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IN Health & Fitness ON 28 Dec, 2015
With modern times come many useful inventions and many deadly epidemics. It is said that this is the golden age of men. The time to be alive! But is it?
With so many deadly viruses and health issues lurking around in the world threatening to tumble everything we hold dear into the vicious pit of inevitable doom, is it truly the best time to exist, let alone live?
One of the world's top allergy experts says many health professionals are inadequately trained to deal with the crisis we are facing now.
Callum's mom says that her son's sensitivities to food, including peanuts, eggs, tomatoes, etc. began when he was a mere baby. His reactions varied from painful rashes to life-threatening anaphylaxes.
"You would pick him up in the morning... and it would look like a murder had been committed in his moses basket. It was absolutely horrific. It didn't matter how many times we went to the doctors, they would say 'oh it's just baby eczema' or 'it's just colic' or 'it's just a bit of reflux - they'll get over it'."
Allergic diseases have become the most common disorders in childhood, giving obesity crisis a run for its money. Some 50% of children now have an allergy, with some reactions potentially fatal, but scientists still do not know why.
Sky News was told by one of the leading allergy experts that cases are not being identified early enough because many health care professionals are inadequately trained to deal with the growing epidemic.
Dr George Du Toit, paediatric allergy consultant at St Thomas' Hospital and Kings College London said, "There's a large unmet need with respect to the size of the allergy burden and provision from the NHS at all levels, There are now one in 30, that's one in every classroom, affected by peanut allergy. I'm sure you can remember back to your own school days when very few children were affected in an entire school,"
The National Allergy Strategy Group has welcomed moves to better the situation from bodies such as NICE and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, but said there is still work to do. "There are needs to be improved knowledge within primary care and an increase in the number of allergy specialists and trainee posts," it said. "For many families, it is still very difficult to access suitable care for diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management."