It is well known that more and more Americans are suffering from serious allergies and that the number of allergy sufferers is on the rise. However what many people don’t know is exactly why the number of allergy sufferers is rising or what the cause of this complaint could be.
Theories on the Allergy Epidemic
There are several theories that surround what is often referred to as America’s allergy epidemic. Some researcher have suggested, for example, that there isn’t actually such a huge increase in allergy sufferers, rather that greater allergy awareness has led to more people coming forward with allergy symptoms. However this seems rather unlikely, as whilst it might account for a small increase, it simply wouldn’t account for all of the many new allergy sufferers.
Other theories include what is known as the ‘hygiene hypothesis’. This is a theory that poses that changes to our environment and a wider understanding and avoidance of what is considered to be poor hygiene means that we are now exposed to fewer variety of germs during our early formative years. This means that our immune system doesn’t have to form so robustly, and therefore puts us at greater risk of developing food allergies, dust allergies and other common environmental allergies as well.
Finally, another theory that is getting widespread media coverage suggests that increased allergy numbers are actually the result of infants being weaned too early (before they are 6 months old) and this causing, as a side effect, an increase in food allergies in children. These allergies can often continue through to adulthood.
Getting Help and Further Reading
Whatever the cause, allergies are now a very real problem for more than 50 million people in the United States alone. If you are suffering from allergies then it is important to know that you are not alone and that with a more informed network of medical professionals, help is available to help reduce your symptoms as much as possible.
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Article by Guest Author Laura Barker
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