For allergy sufferers, learning new and important details about the cause and cures is important. Anyone who suffers from allergies knows that the symptoms and effects on the body can make life more than a little miserable. Certainly, at times, allergies are debilitating and life threatening. Surprisingly, many allergy sufferers know little about what they are dealing with other than the symptoms they suffer from and the possible triggers that can cause them.
Here are five surprising facts about allergies that have recently emerged that sheds new light for people who struggle with them. According to symptomfind.com, research has shown that many allergies are inherited. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has found that when a parent has allergies, their child has approximately a 1 in 3 chance of getting allergies themselves. While a child may not get the exact same type of allergy as their parent, there is a significant likelihood they will acquire some type of allergy in their lifetime.
Another interesting research discovery found that children who are obese have a much higher rate of having allergies than children who are at a healthier weight. Studies have shown that overweight children have an increased risk of getting allergies by 26 percent. Additionally, when it comes to acquiring a food allergy, overweight children have a 59 percent higher risk factor.
Furthermore, while many people believe that allergies begin at birth, statistics show that they can emerge throughout adulthood. This means people who have lived their whole life allergy free can suddenly find themselves battling one they never experienced before.
One of the most disturbing facts about allergies is that they are the 5th leading cause of suffering from chronic illness in the country. It is widely known they can affect many parts of the body, from the upper respiratory tract to the blood and organ functioning of the body. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, fifty million Americans suffer from allergies leading to seventeen million doctor visits each year.
On a good note, there is a surprising fact about allergies that can offer sufferers something to smile about. Aside from finding more cures and better medicine to treat allergies, statistics show that while some people acquire new allergies as they age, others can find that they are no longer suffering from certain symptoms as they age. This “curing” may be a result of the body building better immunity or skills to battle the triggers. No matter what the reason is for outgrowing an allergy, its good news for some sufferers.