Study suggests dishwasher allergy link
A new study carried out by researchers in Sweden has suggested that there may be a link between dishwashers and childhood allergies.
According to research conducted by a team of three academics and recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, children living in households where dishes are cleaned by hand may be at lower risk of developing asthma.
"We have only tested an association between dishwashing methods and risk of allergy, but the findings fit well with the hygiene hypothesis," said Dr Bill Hesselmar, the report's lead author and associate professor of allergy at the Queen Silvia Children's Hospital in Gothenburg.
"And there are studies showing that hand dishwashing very often is less effective than machine dishwashing in reducing bacterial content," he added.
However, Dr Hesselmar stressed that the findings could not be considered definitive proof of such a connection between dishwasher use and allergy-related health conditions.