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HHS HealthBeat (September 6, 2011)

Sneeze and bark

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Can sneezers and barkers live in the same house? People who are allergic to dog dander but who love dogs might want a dog that’s hypoallergenic, which means it won’t create as many allergy-triggering particles.   

Good luck with that. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit collected dust samples from homes with breeds that have been considered hypoallergenic and breeds that were not. They found no difference in allergen levels.

Researcher Christine Cole Johnson:

``Based on our study, and also based on some previous studies of dogs, there doesn’t seem to be a hypoallergenic breed of dog.’’ (7 seconds)

She says allergic reaction will vary with the individual person – and the individual dog.

The study in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: September 6, 2011