ashes and runny noses: R Environmental and food allergies are on the rise
BY E. TINA ALLISON
f you were to ask the parent of a school-aged child if they know a child with allergies, the answer would most likely be a resounding yes. According to a 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies alone have increased by 50 percent between the years 1997 and 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that number does not take into account the increase in environmental allergies.
BUT WHAT SCIENCE CANNOT TELL US IS WHY. Dr. Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, medical director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Nicklaus Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital in Miami, said there has been a definite increase in common food allergies, such as milk, eggs and peanuts, and environmental allergies caused by dust, cockroaches, animal dander and pollen.
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