The study says that in 2011-2012, around 22,206 people were admitted to hospitals in England for food allergy and allergic reactions or anaphylactic shock, whereas in 2015-2016 the number grew to 29,544.
It isn’t news that is too horrible? But what’s the reason?
“Being too clean is the reason”- says some doctor. This reduces our immunity to allergens or the factors responsible for causing allergy.
But does that mean that we need to ditch bleach and roll out in the muds?
The fact is it is not the dirt, but if our children are exposed to the microbial organisms in their childhood, then there is a chance that they get immunity to those allergens in the future.
A study published by a research team in New Zealand said that children, who suck their thumb or bite nails are less prone to allergies in their later life. Even children who are raised in farms have a lesser chance of getting allergy as they are exposed to pollens, dirt, and microbes of animal body from a very early stage of life.
Now the problem is with the children, who live in cities and are never exposed or minimally exposed to allergens.
So, basically, being too much hygienic is the main reason behind getting allergy, though an irony. Of course, we need to have exposure to some microorganisms, but on the other hand, it is also true that we should stay away from most of them. And the cleaning items used in households are good at that.
What is the Reason for Food Allergy?
- Some researchers say that nowadays we are more into consuming packaged food and processed food instead of fresh fruits and vegetables. This sometimes may result in food allergy by rejecting or reacting to the foods when we consume them.
- A deficiency in some nutrients, like Vitamin-D, Omega-3-fatty acids, may lead to food allergy and other allergic reactions.
- Diets that are low in oily fish may create the risk of asthma to the children.
- If your mom and dad are prone to food allergy, then it is most likely that you too will have an allergy to the same allergen.
- Many genes may be turned off or on due to certain environmental factors and create food allergy and other allergic reactions. For example, viral infections can change the gene structures in our body thus creating allergies.
- Too much pollution can be a major reason for having a food allergy
Factors Causing Most Common Allergies
- Tree and grass pollen
- Animal hair
- Animal skin
- Dust mites
- Chemicals used in household
- Insect bites
Symptoms of Allergic Reactions
Different people show different symptoms to allergies, like a food allergy. Some of the common symptoms include-
- Blocked or a runny nose
- Continuous sneezing
- Watery, itchy or red eyes
- Eczema or asthma symptoms