Allergy Across the Globe
Allergy presents a major global health problem linked to an increase in the prevalence of allergic diseases such as rhinitis, asthma, urticaria, eczema, anaphylaxis and angioedema, as well as drug and food allergies. Such allergic diseases can affect different organs of the body such as skin, respiratory tract, eyes and gut. In Europe, the prevalence of allergy continues to rise with one child in three now affected by an allergic disease and almost half of all adults having suffered with an allergy in their lifetime. Under-diagnosis and under-treatment in this field is commonly reported, which can result in life-threatening consequences and severe socio-economic burdens . The Global Allergy and Asthma European Network addresses the global public health concern of allergic disease through conducting many different activities and research aimed to facilitate clinical guidelines for health professionals and information for patients and the public . In addition to this, The World Allergy Organization is at the forefront of attempts to understand, address and respond to current global issues .
 Pawankar R, Canonica GW, Holgate ST, Lockey RF, Blaiss MS, eds. (2013) WAO White Book on Allergy: Update 2013. USA: World Allergy Organization