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Pollen allergy: some impressive figures!

In Europe, up to 40% of those suffering from respiratory allergies may be affected by pollen allergy1.

 

pollen allergy in adults

  • A single ragweed plant can release several million pollen grains per day, and just 5 grains per cubic metre of air is enough to trigger an allergic reaction2.
  • Grass allergy is responsible for more than half the cases of allergic rhinitis in Europe.3
  • Birch pollen allergy has tripled over the last 20 years4
  • Barely 15% of people who believe they suffer from pollen allergy have been diagnosed by an allergy specialist5.

[1] D’Amato et al. Allergenic pollen and pollen allergy in EuropeAllergy 2007: 62: 976–990
[2] ATMO Rhône Alpes – Observatoire de l’Air en Rhône-Alpes.
[3] Bauchau V, Durham SR. Prevalence and rate of diagnosis of allergic rhinitis in Europe. Eur Respir J. 2004 Nov;24(5):758-64.
[4] Stevens et al. Is the prevalence of specific IgE to classical inhalant aeroallergens among patients with respiratory allergy changing? Evidence from two surveys 15 years apart. Acta Clinica Belgica, 2003; 58-3
[5] Brehler et al. Perceptions and experience of tree pollen allergy in the general public in four European countries. Allergy (Suppl 97), 358 Abstract 949