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At Allergy Test, we help individuals to decipher allergy facts from fiction, so we’re reporting some recent work from the CeMM Research Centre for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences published on the Journal of Immunity in September 2020. During this challenging time, we want you to know that scientific advancement and science in the field of Allergies and Immunology is still going on, and that scientists are working around the clock to understand allergy facts and find new treatments.

Normally, we tend to associate Allergic immune reaction to bad scenarios, like: anaphylaxis, serious allergic reactions, atopic dermatitis and even death.

Allergy Facts

However, did you know that allergic immune responses help fight bacterial infections?

Researchers have found that a module of the immune system, best known for causing allergic reactions, plays a key role in acquiring host defence against infections triggered by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus aureus is a prototypic antibiotics-resistant pathogen and is also associated with the development of allergic immune responses in diseases such as asthma and atopic dermatitis.

Despite their dangerous contributions to allergic diseases, IgEs and mast cells can exert beneficial functions that the immune system can use to protect the body against venoms and infections with toxin-producing bacteria, such as S. aureus. Read more about this here.

This finding is advancing the general understanding of the immune system and shows how the allergic immune response can help fight bacterial infections, exciting stuff!

We hope you enjoyed this reading and please keep looking through our channels for more exciting news from the scientific world.

More Allergy Facts for 2020.

  • 40% of American kids and 30% of American adults have allergies.
  • About 339 million individuals suffer from asthma worldwide.
  • Between 10% and 30% of the world population suffers from allergic rhinitis.
  • 80% of asthmatics claim that their symptoms were triggered by hay fever.
  • The prevalence of peanut allergies in kids in Australia is 3%.
  • According to peanut allergy statistics, 1.8 million children are affected by peanut allergies in the United States.
  • Food allergies affect around 2.5% of the global population.
  • Around 50% of anaphylaxis reactions are caused by food allergies.
  • 6%–7% of the population in the US is sensitive to gluten.
  • Around 10% of individuals are allergic to house cats.
  • Vitamin D can greatly reduce the chances of developing allergies.

Written by Dr Enzo Fornari, trained as Pharmaceutical Biotechnologist, with PhD qualification in Biophysics and surface analysis. Dr Enzo is employed by Healthy Stuff as a Scientific Researcher: validating our tests, researching new testing methods and ensuring best practice in the lab.