A new study by Johns Hopkins University Of Medicine suggests children, who suffer from mouse allergies who improvement, when living in homes where families are taught how to properly trap mice and clean allergens.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday. It could potentially help scientists and physicians, looking for new ways to reduce symptoms and rates of asthma in Baltimore.
According to city health data, the number of children suffering from asthma is twice as high in the city than the national average. Children living in Baltimore also have the highest hospitalization rate in Maryland.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 6 million children, nationwide suffer from asthma or 8.6 percent.
Mouse allergens are linked to the proteins found in the rodent’s urine and are present in homes in low-income, urban areas, where nearly all children who have asthma are residing, according to prior studies.
Families residing in Boston and Baltimore that have children with an allergy to mice and serious asthma systems participated in the study. One randomly selected group was provided education in preventive measures, while the other group was provided with professional extermination services and preventive education.
At the end of the study, the education-only group was offered professional pest management services.
Researchers found significant improvements in health and reductions in mouse allergen levels. The children exhibited diminished asthma and allergy symptoms, along with fewer trips for medical care.
“Our findings suggest that giving families good instructions about how to reduce the mouse allergens that trigger asthma in their children may be enough to get the job done and, consequently, improve asthma symptoms,” says Dr. Elizabeth Matsui, professor of pediatrics in the school of medicine and the paper’s lead author.
Researchers ended up finding that both groups reduced the allergens in their homes, which in turn lead to substantial improvements in asthma, with and without professional assistance.