Allergies On the Rise According to World Allergy Organization

Ever wonder just how many other people have allergies? A lot…with more on the way.

According to recent numbers released in April for World Allergy Week by the World Allergy Organization, there’s a marked global increase of allergic diseases. Their figures showed that allergies are becoming more severe and complex and that the heaviest burden is on children and young adults. Allergy interacts with many other environmental factors such as pollutants, infections, lifestyle, and diet that increase the impact on chronic disease.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 300 million individuals have asthma worldwide, a figure that could increase to 400 million by 2025 if trends continue. Allergic rhinitis, which is a risk factor for asthma, affects 400 million people annually, and food allergies affect about 200 to 250 million. An estimated 250,000 avoidable deaths from asthma occur each year.

Prof. Marek Kowalski, Chair of the World Allergy Week Steering Committee, said that “The increase in multiple allergies occurring in a single patient is making the global burden even more complex, and an integrated approach to diagnosis and treatment of allergies is required. Rhinitis (“allergies”), allergic conjunctivitis (itchy, red and watery eyes), and asthma occurring together in the same patient, or rhinitis, asthma, and food allergies, are examples of complex allergies that commonly manifest together in patients with allergies.”