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Survey finds more allergies in children
A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control shows more parents than ever are reporting allergies in their children.
The researcher found that among children younger than 18 in the U.S., there was an increase in the prevalence of food and skin allergies between 1997 and 2011. The most prevalent allergy among that age group is respiratory. The survey found no change in that type during the same period.
One couple playing with their children Thursday in Colonie told CBS6 they learned of the survey from their allergist, who posted it on his Facebook page. Megan Aloisio said their young daughter cannot eat peanuts and their son has trouble with eggs and milk.
"Her numbers were high," Ms. Aloisio said, referring to test results, "so they told us to avoid everything because hers could be life threatening."
Dr. James Saperstone of Guilderland says he subscribes to the theory that people are keeping too clean.
"Everyone is Purell-ing themselves to death and all of us bad doctors are putting eveyone on anti-biotics when they have a cold," says Dr. Saperstone, "so I think we have this situation where we've killed off a lot of the cells in our gut that are bacteria, which have been needed for millions of years to balance things - one of the things it balances is the immune sysytem."
The CDC researcher asked parents if their children had allergies and did not ask whether a doctor had made a diagnosis.