Allergies are the bane of millions of people. The cause of uncontrollable sneezing and stuffy noses across the globe. The backbone of an entire industry expected to be worth $41 billion by 2025. Yep, it’s all thanks to allergies. Although almost everyone has experienced them – the World Health Organization reported that between 40 percent and 50 percent of school-aged children were allergic to one or more common allergens – there is still a world of misunderstanding around them. Join the team from South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center as we break down five facts about allergies you should know, including a wildly successful chronic allergy treatment.
Allergies are Expensive
The Center for Disease Control estimates that allergies cost the United States upwards of $18 billion each year. This is based on the cost of medical treatment not covered by insurance, as well as the cost of lost business and productivity caused by allergies. This isn’t based on the cost of over-the-counter or prescription medication, so the true cost is likely much higher. Regardless, it’s clear that allergies are expensive, thanks in large part to the countless common causes of allergies.
Allergies Are on the Rise
Let’s start with the numbers:
- Food allergies increased dramatically among individuals 17 and under between the years 1997 and 2011 (the last time the CDC released a comprehensive report)
- Skin allergies also increased by more than 50 percent during this same period
- Upwards of 25 million people have asthma – that number has been steadily rising since the 1990s
We could go on, but the message is clear – more and more people suffer from allergies. Why? No one is certain, but theories like the hygiene hypothesis are gaining momentum. Whatever the reason, chronic allergy treatment helps many people make their allergies a thing of the past (more on this below!).
There are Hundreds of Causes of Allergies
As the heading above suggests, there are quite a few causes of allergies. These range from food products (like eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, and shellfish) , medications, pollen, mold, and everything in between. Whatever the specific particle, there is likely someone in the world who will be allergic to it.
Chronic Allergy Treatment Works Extremely Well
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology estimates that chronic allergy treatment, like subcutaneous immunotherapy, reduces the symptoms of rhinitis in 85% of people. That’s an incredibly high number when compared to, say, the effectiveness of OTC allergy medication.
Chronic allergy treatment doesn’t stop at immunotherapy either. Minimally invasive procedures like ClariFix Cooling offer patients the path to dramatically reduced, or in many cases, abolished symptoms. You can even treat allergies with toothpaste.
You Can Treat Allergies with Toothpaste
Speaking of treating allergies – have you heard about oral mucosal immunotherapy? Also known as OMIT, this is a form of chronic allergy treatment that works by delivering controlled doses of an allergen directly into your oral cavity. This is a hotbed of immune system cells and one of the best places for immunotherapy. Helped along by convenience, ease of use, and effectiveness, OMIT is changing the lives of millions of allergy sufferers.
Now that you know a bit more about the causes of allergies, as well as other allergy facts, it’s time you called South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center at (954) 983-1211. We’ve helped thousands of people breathe easier, and you could be next!