If it seems that your allergies just get worse and worse every year, a new study from the United Kingdom’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) suggests you might be onto something. According to the study data, hospitals operated by the UK National Health Service (NHS) saw a nearly eight percent increase in admissions for allergies in the past 12 months, of which 62 percent were classified as emergencies. The year before, only 56 percent of allergy hospital visits were emergencies, which means that allergy in the UK is becoming both more common and possibly more dangerous.
This confirms the findings of several other studies, which all indicate that the prevalence of allergies (food, perennial and seasonal) has been on the rise around the world for more than a decade. While many theories exist to explain this phenomenon, no one is totally sure what’s behind this increase.
What alarms us most about the data isn’t the rise in allergy prevalence – we’ve known that – it’s that emergency admissions are rising with it. There’s so much more in the media and online about better allergy diagnosis andRead More