Zoonotic helminth exposure and risk of allergic diseases: A study of two generations in Norway

Exposure to helminths was associated with increased odds of allergic manifestations in a Norwegian cohort. Risk factors for allergy might effect different generations separately.

INTESTINAL WORMS: Helmints (Toxocaca Canis) are associated with allergies in young people. Copyright : Colourbox

Zoonotic helminth exposure in Norway was less frequent in offspring than parents; however, helmith seropositivity was associated with increased risk of allergic manifestations in the offspring generation, but not among parents. Changes in response to helminth exposure may provide insights into the increase in allergy incidence in affluent countries.

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