Allergy: A Burden for the Patient and for the Society

  • Erkka Valovirta
Part of the Allergy Frontiers book series (ALLERGY, volume 1)

Allergic diseases and asthma represent some of the most common chronic pathological conditions prevalent all over the world [1, 2] that begin usually in infancy and persist throughout life [3]. They are most common in developed countries. Allergy may affect more than 50% of children. Moreover, the prevalence of allergic diseases and asthma has actually increased during the past three to four decades.

Asthma is the most frequent chronic disease in childhood, with increasing levels of morbidity in most of the countries worldwide [4]. Pediatric asthma represents a huge burden on the individual child, on the family, and on the society as a whole.


Atopic Dermatitis Food Allergy Allergic Rhinitis Allergic Disease Severe Asthma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erkka Valovirta
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  1. 1.Tervey Stalo TurkuAllergy ClinicTurkuFinland

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