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Allergy 

Allergy

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Allergy
Author(s):

Pamela Ewan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0503
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date: 26 June 2017

Allergy is common and becoming commoner: it now affects about one-third of the United Kingdom population. This is being driven by environmental changes, which are also leading to an increase in both the complexity and severity of the condition. In addition to the traditional allergic disorders—asthma, rhinitis, and eczema—multisystem allergic disease and reactivity to several allergens are now common; new allergies have appeared, including those due to foods, drugs, and diagnostic agents; and anaphylaxis is increasing....

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