More Allergy Facts

Did you know?

  • One in three Britons has an allergy.
  • A child goes to hospital with asthma every 19 minutes.
  • 40,000 children born each year have a nut allergy.
  • Hospital admissions for anaphylaxis are five times higher than in 1990.
  • Between 1990 and 2003, 49,000 people were admitted to hospital with severe allergic reactions.
  • There are 15 million hay fever sufferers in UK.
  • There are 20 confirmed cases of Aquagenic Urticaria (severe allergy to water) in the UK.
  • There are 100 confirmed cases of Human Seminal Plasma Hypersensitivity (allergy to sperm).
  • Eight foods account for 90% of allergic reactions. They are: peanuts, tree nuts (including walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and pecans), fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, wheat and soy.
  • An estimated 10% of people in the UK suffer from some degree of Polymorphic Light Eruption (allergy to the sun).


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