpaste tied to raised allergy risks in kids

Excerpts from a November 29, 2010 Health Day news item by Robert Priedt

MONDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) — Children and teens who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps that contain the chemical triclosan may be at increased risk for hay fever and other allergies, a finding that suggests that being too clean can actually make people sick, researchers say.

The study also found that exposure to higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) may weaken an adult’s immune system.

Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent widely used in products such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, medical devices and diaper bags. BPA, which is used to make many types of plastics and other consumer products, is believed to affect human hormones….

…The study findings are published in the Nov. 30 online edition of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

 

 

 


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