Increase in Children’s Allergies

A recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that food and skin allergies among children have been rising for more than a decade. Since 1997, food allergies among children have risen from 3.4 percent to 5.1 percent and skin allergies have jumped from 7.4 percent to 12.5 percent.

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Different factors seemed to play into the study’s results including race ad socioeconomics. For example, Hispanic children were the least prone to develop skin allergies while children of African descent suffered from skin allergies more often than Caucasians. The latter, however, are at higher risk of respiratory problems.

Differences in family income levels were also a factor. Affluent families had a higher incidence of allergies than poorer households. Age played a role in the results, too. Younger children, age 5 or less, proved to be more prone to skin allergies.

Allergy can manifest in childhood in many ways including through itchy, disfiguring eczema; asthma and severe respiratory allergies; and sometimes through life-threatening food allergies.

It is not known what accounts for the jump in allergies in recent years. Possible factors include the Hygiene Hypothesis which suggests that youth are not being exposed to enough germs to develop a healthy immune system. It is also believed that the Western diet—high in sugar and calories—is making youth more susceptible to food allergies.

Whatever the cause, there is hope for young allergy sufferers. Family Allergy Clinic has a child-friendly solution for allergies known as sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). SLIT is a breakthrough in shot-free, pain-free allergy treatment, offering oral drops that are prescribed by a physician but taken in the comfort of home. SLIT works a lot like allergy shots except that the allergy serum absorbs into the bloodstream through cells in the mouth instead of being injected into the skin. And not only is SLIT highly effective, it’s also safer than allergy shots, making it a prime choice for young allergy-sufferers.

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