There has been a steep rise in the number of Britishers who are affected by indoor allergies, according to a poll for Allergy UK. The finding confirms that perennial allergic rhinitis(home fever) is becoming increasingly prevalent.
A poll of 1,600 people with allergies found 58% were allergic to dust mites, 31% were allergic to mould and 45% had a pet allergy. Some 30% of sufferers were also allergic to the chemicals found in common cleaning products. 59% of indoor allergy sufferers said their symptoms are worse in the bedroom. Findings reveal that a bed can harbor 2 million house dust mites while the average pillow doubles in weight over a period of 6-months due to dust mite feces.
Recent NHS figures suggest 12 million people receive allergy treatment in a year and 6 million are so seriously affected that they require specialist help. Hospital admissions for allergy have also risen over the last two decades. Some estimates suggest that 21 million people in UK have some sort of allergy. This costs the NHS over 1 billion pound per year.