• By Ian Roth

Mayo Clinic Minute: Allergies and the cleanliness conundrum

June 6, 2017

a person pushing down the pump on a liquid soap dispenser and catching it in the other handThe number of people dealing with allergic diseases has been growing steadily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health care providers at Mayo Clinic. While the phenomenon often is referred to as an allergy epidemic, the reason for the increase in allergies is not entirely clear.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Rohit Divekar, an allergy and immunology specialist, and Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases specialist ─ both at Mayo Clinic ─ explain the hygiene hypothesis and why society becoming increasingly clean could be to blame. Ian Roth reports.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1:00) is in the downloads. Read the script.

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