Epidemiological studies suggest that over half of Americans are sensitive to at least one allergen.
Environmental and lifestyle changes, urbanization, pollution, dietary changes, development of sanitation standards and decrease in chronic bacterial infections all are assumed to be factors promoting the rapid increase in prevalence of allergy throughout the developed world.
Approximately 3% to 5% of Americans suffer from food allergies with a number of recent studies suggesting that approximately 8% of children have some type of food allergy.
Recent studies suggest that patients with food allergies are especially at risk of experiencing significant disruption in their daily lives.
Recent scientific studies suggest that treating allergies early in life could prevent disease progression or the development of polyallergies, however, no approved treatments currently exist for young allergic children.