Most common allergies in Singapore 3, 7, 8
Among the most common allergies people in Singapore suffer are allergic from , and pet dander, peanuts (and other tree nuts) and shellfish.
Dust mite is highly prevalent in Singapore and this airborne allergy is often the cause of allergic rhinitis. 80% of Allergic Symptoms are due to Indoor House Dust Mites among Singaporeans10. Among all asthmatic patients in Singapore, 85% report that they are also allergic to dust mites11. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and more.
Another common subset of allergic rhinitis include , which are also known as . The , in this case, is the pollen that may be airborne during that particular season. Hay fever is prevalent in countries like Singapore with temperate climates which seasonally produce high levels of pollen9.
Dander allergy (Also popularly known as pet allergy)
The dander refers to the loose skin cells that fall from a pet’s body, which causes an allergic reaction to take place upon entering your system. The allergens may also be found in the body fluids of the animal like saliva or urine.
Peanut allergies, although more common in the West, are also steadily increasing in Singapore. Peanut allergies have become among the most common causes of in Singaporean children. These allergies usually occur when the body perceives the proteins in the nut to be more harmful than they actually are.
Mild symptoms of a tree nut allergy include a running nose and itchy skin. However, some individuals might also experience more extreme symptoms which can involve the closing up of the airways in addition to other symptoms.
Shellfish allergy is another common food allergy in Singapore. The individuals who suffer from shellfish allergy are allergic to animals belonging to the crustacean group and/or the mollusk group. The former includes prawns and crabs while the latter includes creatures such as octopus, clams, scallops. The symptoms usually involve skin rashes, itching and swelling of the tongue and mouth.