Mice worse for asthma than cockroaches
Allergic reactions to mice may be an accurate indicator whether a child develops asthma, according to new research.
Scientists from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) recruited 49 children under the age of four. They first used skin prick and blood tests to determine the children's allergic responses to mice droppings as well as to cockroach exposure. Next, they analyzed how many asthma-related emergency visits the children had over the course of 12 months.
The researchers found that the children with mice allergies had more asthma-related emergencies when compared with children who either had no allergies or who were allergic only to cockroaches.
Researchers said that the findings suggest that mice infestation could raise the risk of asthma flares in children.