We all know that incidence1. of allergic rhinitis is rising alarmingly with increasing
urbanization & westernization the world over, especially in affluent Western societies
e.g. in Switzerland2. Incidence has increased from 0.28% in 1926 to 14.25% in 1995
and now it is more than 40%. Similar reports of increasing incidence are there from
USA, Sweden, Australia, Japan etc, & also in the bigger cities of developing world.
Nearly 400-500 million people are suffering worldwide. Loss & investment related
to allergic disorders accounts for nearly $20 Billion in US annually.
`Incidence of allergic disorders is rising alarmingly the world over
Do you think that this is due to poor medical care?
Due to poor facilities for avoidance of exposure?
If there is lack of basic understanding in allergic disorders?
Before understanding the truth behind the allergic disorders it is necessary to
look at the puzzles of allergy which a common man faces, these questions arise in
the mind of everybody concerned with allergy whether she is the mother of a child
suffering from allergy or a patient himself or other family members or the general
physician of the patient or the allergy specialists or the responsible persons in
the allergy organizations, or the people involved in the research of allergy or
pharma giants manufacturing the anti allergic products and helping in formulating
and promoting the strategies of fighting against these allergic disorders. Some
of these querries are:-
1- Why incidence of allergy is rising day by day.
2-Why there is critical rise in allergic disorders in USA, Europe, Australia, Japan
3-why this rising incidence is there in metros of developing countries and affluent
oil rich countries of Middle East.
4-What is the relationship of affluence with incidence of allergy.
5-What is the relationship of unhygienic conditions with incidence of allergy.
6-what is the relationship of bigger families with more children and incidence of
7-WHEN THE ALLERGENS ARE OUR FRIEND AND WHEN THEY ARE OUR FOES.