Always struggled with asthma and allergies? It might be your toothpaste
It's no secret that the allergies have exploded in commonality in the recent past. Whether it's diet or environment it seems that everyone is allergic to something these days, and scientists have been working hard to discover the reason behind this serious uptick.
But researchers in Norway might have found the missing link. Through research entitled the Norwegian Environment and Childhood Asthma Study, these researchers were able to identify an antibacterial chemical called triclosan that might be responsible for causing allergies.
The study was conducted by the Norwegian Department of Public Health. They analyzed 623 urine samples for allergy-related compounds as well as triclosan levels. According to the researchers, the two are related.
This antibacterial chemical is most commonly used in toothpaste and cosmetics, but the researchers noted that this compound is absorbed readily through mucous membranes in the mouth, whereas it is not soaked up as easily by the skin.
In the report, the Norwegian Department of Public Health stated, "Triclosan can change the bacterial flora on the skin, in the mouth and in the intestines. A change in the bacterial composition of "good" bacteria can cause an increased risk of developing allergies (hygiene hypothesis). Therefore, increased use of triclosan and antibacterial products has generally been associated with an increased incidence of allergies."
While scientists are still searching for a definitive cause and cure for allergies, this study could be a big step in the right direction. If you're suffering from allergies, regardless of the cause, remember that certain changes within your home can help to ease your symptoms. Try using an air humidifier at home and a car cabin air filter in your vehicle.