Kids in the United States Have Higher Rates of Allergies

New research is suggesting that US environmental factors may affect allergy rates in children. Researchers from Beth Israel Medical Center and St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center recently determined the prevalence of physician-diagnosed asthma, eczema, hay fever, or food allergies in American kids and found that, overall:

  • 20.3% of foreign-born children who live in the United States suffer from at least one of the conditions; versus
  • 34.5% of U.S.-born children suffer from at least one of the conditions

Researchers also found that the risk of suffering from allergies increases when foreign-born children spend more time in the United States.

According to lead researcher Jonathan Silverberg, the study is the first to show that living in the United States increases the chances that a person will develop allergies. “The results of the study suggest that there are environmental factors in the U.S. that trigger allergic disease,” Silverberg told Reuters, adding, “Children born outside the U.S. are likely not exposed to these factors early in life and are therefore less likely to develop allergic diseases.”

Silverberg also notes that climate, obesity, and infections may play their parts. According to CBS News, studies have linked diet to allergy risk. Earlier this year, a study in British Medical Journal suggested that children who consumed fast food are more likely to have asthma, eczema, or hay fever.

Allergy Services in Hampton Roads

Christine B Franzese, MD, FAAOA is a board certified otolaryngologist. Dr. Franzese received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. She completed residencies in general surgery and otolaryngology at Penn State/Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She also completed a residency in Otolaryngology at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Dr. Franzese’s specialties include: allergies and allergy shots (inhalant allergies, food and venomous stinging insects), sinus problems (acute and chronic), mild asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid masses or nodules, salivary gland disorders and nodules, and pediatric ENT issues (ear infections, tonsillitis). She offers a comprehensive approach to sinus treatments including medical therapies, allergy management and endoscopic sinus surgery.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Franzese at her office in Norfolk, Virginia please call her office directly at (757) 889-5632!

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