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Doctors in parts of Nigeria have reportedly seen an increase in patients treated for allergies.This may be partly as a result of Nigerian societies adopting Westernised lifestyles and substituting traditional options for more modern choices. The allergy increase is due to their lifestyle choices preventing them from being exposed to the good micro-organisms that prevent allergies.
Nigeria is not unique. Research shows that allergic diseases have been increasing in both developed and developing countries as a result of rising living standards and the adoption western lifestyles.
The World Health Organisation suggests that more than 235 million people worldwide suffer from atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma.
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