Allergy Epidemic In Uk
One of the world's top allergy experts says many health professionals are inadequately trained to deal with the crisis.
A sharp increase in allergy sufferers over the past 20 years has made allergic disease the most common chronic disorder in childhood, matched only the the obesity crisis.
Some 50% of children now have an allergy, with some reactions potentially fatal, but scientists still do not know why.
One of the world's top allergy experts told Sky News cases are not being identified early enough because many health care professionals are inadequately trained to deal with the growing epidemic.
Dr George Du Toit, paediatric allergy consultant at St Thomas' Hospital and Kings College London, told us that while the number of children born with a sensitivity has rocketed - healthcare provision has not been able to keep pace.
"There's a large unmet need with respect to the size of the allergy burden and provision from the NHS at all levels," he said.
Peanut sensitivity alone has doubled in the UK, North America and Australasia.
"There are now one in 30, that's one in every classroom, affected by peanut allergy.[..]
Not that surprising for the BP/paleo/anything other than the western diet-crowd, but you always wonder when the general public will connect the dots.
Poor children though, they have to live with this through no fault of their own.