April has allergies very much on its radar. Not only have we had Allergy Awareness Week but also World Allergy Week in this month.
The World Allergy Organisation (WAO) launched World Allergy Week to address the growing problem of food allergies, particularly with regard to children. It is estimated that, globally, 220 - 250 million people suffer with food allergies. As well as the severity and complexity of the allergies increasing, the numbers are also rising, particularly in children. It is estimated that 1-2% of the adult population suffer with food allergies but in children it is 5-8%!
The aim of the WAO is to increase awareness of the issues with improved information and resources for doctors, health ministries, schools and patients. Its objective is to enhance the diagnostic process, identifying the responsible foods, having greater availability of alternative foods and improve legislation on food labeling around the world.
At Allergy Medical UK we are encouraged by the growing awareness of the increasing problem of allergies. All allergies, not only food allergies, have a significant affect on the quality of life of the sufferers.
Surprisingly, despite the increased awareness and the desire to educate professionals and particularly doctors, there is no mention of treatment.