Dear thumb-suckers and nail-biters, don't stop no matter what people tell you

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Thumb-sucking has always seen as an unruly habit. Similarly, nail-biting was viewed as a nervous characteristic. Parents always swatted their toddler's fingers away from their mouths, trying their best as the gate keeper of germs.

Let's bring back these finger-in-the-mouth manners. Apparently, such quirks have 1 crazy benefit.

According to a new study, those who nibble at their nails and suck their thumbs have a lower risk for developing allergies.

"The study was done to test the hygiene hypothesis: the idea that reduced exposure to microbial organisms, in other words increased hygiene, is responsible for the rise in allergic diseases seen over recent decades," said Dr. Bob Hancox, one of the study's directors.

The New Zealand study tracked the habits of 1,000 children born between 1972 and 1973 as they aged. According to the report, the children (with their parents) were questioned at age 5, 7, 9 and 11.

At 13, the kids were tested for allergies. They were tested again at 32.

The results of the tests were remarkable. It showed the risk of developing allergies was reduced by thirty to forty percent for those who bit their nails and sucked their thumbs. The researchers theorized that the children had greater contact to various germs, which entered their bodies, resulting in a boost of their immune systems.

Although more data is required before conclusions can be drawn, hopefully the study leads the way towards serious allergy prevention.

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Condoms, produced with natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, are tested at Natex male condoms plant in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Condoms, produced with natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, are tested at the Natex male condoms plant in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Condoms, produced with natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, are seen at the Natex male condoms plant in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Condoms, produced with natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, are seen at the Natex male condoms plant in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Condoms, produced with natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, are seen at the Natex male condoms plant in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Condoms, produced with natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, are seen at the Natex male condoms plant in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Condoms, produced with natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, are seen at the Natex male condoms plant in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Antonia Marcelino, 51, carries a handmade wooden leg, a symbol of grace, during an annual celebration in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. The leg is an offering to Sao Joao do Guarani (St. John the Guarani), who devotees believe is a saint of the forest and can grant blessings and miracles. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
A youth cuts a friend's hair outside his house, in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
A house stands in the Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Boys play soccer in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Raimundo Mendes de Barros, 71, who has worked as a rubber extractor for 57 years, talks with his wife and children at his house in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Raimundo Mendes de Barros, 71, who has worked as a rubber extractor for 57 years, cuts a Seringueira rubber tree in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
A house stands in the Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Houses stand on the banks of Acre river in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
A devotee rides her horse around a chapel to make an offering to Sao Joao do Guarani (Saint Joao of Guarani) during an annual celebration in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. Devotees believe that Sao Joao do Guarani is a saint of the forest and can grant blessings and miracles. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
A devotee walks on his knees around a chapel to make an offering to Sao Joao do Guarani (Saint Joao of Guarani) during an annual celebration in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. Devotees believe that Sao Joao do Guarani is a saint of the forest and can grant blessings and miracles. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
A devotee prays in front of a statue of Sao Joao do Guarani (Saint Joao of Guarani) during an annual celebration in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. Devotees believe that Sao Joao do Guarani is a saint of the forest and can grant blessings and miracles. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
A Seringueira rubber tree, which is native to the Amazon rainforest, stands in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Raimundo Mendes de Barros, 71, who has worked as a rubber extractor for 57 years, prepares to cut a Seringueira rubber tree in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
A view shows a Natex plant, which produces male condoms made of natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Joao Batista, 43, who has worked as a rubber extractor since his childhood, poses for a photograph in front of a Seringueira rubber tree in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve, in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
Domingos da Conceicao, 54, who has worked as a rubber extractor since his childhood, poses for a photograph in the woods around his home, as he leaves to hunt in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Joao Batista Araujo, 34, who has worked as a rubber extractor since his childhood, poses for a photograph in front of a Seringueira rubber tree in Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve, in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes 
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