New research was released in recent days, which found that anyone who lives on or near a farm has a reduced risk of developing an allergy.
The research was carried out by the UK medical journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and found that exposure to farm environments as a child or adult, reduced the “risk of atopic sensitisation” or allergies in layman’s terms.
The study was carried out on 2443 adults aged between 20 and 72 in rural areas in the Netherlands, with the results finding that those who lived within 327metres of a farm had much lower odds of developing an allergy, than those living over 527metres away.
The study also found that those living closest to livestock were also at less risk than those who were not. It said, “The associations between atopy and livestock farm exposure were somewhat stronger in subjects who grew up on a farm”.
The conclusion was straight forwards, living in close proximity to livestock farms “seems” to protect against allergy development.
“This study provides evidence that protective effects of early-life and adult farm exposures may extend beyond farming populations.” - It concluded.