Allergies Facts


Allergies affect as many as 35 million people in the United States; 6 million of them are children, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Allergies tend to run in families. If one parent is allergic, the child has a one in four chance of developing an allergy. If both parents are allergic, it is likely two out of three children will be allergic also. Dr. Clemmens Von Pirquet, an Austrian physician, coined the term "allergy," meaning "altered reactivity" in the early 1900s. French scientists have discovered a link between people's date of birth and their allergies.

Individuals with grass pollen allergies are most likely to be born between January and May, while people with mold allergies are least likely to be born in April, May and December. A sneeze can throw water droplets six feet into the air at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.The earliest clear description of what is today known as "hay fever"was written in 1565 by Botallus, a physician living in Padua, Italy.

Allergy Education

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The major difference between nuts and peanuts is that nuts grow on trees whereas peanuts grow underground. Nuts are also called tree nuts and peanuts are legumes. According to botany, a nut is a shell-covered fruit of a plant or tree. The inner part in the hard shell is called kernel which is edible. The nut is hard, one-seeded or at the most may have two seeds would not split open to scatter its seeds when matured. On the other hand, the peanut pods have multiple seeds found in a single legume.

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