17 Worrying Allergy Statistics And Alarming Asthma FactsDocument Transcript
17 Worrying Allergy Statistics And Alarming Asthma FactsIn the USA, millions of people are allergic to a variety of substances, and they arelooking for effective allergy relief. Dust, pollen, pet dander, food and tiny invisibleparticles that simply float into your home from large industries are harmful. Allergiescause day to day misery for millions, and has a major impact on society in general.The most important allergy facts and stats are laid out below, which are supported bythe best and latest available data, mostly from the AAAAI.org - American Academy ofAllergy, Asthma & Immunology. This information is taken from those residing in theU.S. Only.1-A huge 20% of the entire population in the U.S. suffer from at least one type ofallergic reaction. This number includes those who suffer from asthma. Many expertsfrom the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimate that one fifth of thepopulation is a low approximate.2-Over half of the American population test positive to one or more allergens,although many did not realise they had a problem with allergies. Many of those didreport minor problems such as coughing, watery eyes and a general feeling of illhealth.3-Taking into account other major chronic diseases that people suffer from in the U.S.The U.S.A. comes 5th in this rank for allergies. Those suffering from allergies haverisen sharply in the last few decades. Some say this is directly linked to industrialgrowth.4-The U.S. government spend a massive amount of money tackling the problems ofallergy sufferers. The American health care system and businesses pick up the tab forthis everyday problem, and cough up nearly $8 Billion every year. This amount risessteadily annually.5-Most businesses dislike workers taking more days off than they really need too.Employed Americans take between 3.9 and 4.2 million days off work every yearbecause of the horrid symptoms of hay fever, runny nose and streaming eyes. Classicallergy signs.
6-Whether you agree with the effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere andwarming of our planet or not, does not alter the fact that pollen seasons over the lasttwo decades in the U.S. have mysteriously lengthened by nearly one month - 30 days.7-One third of children with one parent who suffers from allergies, will go on todevelop some form of allergic complaint or asthma. I have not seen any evidence orstatistics of hereditary illness among allergy sufferers, but this fact surely indicatesthat more research is required, especially when you consider the fact that the chancesof a child with both allergic parents will develop allergies is even greater at 70%.8-Food allergies are also at an all time high, and this is non seasonal. 29,000ambulance/ER calls are registered by operators directly from those suffering from thesymptoms of food allergies in kitchens, homes and restaurants all over the U.S.9-Children diagnosed with a food allergy are nearly 5 times more likely to have allergysymptoms similar to asthma and other various types of allergies. Food allergies in theUS. directly impact around 7% of children under the age of three years.10-Surprisingly, over 14% of Americans firmly believe they have a food allergyproblem, but the actual amount of U.S. citizens who are diagnosed with this illnessfrom their doctor is much less, 2% - 5%.11-This is public enemy number 1. Yes its our old friend - poor indoor air quality, thebiggest problem facing every household, whether you know about it, deny it, orsimply ignore it. Over 85% of our time involves indoor activity, and most of thepopulation are unaware that they are breathing in stale or unhealthy air every day intheir own home. Effective allergy relief for sufferers should always start at home.12-Indoor air pollution outweighs levels of outdoor pollution by 50 to 1 in many cases.Its quite startling to think that if you are standing in a street with heavy traffic andhigh car exhaust levels, that your own home air quality is worse than this. In manycases this is true, due to factors such as poor construction methods, dampness, highdust levels, mould, wrong insulation or poor ventilation.13-One of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality is to invest in a HEPAvacuum cleaner to trap those tiny particles that cause allergy symptoms. Recent testshave proven that many vacuum cleaners emit a certain amount of dust and microbesback into your home while vacuuming, which defeats the whole purpose.If you do suffer from asthma/allergies, you must do a little homework enabling you toselect a quality and effective HEPA vacuum cleaner that is completely sealed, anddoes not throw back dangerous pollutants back into your room.
14-Pets are great to have around the house, and are our best friends. Over 40% of USresidents own one or more dogs, and roughly the same percentage have one or morecats. Every home with pets have noticeable amounts of dander, which inevitably leadsto allergy symptoms in humans. This means that cleaning up after our pets isimportant, and has to be done on a regular basis to keep high air quality.15-Nearly 8% of U.S. citizens have been diagnosed with asthma related illness. Moreworrying is the high number of children under the age of 5 with asthma. Kids under 5in the U.S. with asthma, between the early 80s and mid 90s has risen by a huge170%. These figures are likely to be related to growing poverty, poor housing andhigh levels of industry pollution emissions.16-Recent figures suggest that nearly 2 million ER call outs occur every year to thosewith asthma related problems, and these figures show no sign of slowing down.Furthermore, the percentage of those admitted to hospital for asthma/allergyproblems who are young children is estimated at approaching the 50% mark.17-Sadly, just under 5000 deaths are recorded every year in the U.S. who dieddirectly from asthma alone, but even more alarming is the sheer volume of peoplewho have severe allergy symptoms, such as streaming eyes, bad congestion,sneezing, running nose and coughing - who have non-allergic rhinitis instead isaround a third of the entire population. Diagnosed allergic rhinitis affects around 25%of adults, and as many as 35% of children who live in the U.S.The allergy statistics on this page are somewhat disturbing, especially when we seethat children suffer a high proportion of allergy and asthma related illnesses.Thankfully there are several ways we can reduce allergy symptoms at home bycleaning our home the correct way to improve indoor air quality. As we spend most ofour time at home, it is the most logical place to start reducing allergens and pollutantsso we can enjoy a clean and hygienic home atmosphere.A J Pipkin