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Disease definition

What is the “allergic march”?

  • The term “Allergic March” describes how allergic diseases progress throughout the life of an allergic individual.
  • This usually begins within the first few months of life with eczema. In 30 to 50% of these children, eczema is associated with food allergy. Food allergies generally begin to appear within the first three years of a child’s life. As children grow up, the allergic march may progress to the development of rhino-conjunctivitis (hay fever) and/or allergic asthma.
  • This pattern of development of allergic diseases is commonly seen in individuals with a family history of allergy. Frequently, allergic individuals suffer from multiple allergic conditions (eczema, hay fever, food allergies, asthma) which affect their quality of life. For example, a plethora of symptoms varying from itchy skin to sneezing, snoring, wheezing may result in reduced exercise tolerance, poor sleep and concentration and impaired performance at school or at work.