46600026A study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, has shown that dichlorophenol exposure is associated with an increased risk of food allergies. Dichorophenol is found in pesticides and is used to chlorinate water. Data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006 was used in this study. Dichlorophenol levels were measured in the urine of 2,211 participants and about 400 participants were found to have a food allergy and around 1,000 participants had an environmental allergy. Individuals with the highest dichlorophenol levels were more likely to have an allergy compared to those with lower levels. What measures do you take to reduce exposure to pesticides in your life?

For more information, please read the abstract in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

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