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The Truth About Allergies: 20 Stats On How They're Changing In 2018

Moms who are concerned about childhood allergies can benefit from reading up on the latest allergy stats and facts for this year. By educating themselves in advance, moms can have the right tools to help their children deal with allergic conditions. Of course, Moms may suffer from allergies too, as allergic conditions tend to run in families.

Symptoms of allergies in children include sneezing, runny noses, itchy noses, nasal congestion and postnasal drip. Kids who have allergies may also have red, watery and itchy eyes, as well as problems with their ears.

Allergies are harmful immune responses to substances, such as pollen, dust, specific foods or fur. When a harmful immune response begins, it's a sign of hypersensitivity to a substance or more than one substance.

In every classroom, there are least a couple of kids who have allergies. Allergies are a big problem as the allergy symptoms that kids experience may make them miserable and negatively impact their academic performance, extracurricular activity performance and social lives.

Now, we'd like to share factual information about how allergies are changing in 2018. Once Moms read up on the latest news, their knowledge of modern-day allergy facts will allow them to take good care of their sons and daughters.

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20 Teachers May Mistake Allergies for ADHD

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Kids who are dealing with allergy symptoms, including runny noses, itchy eyes and sneezing, may experience mental fog which makes it hard for them to keep up with other students. According to Healthline.com, teachers sometimes mistake allergy symptoms for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

While the health risks of allergies aren't generally serious, unless they trigger breathing problems, they have the capacity to impair the thinking and concentration of students. This is why children with untreated allergies need to get help from family physicians or from specialists, such as allergists.

Teachers need to be aware that kids who only have problems in class during high pollen count months may not have ADHD.

19 Red Meat Allergies May Pose Risk To Heart Health

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According to Medical News Today, allergies to red meat are more common than a lot of people realize. Unfortunately, a red meat allergy may trigger an immune response that boosts the risk of heart disease.

We all know that there is a downside to eating red meat. Indulging in red meat is believed to increase the odds of developing stroke, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

The primary allergen in red meat is a complex sugar, "alpha-gal".

An allergy to red meat may happen in childhood, the teen years or adulthood. Also, you should know that people who are allergic to specific types of meat tend to be allergic to other meats, too.

18 Oral Immunotherapy is Helping Kids with Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe form of allergic reaction, according to Food Allergy Canada. A new Japanese study shows that children with peanut allergies, which are serious enough to cause anaphylaxis, may be helped via immunotherapy.

In a study published on March 30th, 2018, a group of children with peanut-related anaphylaxis were given gradually-increasing doses of peanut powder. Twelve months later, they were fed measured doses of peanut powder. The process of introducing small amounts of allergens is what immunotherapy is all about.

At the conclusion of the study, researchers recognized that 8 out of 24 children who participated in the study didn't react to peanuts the same scary way that they used to.

17 A Long Winter Can Cause Harsh Allergies In The Spring

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According to Live Science, the long and harsh winter of 2017/2018 set the stage for a "pollen eruption" this spring. When a winter is unusually long, trees tend to bloom later than average. When the weather finally gets warmer, trees and grasses bloom at the same time, rather than one at a time. This means much bigger amounts of tree and grass pollen in the air.

Kids and adults who are allergic to tree and grass pollen probably experienced more allergic symptoms this spring, which is unfortunate.

Allergies aren't curable, but they are manageable. Medication, avoidance of allergens and allergy shots (immunotherapy) are common treatment options for children and adults.

16 Tick Bites May Trigger Allergies

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We talked about red meat allergies earlier on in this article. What we didn't mention was that tick bites may spark the development of red meat allergies. According to CBS News, illnesses which are "tick-borne" have doubled over the past few years. Ticks are emerging in greater numbers all over America and Canada.

If you want to help your child avoid a red meat allergy, in addition to another tick-related health issue, Lyme Disease, be sure to protect your son or daughter. While he or she is outside, your child should wear pants and shirts with long sleeves. Pants should be tucked into shoes or socks/boots. Hair should be pulled back. Insect repellent is also important.

15 Climate Change May be Worsening Allergy Symptoms

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According to National Geographic, allergy sufferers should beware of climate change, as it's probably worsening their allergy symptoms...or will make their symptoms worse in the future.

There's really nothing good about climate change and climate change deniers who do have allergies may find that their allergy symptoms get worse over time, because there is a very great likelihood that climate change is real. Just ask Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

When plants are exposed to temperatures that are warmer, as well as greater quantities of CO2, they grow in a more vigorous way, which means that they create more pollen. More pollen means more allergy woes for allergy sufferers of all ages.

14 One In Thirteen Kids Now Have Food Allergies

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According to NPR.org, one in thirteen kids suffer from food allergies. This means that two kids per classroom are allergic to some type of food. This information is based on a survey which featured the input of forty thousand families.

The nut allergies are the most serious. Teens tend to have the worst allergic reactions to foods.

Since 8% of children are allergic to foods, it means that 5.9 million American kids have food allergies. That's an awful lot. The good news is that only 39% of allergic reactions in kids to foods are considered to be severe.

13 Food Allergies May Be Linked with Autism

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According to a recent article at Mdmag.com, ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is linked with typical allergic conditions. A University of Iowa College of Public Health study showed that children with skin, respiratory and/or food allergies have higher odds of being on the autism spectrum.

The study featured over 199 thousand kids, ranging in age from five to seventeen. The median average age for youth in the study was ten years old.

According to study researchers, ASD is becoming more commonplace in American children. The link with allergies may help researchers to solve the autism puzzle in the future.

12 170 Foods Trigger Allergic Reactions in the USA

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Allergy experts at Foodallergy.org report that over 170 foods trigger allergic reactions. There are 8 main food allergens and they are tree nuts, soy, wheat, peanut, egg, milk, crustacean shellfish and fish. This group of 8 allergens tends to cause the most severe allergic reactions in Americans.

One interesting fact is that more and more people are reacting to sesame. It's an allergen that is beginning to trigger a lot of reactions. In fact, 30% of people who do have food allergies are allergic to more than one type of food.

11 Milk, Eggs, and Peanuts are Major Triggers

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When your child drinks milk or eats eggs or peanut butter, you should check for allergy symptoms. These three allergy triggers cause a lot of problems for young people and adults may be allergic to them as well.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of milk, egg, and peanut allergy include wheezing, hives, coughing, vomiting, shortness of breath and tingling/itching around the mouth. Your child may also experience watery eyes, colic (if still a baby), abdominal cramps, diarrhea and/or runny nose.

Peanut allergies can be very serious and may trigger tightening of the throat.

10 9 Million American Adults Have Food Allergies

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According to Foodallergy.org, nine million adults in the USA struggle with allergies. Unfortunately, kids are experiencing increases in food allergy symptoms, so we all need to worry about allergies and the effects they have on our kids, especially if we've passed our own allergies down to the next generation.

A CDC study reports that kids' allergies increased by a whopping 18% between '97 and '07. That's quite a significant jump. It costs families 25 billion bucks a year to deal with children's food allergies...not to mention the toll that they take on an already-overburdened health care system.

9 30% of Kids with Allergies Have Multiple Food Allergies

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Cnn reports that 30% of American kids have more than one food allergy, while 39% of youth with food allergies have experienced serious reactions. Most people consider symptoms like stomachaches or rashes when they think of food allergies, but they may put life at risk.

It's possible to need hospital care because of a food allergy reaction. It may even be fatal.

Parents of kids with severe food allergies need to be incredibly vigilant about what their kids are exposed to. It makes parenting even harder.

8 Tree Nut and Peanut Allergies Are On the Rise

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Since 2010, incidences of peanut allergies in kids have gone up by 21%. Right now, 2.5% of children in the USA are allergic to peanuts. Peanut allergies are often very serious. Peanut allergies are definitely a big concern among caring parents in America and all over the world.

Immunology treatments are showing success and these treatments offer new hope to parents who have kids with peanut allergies. Dr. Ruchi Gupta believes that giving infants peanut products very early on, after proper risk assessment, is the key to reducing severe reactions.

7 Someone Goes To The ER Due To Allergies Every 3 Mins

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According to Allergy and Asthma Care, seven million emergency room visits per year are the result of allergy symptoms. This information comes from a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers. According to the study, someone needs to visit an ER every three minutes because of their allergy problems. The study features kids and adults.

Severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis, trigger one ER visit every 6 minutes. It's unclear as to whether the high incidence of ER visits is due to more allergies in the USA population, or more serious reactions to allergies.

6 Mothers with Allergic Kids Usually Have Higher Blood Pressure

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A recent study showed that mothers of children with allergies tend to suffer from high blood pressure symptoms. According to Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, the study covered over fourteen hundred families, all of which had a "bio child" or more than one bio child.

The study families were a mix of families with food-allergic children and families who didn't have food allergies. Study results showed that moms with food-allergic kids were more likely to have elevated blood pressure which was harmful to their health. Non-smoking, Caucasian, older moms with slim figures were at highest risk.

5 Moms with Allergic Kids Usually Suffer from Emotional Turmoil

If your child has food allergies, you don't need a scientific study to tell you that dealing with your son or daughter's allergies causes stress and emotional turmoil, especially if your child's allergies are life-threatening. Parenting is hard enough without needing to police every bite of food that your child eats. Allergies in children add an extra layer of stress to the task of parenting.

According to Research Gate, there is scientific evidence that parents of food-allergic kids experience greater emotional turmoil. They have more stress and more anxiety.

4 City Kids Are More Prone to Allergies Than Rural Kids

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An article at Science Daily shows that kids who live in urban areas are more prone to allergies than kids who live outside of cities. This seems to underscore the fact that environmental factors i.e. pollution are increasing allergy symptoms in children. This is true of kids with asthma as well.

More study is needed to see exactly which environmental factors are boosting allergy symptoms in children who live in cities. An average city has tons of forms of pollution.

3 15% Of Food Allergies Are Diagnosed In Adulthood

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According to Foodallergy.org, 15% of allergies to foods are detected when patients are over the age of eighteen.

Some food allergies tend to get resolved during the childhood years - allergies to soy, milk, egg and wheat are examples. However, kids aren't outgrowing these allergies as fast as they used to, in prior decades. A lot of kids are remaining allergic after they turn 5.

It's possible that many adults were always allergic to certain things, but didn't seek out help until they were grown up.

2 Some Food Allergies Are Lifelong Conditions

Allergies which are typically lifelong conditions include allergies to fish, peanuts, shellfish and tree nuts. According to Nhsinform.scot, allergies are usually managed via one or a combination of treatments, including decongestants, antihistamines, ointments or lotions and steroid medications.

In the future, there may be a cure for allergies. Right now, there isn't. This means that allergy sufferers with lifelong allergies need to find the best treatment plan for them. Some trial and error is often needed before the right therapies are found.

1 Kid's Allergies May Be Triggered by Acid Reflux

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According to Whyy.org, there is a type of acid reflux which may trigger a variety of respiratory problems in children, such as allergies. Unfortunately, this type of acid reflux is frequently misdiagnosed.

The preferred treatment for this form of acid reflux is a diet which is low on acid. If you want to make sure that you're not medicating your child for allergies when he or she really has "silent reflux", talk to your doctor. Most often, children with silent reflux have at least one other health condition as well.

References: Medicalnewstoday.com, Foodallergycanada.ca, Livescience.com, CBSnews.com, Nationalgeographic.com, Healthline.com, Npr.org, Mdmag.com, Foodallergy.org, Mayoclinic.org, Foodallergy.org, Cnn.com, Sciencedaily.com, Allergyandasthmacare.com, Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, Researchgate.com, Sciencedaily.com, Nhsinform.scotWhyy.org

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