allergy patterns

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We as Americans have grown up to think that allergies are just a way of life and that they are as common as the common cold. However, many people fail to understand that the United States has the highest percentage of allergy patients. Studies show that the United States is more than 70% more susceptible to some allergies when compared to other nations such as Canada and Mexico. 1 in 5 people in the United States have allergy or asthma symptoms and 55% of Americans’ have one or more allergens. Odds that a child with one parent with an allergy is 33% and if both parents have an allergy the odds of that child ending up diagnosed with an allergy is raised dramatically to 70%. Children who immigrate to the U.S. have a 44% less chance of being diagnosed with an allergy, in most cases this wears off within ten years of being in the U.S.
Our nation spends 7.9 billion dollars each year to healthcare. Number of ER visits each year is at 30,000. If this trend continues to grow we will have to invest more money into both research and treatments to aid diagnosed patients with allergies. Between the years of 1997 to 2008, peanut allergies have tripled in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.
Peanut allergies can be life long and only 20% of people diagnosed with a peanut allergy actually outgrow it. Also, 25%-40% people with a peanut allergy are allergic to tree nuts.
Cows milk is the most common allergy in infants/young children. About 2.5% children younger than 3 years old are allergic to milk. Most children will outgrow a milk allergy. Many do not realize that there is a difference between a milk allergy and being lactose intolerance. Food allergies involve the immune system while lactose intolerance involves a lack of th...

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... from the Greek word “alol” meaning “change in original state.”
Gregg A. Minton published Breathing Space: How Allergens Shape Our Lives and Landscapes. In his book he describes the first two antihistamines in 1948, Benadryl and Pryibenzamine, to hit the market. He states that antihistamines became the third most commonly prescribed class of drug in America.
In 1938, Leukotrienes were discovered and proved to be a major cause of an airway constriction during an allergic reaction or an allergy attack. By the early 1980’s, a Leukotriene antagonist was discovered. Eventually by the early 2000s, the FDA approved Singulair for the use of asthmatics.
In 1967, Immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE) were discovered. Later, it was learned that IgE has a significant role in any allergic response. The FDA approved Xolair in 2003 in which was the first drug to block IgE.

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