Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Get Ready: Allergy Season is Right Around the Corner

allergy sneezing womanKENTUCKY (3/4/14) — It is estimated that 45 million people in the US suffer from allergies.

Do you suffer from pet allergies? What about pollen?

A new study reveals it is what, not who, that determines allergies.

Scientists discovered allergies have more to do with the environment, not a specific trigger.

In the largest, most comprehensive, nationwide study to examine the prevalence of allergies from early childhood to old age, scientists from the National Institutes of Health report that allergy prevalence is the same across different regions of the United States, except in children 5 years and younger.

“Before this study, if you would have asked 10 allergy specialists if allergy prevalence varied depending on where people live, all 10 of them would have said yes, because allergen exposures tend to be more common in certain regions of the U.S.,” said Darryl Zeldin, M.D., scientific director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences part of NIH.

“This study suggests that people prone to developing allergies are going to develop an allergy to whatever is in their environment. It’s what people become allergic to that differs." — Darryl Zeldin, M.D.

The research appeared online in February in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and is the result of analyses performed on blood serum data compiled from approximately 10,000 Americans in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006.

Although the study found that the overall prevalence of allergies did not differ between regions, researchers discovered that one group of participants did exhibit a regional response to allergens.

Among children aged 1-5, those from the southern U.S. displayed a higher prevalence of allergies than their peers living in other U.S. regions.

These southern states included Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.

“The higher allergy prevalence among the youngest children in southern states seemed to be attributable to dust mites and cockroaches,” explained Paivi Salo, Ph.D., an epidemiologist in Zeldin’s research group and lead author on the paper. “As children get older, both indoor and outdoor allergies become more common, and the difference in the overall prevalence of allergies fades away.”

The scientists determined risk factors that made a person more likely to be allergic.

  • The study found that in the 6 years and older group, males, non-Hispanic blacks, and those who avoided pets had an increased chance of having allergen-specific IgE antibodies, the common hallmark of allergies.
  • Socioeconomic status did not predict allergies, but people in higher SES groups were more commonly allergic to dogs and cats, whereas those in lower SES groups were more commonly allergic to shrimp and cockroaches.

By generating a more complete picture of U.S. allergen sensitivity, the team uncovered regional differences in the prevalence of specific types of allergies.

  • Sensitization to indoor allergens was more prevalent in the South.
  • Sensitivity to outdoor allergens was more common in the West.
  • Food allergies among those 6 years and older were also highest in the South.


If you suffer from allergies, follow these tips:

  • Before heading outdoors, check with local website for pollen count. Search by zipcode, focus on time of day and date, or go to Pollen.com.
  • Exercise indoors on high pollen count days, or mid day when pollen count is lowest.
  • Change clothes and shower after exercising outdoors. Pollen can stick to clothes, skin and hair.
  • Consult your doctor if you suffer from severe allergies.
For more information on environmental health topics, visit National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

SurfKY News
Information provided by National Institute of Health

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Land Between The Lakes 2014-2015 Archery Season

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (8/22/14) — Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to participate in… Read More

BMS's Keagin Brooks Breaks National Record

BENTON, Ky. (8/20/14) — Keagin Brooks, a seventh grade student at Benton Middle School, broke the national record for… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 21, 2014 5854

Muhlenberg Task Force on Trail of Home…

in News by Wes Miller
August 18, 2014 4497

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 4268

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 20, 2014 4072

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 4051

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 20, 2014 4072

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 2725

Madisonville Man Charged for Shoplifting,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 21, 2014 2053

Pedestrian Struck on East Arch Street,…

in Top Stories by Officer Ryan Clark
August 20, 2014 1861

Dawson Springs Woman Arrested for Driving…

in Top Stories by SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 1487

Madisonville Firefighters Recognized for…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 18, 2014 4268

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 18, 2014 4051

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler
August 18, 2014 3895

RiverArtes Opening at OMFA

in News by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
August 19, 2014 3362

Free Arthritis Exercise Program will be…

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 19, 2014 3278

Municipal Art Collection on Exhibit at…

in News by Mary Bryan Hood

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 18, 2014 4497

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 3925

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 3737

'How Dry I Was'

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 19, 2014 3265

'Another One Bites the 'Duct'

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 19, 2014 2657

Drakesboro Woman Injured When Tree Falls…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06