May is National Asthma & Allergy Awareness month. To celebrate and spread awareness, here at fun facts about allergy and asthma you might not have known.

  • The animals that cause the most allergic reactions in people are: dogs, cats, horses, birds, and guinea pigs.
  • 1 in 23 million people have an allergy to water. Aquagenic urticaria is a rash caused by contact with water. This is an extremely rare condition, and there is not much information on it. For more information you can visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.
  • Asthma is more likely in females (9.2%) than males (7%).
  • A sun allergy does not usually develop until the age of 35.
  • More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
  • Some people have an extremely rare allergy to physical exertion. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIAn) is a rare disorder in which anaphylaxis occurs due to physical activity. Food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis is a subset of this disorder in which symptoms occur if physical exertion takes place within a few hours of eating a specific food. For more information you can visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.
  • Asthma is often hereditary.
  • Human dander can cause allergic rashes in dogs, cats, and even other humans.
  • Climate change is making allergies worse-lengthening pollen season.
  • Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children.
  • Approximately 9.7% of healthcare workers have a latex allergy.

 

Struggling with Allergies/Asthma?

Allergy and asthma facts are helpful and it is important to be educated and understand your condition. For those looking to better understand their symptoms, visit the National Allergy & ENT website. If you need help maintaining your health when dealing with these conditions, it is important to schedule an appointment with an allergist. An allergist at National Allergy & ENT can assist in diagnosis and treatment. To schedule an appointment please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.

 

References:

https://www.aafa.org/allergy-facts/

https://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/asthma

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/20-things-you-didnt-know-about-allergies

https://www.factretriever.com/allergies-facts

https://www.who.int/features/factfiles/asthma/en/