These days, it seems like everyone suffers from some sort of allergy—from the runny nose, watery eyes, and endless sneezes caused by the budding trees to the itchy skin and hives triggered by food.
According to the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, over 1 billion people worldwide suffer from allergies. That's right: 1 billion people.
Fifty years ago, only 1 in 30 of us had allergies. So what’s happened?
Our ever-changing environment is one of the biggest causes of this allergy influx. A recent paper from scientists at the University of Naples details how rising global temperature and the clouds of pollution, greenhouse gasses, and other contaminants in the air are taking their toll on our health by increasing oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies.
Here are a few reasons our toxic environment has become a breeding ground for allergies, asthma, and respiratory disease: