Is it true that the number of people with allergies is increasing?

I heard that more people are being diagnosed with alleges, such as nut allergies. Is there any really understanding of why this is?

Authored By Becky Archer on Friday 2nd November 2012

Responses

Alicia Pawluk
·
Medical Student - St. Andrew
·
Posted about 7 years ago

There are a few theories regarding the increased prevalence of allergies. I believe that the most commonly accepted is the Hygiene Hypothesis.

There is a

Respond
Mary
·
Medical Student
·
Posted almost 7 years ago

Well this could be because some people claim to have allergies and if you ask further questions you realize they actually don't. For example a patient said they were allergic to nuts and after asking what kind of reaction she has she said "the

Like
(1)
Respond
Alasdair Langstaff
·
Posted about 7 years ago

There is very little if any conclusive evidence to support a conclusive increase in allergens. As has been said already exposure rates with growing food supply chains and increased food options are a large part of this. The number of different foods th

Like
(1)
Respond
Sheilla Pinjani
·
Other Medical Professional
·
Posted about 7 years ago

Other view point is deviation from living close to nature and mixing different types of food increases the chances of allergies. Look at some of the naturopathic principles

Like
(0)
Respond

Hypersensitivity reactions

- The pathophysiology of different hypersensitivity reactions.
10
580
Trending

Cranial Nerves - Anatomy, Clinical Signs and Study Tips

- This is a teaching resource that aids the student in memorisation of the Cranial Nerves, their anatomical path and function. Additionally, it stimulates a clinical approach to the functions of t...
1175
38917

Allergy

-   Allergy – Inappropriate immune response to normally harmless allergen. Allergen – Foreign particles which produce an IgE-mediated hypersensitivity reaction in sensitive individuals.
3
188

Scratch 'n Sneeze - Science of Allergies - The Naked Scientists

- Naked Scientists - 21st May 2011 - Scratch 'n Sneeze - Science of Allergies
2
50

Mycotoxins, Allergies, and Quackery (Fungal Infections - Lesson 3)

- A review of the adverse effects of fungal mycotoxins, allergic disorders triggered by fungal exposure (including ABPA), and the quackery and pseudoscience co...
1
48

Blood test predicts severity of peanut and seafood allergies

- A new blood test promises to predict which people will have severe allergic reactions to foods according to a new study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published online in the The Annals of...
0
17

Eating peanuts during infancy may protect against allergy

- A new study suggests eating peanuts regularly before the age of 11 months can protect most babies at high risk of developing peanut allergy.
0
16

'Fewer allergies among children in dishwasher-free homes'

- Supporting the much-discussed 'hygiene hypothesis,' a new study suggests that children in families without dishwashers are significantly less prone to allergies and eczema.
0
27

Immune cells commit suicide to prevent allergy

- Scientists from the CNRS, INSERM and Université de Limoges, working in the Laboratoire Contrôle de la Réponse Immune B et Lymphoproliférations (CNRS/Université de Limoges)1 have...
0
9

Allergy myths are alive and well

- People who suffer from allergies want to keep up-to-date on the latest information regarding treatment, but it's not always easy.
1
20