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Nearly half of people in Wales 'suffer from allergies'

New research from Allergy UK suggests 47% of people from Wales currently have an allergy.

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According to the charity, rates of allergies across the UK are "surging" and the patterns are changing.

Initially, an increase was seen in asthma and hay fever, but today there is a significant increase in the number of food allergies, particularly amongst children.

The 'Hygiene Hypothesis' is cited as one of the major contributors to the upsurge, based on the concept that limited exposure to germs in infancy can hamper our ability to build fully developed immune systems.

However, NHS guidelines suggest exposure to germs is only one possible reason for the rise in allergies, and other factors such as diet, environment and family history may play a bigger role.

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