2017-03-20Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.17886/RKI-GBE-2017-015
12-Month prevalence of allergies in Germany
The prevalence of allergies has increased dramatically during recent decades, and thus, got into the focus of public health. As part of the 2014 German Health Update (GEDA 2014/2015-EHIS), 28.1% of respondents reported that they were affected by an allergic disease other than asthma. Reports of allergies are more common among women than men and among younger and middle-aged adults than people over the age of 65. Adults with higher levels of education stated more frequently that they are affected by allergies than adults with lower levels of education. Allergic reactions occur in various organ systems, but the skin, mucous membranes, respiratory tract and the intestines are most commonly affected. As allergic reactions often significantly restrict people’s quality of life, early diagnosis and appropriate care for sufferers is essential.
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