Allergies and the Modern World: Are They Related?

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Allergies and the Modern World: Are They Related?

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The news is in, and it’s not pretty: the number of allergy cases in both adults and children has been on a steady rise worldwide for a few decades now, and the trend doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon. Along with the hike in allergy patients, the list of allergens has expanded to include a host of 21st-century commodities such as latex, certain antibiotics, and industrial chemicals. Judging by the current outlook, it seems that modern times call for state-of-the-art anti-allergy measures. Nevertheless, as scientists busy about looking for remedies for asthma, eczema, and hypersensitivity to dust mites, mould, pollen, pet dander, insect stings, and an ever-multiplying list of foods, one cannot help but wonder if the progress civilization is making is all that positive for human health. Could allergy control products actually be just a feeble patch for human response to modern lifestyle itself?

Born the Allergic Way

Just like most chronic health hitches, the roots of common contemporary allergies trace back to early life. A 2008 study found that babies born by Caesarean section stand a 50% higher risk of developing asthma compared to vaginally born infants, and the figure goes up even further with emergency C-sections in the mix. Based on the study findings, increased modern-day prevalence of allergies can be pegged on the increase in Caesarian section births globally. Still, expecting ladies don’t seem fazed by the warnings voiced by healthcare experts as regards the downsides of the invasive delivery method. Unfortunately, the C-section popularity hike isn’t the only piece of the allergy puzzle in childhood and adult life.

Peg It on Poor Parenting

Apart from birth manner, early life diet also plays a role in the development of atopic diseases. According to a 2011 study, breastfed children stand a lower risk of developing asthma and upper respiratory infections, early wheezing, and eczema later in life. Another allergy risk factor hides behind use of antibiotics in childhood: a 2013 research found that early use of antibiotics can up the risk of eczema by as many as 40%. Furthermore, early exposure to smoke, cockroaches, dust mites, and other common allergens can up the odds of a child developing allergies later on, but the same is true of excessive cleanliness which can hamper the infant’s immune development through exposure to everyday household bacteria.

Daily Dose of Allergens

The fact that you were born naturally and breastfed like a good mama’s boy or girl doesn’t mean you’re safe from allergies, though. Recent studies found that late introduction of solid foods into the child’s dietary agenda can lead to increased risk of food sensitivities and allergies later in life. This is especially true of common food allergens such as peanuts, eggs, and dairy products which are considered highly allergenic and should, therefore, be introduced as complementary foods at 4-6 months of age, as soon as a few other typical complementary foods have been successfully incorporated into the child’s diet.

Home, Sneeze-Free Home

Judging by the looks of it, allergies and modern lifestyle are inextricably linked, but the solutions to the growing range of atopic conditions are no less up-to-date either. From state-of-the-art air purifiers and hypoallergenic mattresses and bedclothes to anti-allergenic diet and irritant-free cleaning supplies, the number of tools and tricks you can use to allergy-proof your home is quite lengthy. To set the combat with allergies on the right track, give your home a deep clutter detox, clean or upgrade the air filter, and have carpets and upholstery steam-cleaned to minimize risk of bacterial infestations and respiratory hitches for sensitive family members. As a smart bonus, you can do away with wall-to-wall carpeting, swap shabby wallpaper for tiles or treat the walls with mold-resistant paint, and invest in a dehumidifier to keep mildew development in check.

Judging by the soaring rates of atopic disease, mankind might just be having an allergic reaction to the modern world. The good news is we need not try to turn back the hands of technological development as to save the generations to come from sneezes, wheezes, and rashes: all it takes is for us to make do with bucketfuls of anti-allergenic fixes civilizational progress has landed in our lap. Ready, steady, go and allergy-proof your home sans delay: after all, the shape of your health is in your hands alone.


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