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Clean & Sneezy

14 April 2012

Of late, if you’ve been hearing too much of “I’m allergic to …” then you have company. Doctors agree that they have never seen such a large number of allergy cases ranging from bronchial asthma to allergic rhinitis to food and skin allergies. So much so that epidemiologists have started hypothesising about the allergy “epidemic” that seems to have gripped the country. They have zeroed in on the more sanitised “western” lifestyle which many people aspire for and in the bargain seem to have imported the very western propensity to allergies too.

Naysayers can do a simple analysis: the 30 years and older generation had no qualms about drinking water from roadside taps when they were younger. Few would have their children doing the same today. That sums up the allergy story.

Though doctors are quick to add the caveat that the increased reporting of allergies in their respective practices is just as likely to be a function of greater awareness among people, research papers suggest that the increase is not all of perception and reporting. A study by the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology published in the Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine says: “A recent survey carried out in India shows that 20 to 30 per cent of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis and 15 per cent develops asthma. A study carried out 30 years ago in Delhi reported around 10 per cent allergic rhinitis and 1 per cent asthma.”…..

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/clean-and-sneezy/936466/

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Written by csirindia

April 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

Posted in IGIB

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