Are Allergies on the Rise?

by Tamara Hanson on April 30, 2017

Our body has the amazing ability to fight off any unwanted invaders that try to create havoc in our health and our lives, including the ability to fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi. We really do have an amazing system. However, sometimes our body gets a hold of something and reacts to it in a way that puts it into a state of defending itself. Things like dust, pollen, and foods can make our bodies react in a certain way. When a situation like this happens, it is called an allergy.

According to the CDC, 5 out of 100 children have a food allergy, which is an 18 percent increase between 1997 to 2007.

But why? While researchers try to uncover the causes for the increase of food allergies, there are some key factors with regards to allergic reactions to foods:

  • 50 percent of food allergies include things like dairy, eggs, peanuts and other nuts, shellfish, soy, and wheat.
  • Food allergies do not happen only in childhood. They can happen to an adult without any given warning.
  • If one or both parents have an allergy, the chances of the child getting an allergy increases. This also includes asthma and eczema.
  • Children who have allergies have a higher chance of getting asthma or another allergy.
  • Fish, shellfish, peanuts, and other nut allergies have been known to last a person’s entire life. Dairy, egg and soy are usually outgrown the older a person gets.
  • There is no known cure for allergies.

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