2004 – Allergy and allergic disease costs the UK taxpayer over (£) 1 billion each year

Reports from Asthma UK and The Royal College of Physicians state that allergy and allergic diseases have reached epidemic proportions and that the National Health Service is not coping with demand for healthcare to treat symptoms. They also report that children bear-the-brunt of allergic asthma, rhinitis (hay fever) and eczema. The doctors report in unison, ‘house dust mites are a potent cause of allergy. Once allergy is established it is important to reduce


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