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(Jewish paper) Brooklyn, NY: kids with anaphylaxis increased 2010 to 2016 by 150%

April 15, 2018, Brooklyn, NY, Hamodia (Daily Newspaper of Torah Jewry): The Upshot of an Increase In Allergic Reactions http://hamodia.com/2018/04/15/upshot-increase-allergic-reactions/ According to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, whose researchers looked at almost 10 million children in the U.S., the rate of emergency room visits due to acute allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis, increased from 2010 to 2016 by 150%. Food allergies — to peanuts, tree nuts and seeds, or milk and eggs — accounted for 47 percent of children’s anaphylactic reactions in 2016. The rest were attributed to fish, fruits or vegetables, unknown foods or insect bites. [WHY?] It is possible, even likely, that some of the hospital visits resulted from more parents’ awareness of the symptoms of anaphylaxis, or from an increased willingness to visit an emergency room. But experts discount those factors as sufficient to account for the bulk of the increase in treatment. Many medical mevinim subscribe to the “hygiene hypothesis,” which contends that increasingly clean environments don’t allow babies’ immune systems to become properly primed to deal with new allergens years in the future. Children tend not to play in microorganism-rich dirt as they did in years past, and many families use antibacterial soaps and consider an antiseptic home to be an ideal. The increased use of antacids and antibiotics for children have also been implicated in the allergic reaction increase. … ... Children who got either antacids or antibiotics showed an increased risk of other kinds of allergic conditions, from hay fever to severe allergic reactions to unknown substances. …