Cleaner World increases Hospital admissions

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The number of hospital admissions for allergic reactions and anaphylactic shocks in England has increased by more than a third in the past five years.

Data from NHS Digital shows there were 29,544 hospital admissions in 2015-16 for allergic reactions.

That compares to 22,206 admissions in 2011-12.

Doctors say rising levels of cleanliness have lowered people’s natural resistance to bacteria and dust which cause common allergies.

 

Doctors say rising levels of cleanliness have lowered people’s natural resistance to bacteria and dust which cause common allergies.

“The fact that we’re living in a much cleaner world than a hundred years ago is the main factor behind the rise in the number of admissions for allergies,” Dr Donald Hodge from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust said.

“We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of referrals for children who have developed allergies, and this is undoubtedly because living in a cleaner world has lowered our ability to build up a resistance to substances like dust and pollen.”

An allergic reaction is caused when the body’s immune system reacts disproportionately to a substance usually considered harmless.

Rise in allergy and anaphylactic shock admissions

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