Hispanic Kids have Lower Allergy Rate

National Hispanic Month is celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15. This celebration is intended to recognize the rich Hispanic and Latino American heritage – histories, cultures, and their contributions to our country. And here’s one more thing to celebrate: Hispanic children have the lowest rates of allergies in the U.S.

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According to a report released in May 2013, experts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed that allergies in American children are on the rise. The report reveals that between 1997 and 1999, about 3.4 percent of American children had food allergies. By 2009 to 2011, it rose up to 5.1 percent.

Aside from food allergies, cases of skin allergies between 1997 and 2011 have also shown a dramatic increase in children below 18 years of age, rising from 7.4 to 12.5 percent.

Happily for Hispanic children, though, they fared better than any other U.S. ethnic group in this allergy explosion. Hispanic kids appeared to have an overall lower rate of food, skin and respiratory allergies than kids from other races. African-American children, on the other hand, have a greater prevalence of skin allergy, but lower rates of respiratory allergy than white kids.

Scientists can’t fully explain why Hispanic children are less allergic than others, but it’s undoubtedly another reason to appreciate Hispanic heritage.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.