Facts & figures: allergies in the US

More than 50 million Americans experience symptoms of allergies each year. Most common examples include coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose, as well as skin rashes. In more severe cases, patients may also experience asthma attacks or anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction rapid in onset. It causes itchy rash, throat or tongue … Continued

Fruit allergy or pollen-associated cross-reactivity?

When it comes to diagnosing true fruit allergies, the most important clinical task is identifying the allergenic molecules causing allergy reactions in patients. Molecular allergy testing is an important tool for risk assessment, accurate diagnostics as well as dietary recommendations for patients.   Fruit allergies are a great example for a food allergy that can be pollen … Continued

The allergic march – explanation and prevention

Allergic diseases often begin in early life and progress over time. It starts with an infant suffering from atopic dermatitis (eczema), then developing food allergies as a toddler. As a young adolescent, they experience symptoms of hay fever, and end up dealing with asthma as an adult. This natural progression of allergic diseases is called … Continued

US pollen season start and regional variability

Pollen allergy is one of the most common forms of allergy in the US. It affects approximately 19.2 million adults as well as 5.2 million children. Typically, symptoms of hay fever include nasal congestion and obstruction, sneezing fits, conjunctivitis, ear infections as well as allergic asthma.    It is a regionally variable disease and heavily … Continued

Climate change and allergies

More than 24 million people in the US struggle with seasonal allergic rhinitis caused by pollen allergies. This number is set to increase drastically in future years. The culprit? Climate change.   Influence of climate change Climate change is not simply an environmental issue, it is also a threat to the global public health, as it dramatically impacts the severity … Continued