The study claims race, age and wealth are factors directly influencing the type of allergies children suffer.
(Image source: Thanks Again ) BY ELISA LOPEZ AGUADO Children in the U.S. are more allergic than ever. Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed prevalence of food and skin allergies have increased from 3.4 percent to 5.1 percent in little more than a decade. The CDC Health Statistics showed the following: - Younger children & black children are likely to suffer skin allergies - Older children & white children are likely to have respiratory allergies - Hispanic children show lower prevalence of food, skin and respiratory allergies The study also proved children from higher income level families have the highest prevalence rates of allergies. A Chicago-based-allergist told NBC she has personally seen an increasing number of children with “allergies triggered by food, such as eggs, or nuts or shellfish, or by pollution, diesel fumes, dust or even mice and cockroaches.” And that immunotherapy is one of the most successful treatments for allergic diseases. While the reason for the increase isn’t clear, Times Union reports it could be due to a greater awareness of allergies or even because of the “hygiene hypothesis” — which says children living in societies that are “too clean” can hinder their immune system development. Another study published Monday suggested children born in the U.S. were more allergic than those who moved to the country. My Health Daily News reports the reasons are also unknown and need greater investigation.