What causes an allergy? Is it climate change? Is increased use of pesticides in food production to be blames? There is no clear cut answer. But the fact of the matter is allergies are on the rise and exponentially. EAACI (European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) has in a report stated that over fifty percent of the population of Europe will be suffering from allergy of some form or another by 2025. In less than a decade this pandemic is hitting Europe which has perhaps some of the best health care systems when compared to the rest of the world.
The report also stated that among the allergies, asthma is at the top of the list followed by food allergies. The problem with allergies is it cannot be diagnosed until the disease hits you. It is sudden and it takes a while to understand that the underlying cause of your discomfort is an allergy.
Environmental allergens are all round us. Pollution is on the rise and added with dust, pollen and fungi matter sneezing, eye watering, running noses and sniffling are common symptoms that you encounter on a daily basis. The present holiday season of Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas is increasing the visibility of such symptoms which to a lot of people are not aware that it could be an allergy.
EAACI is spearheading the movement to bring to the attention of the world's leaders particularly in Europe the need to take urgent and concrete action to prevent the spread of allergies. They have outlined the cost benefit of such an undertaking as a direct impact in economic terms which is staggering as no trade treaty (example CETA, TPP) can ever hope to achieve. And the added benefit which is the main feature of the proposals is better health for the denizens of Europe and increased productivity as a workforce.
EAACI is primarily patient's organization – meaning they are an advocacy group laying stress on behalf of the patients that they have a right to lead a better life. They have created campaigns whichare embraced by countries. The example of the Bulgarian Society of Allergology which launched the “Do you have Allergies?” campaign on May 10th of 2016 is a step in the right direction.The awareness campaign even went to the extent to exhibit to the participants the common allergens such as dust mites, pollen seeds under microscopes. Several participants underwent skin-prick test for food allergens and other common inhalants.
In 2012 EAACI started conducting Immunotherapy campaign to increase the understanding of immunology and the mechanisms of allergen immunotherapy. These steps are right for the grass root level. It is important that Governments and think tanks of policy makers are concerned and act NOW.
Ethan Moore is a well known writer providing informative articles on internet to spread awareness. He has written articles for many categories and now he is writing about Patients organisation .