publication . Article . 2005

Questionnaire-based Study on the Relationship between Pet-keeping and Allergic Diseases in Young Children in Japan

Toshiyuki Fukao; Osamu Fukutomi; Kouichiro Hirayama; Takahide Teramoto; Hideo Kaneko; Masashi Kondo; Eiko Matsui; Naomi Kondo;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2005 Journal: Allergology International, issue 4, pages 521-526 (issn: 13238930, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Japanese Society of Allergology. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V.
ABSTRACT Background It is still unclear how early exposure to pets is related to the risk of developing atopy-related diseases in children. There are few reports on this pet-allergy relationship in Japan although much controversial data have been reported in Europe and the USA. Methods A questionnaire on pet-keeping and allergic diseases was distributed to parents of children 3-6 years of age who belonged to 4 kindergarten and 2 nursery schools in Gifu city and surrounding areas. A total of 1185 questionnaires were analyzed statistically. Results Bronchial asthma (11.6%), atopic dermatitis (16.5%), and allergic rhinitis (16.5%) were reported. Dogs, cats, hamster...
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