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Curr Opin Immunol. 2001 Dec;13(6):701-8.

Why are allergies increasing?

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Allergy Biederstein, Technical University Munich, Biedersteiner Strasse 29, D-80802, Munich, Germany.

Abstract

The incidence of atopic allergy is increasing in certain 'Western' countries but this remains unexplained. Various hypotheses with differing amounts of evidence and/or relevance have been assessed, including increased awareness of the diseases, improved diagnostics, genetic susceptibility, psycho-social influences, allergen exposure, decreased immune-system stimulation, underlying disease, anti-allergic therapy and pollution.

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