If the increasingly watery eyes, wheezing chest and itchy skin rash aren’t enough, just wait. Allergies and asthma have been on the rise, and while theories abound, scientists increasingly say climate change might be to blame.
Between 2001 and 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, asthma increased 12.3 percent, particularly among children, African Americans, poor people and women. During roughly that same time period, from 1997 to 2007, food allergies among children jumped up 18 percent. And a child with food allergies is more likely than others to experience other allergies, like respiratory and skin allergies.