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Link between cats and infant eczema

June 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
If you've got a cat and your newborn tends to break out with eczema researchers say genetics plus your furry feline may be to blame.Some babies carry a gene that prevents the skin from creating a protective protein.

Children with this mutation are twice as likely to get an allergic rash than those without the mutation.

Having a cat in the house increases the risk of eczema even further. But for kids without the defective gene, cat ownership did not increase the risk of getting this skin disorder.


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