Stop Kidding Yourself!
You Can’t Get Away From Allergies
If you have been in any allergy-related business,
you have heard the question many times. “Where can I move so my allergies aren’t
recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Immunology, Prevalence of
allergic sensitization in the United States: Results from the National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2006, asserts that there are no
regional difference in allergies in the United States. You can read the entire
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
The researchers sifted through the massive amount of information collected by
the NHANES 2005-2006, which included 10,348 subjects; and oversampled the
specific demographics of low income, people aged 12 to 19 years and over 60
years of age, African Americans, and Mexican Americans to ensure adequate
samples for subgroup analyses.
They looked at the participants by Census regions in the United States and
discovered few differences in the percentage of the population that had
allergies. This means that if you are already prone to allergies, it does not
matter where you live. If you live in an area with prevalent elm pollen, you
will be allergic to elms. If you live in an area with no elms but many birch
trees, then you will be allergic to birch trees. If you are allergic to the
trees in your area, moving to an area with another type of tree will not bring
life-long allergy symptom relief, as you will probably develop an allergy to the
pollens produced by trees no matter where you live.
There was a slight increase in the sensitization levels for dust mite and
cockroach for people that lived in the South. Sensitivity to outdoor allergens
(pollen in particular) was slightly higher in the West with Russian Thistle
being the most common culprit. These differences however were only very slight.
However, your level of urbanization did play a role in sensitivity to outdoor
allergens. The higher the density of population, the higher the chance of being
sensitive to allergens. If you live in an area with a population of one million
or more, there is a 50% chance you are sensitive to one or more allergens. This
rate drops to 40% for nonmetropolitan areas. When looking at outdoor allergens
in particular, 37% of the participants in metropolitan areas were sensitive to
pollen as opposed to only 22% of those living in non-urban areas.
What they did discover is that your race/ethnicity and gender did play in role.
Among those 6 years of age or older; non-Hispanic blacks had the highest level
of sensitivity to all allergens. The group with the highest level of sensitivity
was non-Hispanic black males over the age of six that had little or no exposure
to pets. This study reinforces others indicating that exposure to household pets
actually decreases the likelihood that you will have allergies.
If you are the parent of a child with food allergies, take hope in knowing they
discovered that the population with food allergies decreased after the age of
six. Yes, you can outgrow a food allergy.
Therefore, if you were planning to leave Little Rock, Arkansas for Columbus,
Ohio in hopes of seeking allergy relief you can unpack your bags. It really will
not do any good. While the grass may look greener over the fence, it still has
just as much pollen.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store