Are allergies on the rise? Should I worry as a mother?
Since becoming a mother 11 years ago, I’ve noticed that allergies, especially asthma, have become more common among children these days compared to when I was a child. Additionally, allergy patterns have extended to adults, leaving many I know wondering why they are now allergic when they weren’t in their childhood.
Global Perspective on Allergies
Over the past few decades, the world has witnessed a significant increase in allergy and asthma cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, the number of Americans with asthma increased by 28% between 2001 and 2011. Studies outside the U.S. suggest that 30-35% of people will experience allergies at some point in their lives, especially in countries undergoing industrial development. In Jordan, Dr. Anan Al-Faqih, a member of the Jordanian Society of Chest Physicians, warns of the increasing risk of allergies and asthma, although specific statistics are lacking.
Allergies occur when the immune system reacts to a usually harmless substance, such as certain foods, pollen, or dust. Children born into families with a history of allergies are more likely to develop allergies, with a 60-80% likelihood if both parents have allergies.
Why has the allergy incidence increased?
According to “Allergy UK,” the “American College of Allergy,” and “ACAAI,” which provide support for allergy sufferers, several theories can explain the rise in allergies:
What can you do to create an allergy-free home?
Tests for detecting allergies
If you suspect you have any type of allergy, whether to inhaled substances or food, consult a doctor for a simple allergy blood test measuring the level of IgE in the blood. An elevated IgE level indicates the presence of allergies in the body. The RAST test is recommended to identify the specific cause of the allergy for avoidance and symptom relief.
Three main allergy packages are offered by MadLabs, focusing on:
The test requires a simple blood sample, and results can be obtained within 48 hours at MadLabs laboratories. The customized package for children is suitable for those aged one and above.