Does A Dog Really Cure Your Asthma?

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics study about dogs and asthma needs some more research before people should use it to justify getting a dog, a Long Island asthma physician says. Asthma is triggered by many factors, including pet dander and possibly genetics, said Harvey Miller, MD, asthma physician at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. The JAMA Pediatrics study found that exposure to a dog within a child’s first year of life might help the child avoid getting asthma. The thought behind that is that being exposed to these allergens may help the child develop immunity toward them.

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