A product named Tide and its derivatives are already making headlines because of the way they can kill your immune system, particularly if you use them for more than a few weeks.
A recent study in The Lancet journal found that, among people who used Tide laundry detergents daily, the more frequently they were used, the higher their risk of developing allergies.
But the authors caution that more research is needed.
It’s a complex issue.
“It’s a lot of questions, a lot more than what we can answer with a simple study,” said Dr. Sarah Bremner, director of the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“I think it’s a real concern.
There’s not really a simple answer, it’s just a lot to answer.”
And that’s exactly the issue that Bremners team is trying to address.
In a study published in the journal Allergy & Infectious Diseases, the researchers found that people who had been using Tide laundry products daily for a year or more had a higher risk of contracting an allergic reaction than those who used them less frequently.
In addition, people who were more likely to have a reaction were also more likely than people who didn’t have an allergy to suffer from the allergic reaction itself.
The researchers noted that, overall, the research is preliminary and there’s a way to be certain, but “we do have a very strong suspicion that we’re getting a real picture,” said Bremers team’s lead author, Dr. Tanya Ruhlman, a dermatologist at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
She said she hopes to see the study in more clinical settings, so more people will get tested.
“We’re going to have to wait for more studies to confirm this,” she said.
“And there are a lot that we know that we don’t know about.”
One study looked at people with an allergy and found that those who had used the detergent for more time had a 50 percent greater risk of catching an allergic response, compared to people who never used Tide detergens.
“That’s a significant increase,” said Ruhls team’s co-author, Dr