The Hygiene Hypothesis Is One Possible Explanation For The Sharp Rise In Peanut Allergies

Some kids’ immune systems may be attacking the food they eat when parents don’t expose them to enough “dirty” things, early in life.

By Michael MarksAugust 24, 2017 11:44 am

Food allergies can make some of us sick, or even kill. There’s evidence that food allergies are becoming more common. A new report by an independent health data group called FAIR Health found that the number of reported severe food allergy reactions has nearly quintupled over the past decade.

Dr. Sara Anvari, a pediatrician who specializes in immunology and allergies at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, says she sees a similar trend with her patients, particularly a rise in peanut allergies.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

— Possible causes for the rise in allergies to peanuts and other foods

— What the hygiene hypothesis is and how it works

—  When an infant should undergo allergy testing and how that testing works


Written by Caroline Covington.