How common is Allergy?

How common is Allergy?

We know by now that we need to eat the right foods, need to work out, and do stuff that is healthy for us. Because maintaining good health does not happen by accident, it requires work and smart lifestyle choices. But sometimes when we wake up at 6 am to hit the gym before work or shunning the donuts in breakfast, it’s easy to lose sight of for what are we doing all these. So here are some top articles choices that can keep you motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep diseases at bay.

How common is Allergy?

The incidence and prevalence of many diseases has increased worldwide, especially in the Western world in the last few decades including allergic diseases. Certain allergic disorders such as asthma and atopic dermatitis have been increasing more rapidly than other conditions due to rapid industrialization. The incidence of atopic disorders has been low in developing countries. Industrialization is one of the major contributors of increase in allergic disorders.

The causes of increase in allergic disorders, especially rapid increase in some allergic disorders are many. The major or principle cause of allergic disorder is genetic susceptibility, although other factors such as environmental factors also play a larger role and in rapid increase in incidence of allergic disorders, the environmental factors are playing important role. For example the increase in atopy has occurred in too short time that, the increase can not be explained with genetic change of population in short time, hence the point is toward environmental factors such as change in lifestyle.

There have been many hypotheses and postulations for the increase incidence and prevalence of allergic disorders across the globe and many experts are trying to explain the reason of increase in different ways. Whatever may be the cause of increase in the incidence of allergy, the fact is that it is increasing and it is a great health concern for all of us.

Examples of some of the allergic disorders in United States will make the picture clearer about how common are allergic disorders in general, which are given below:

Allergic rhinitis:

More than 35 millions of Americans suffer from the disease which is more than 10% of total population.


Approximately 10 million Americans have asthma and blacks have higher prevalence of asthma than whites.

Atopic dermatitis or eczema:

Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from eczema or atopic dermatitis. The prevalence of eczema or atopic dermatitis is increasing among children too.

Food allergy:

Approximately 3-4% of Americans have allergy to some food item and among the food items peanut or tree nut allergy are most common.

Many people are also allergic to many other substances such as drug, insect venom etc. which individually may not contribute, but together can affect millions of individuals.

Multiple allergies:

It is estimated that more than 2 million individuals in United States have allergy to more than one substance or have more than one allergic disorder, such as asthma, eczema, allergic rhinitis etc.

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