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Prevalence of childhood allergic diseases in central Taiwan over the past 15 years.
Pediatr Neonatol 2009; 50(1):18-25PN

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic eczema in children from the developed and developing countries has been increasing.

METHODS

Three epidemiological surveys of the prevalence of bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic eczema in schoolchildren in Taichung, located in central Taiwan, were conducted in 1987, 1994, and 2002. The first questionnaire was used before the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) written questionnaire was developed; the last two surveys were modified using ISAAC questionnaires.

RESULTS

A total of 37,801, 75,960, and 11,580 children were studied in 1987, 1994 and 2002, respectively. The prevalence of allergic diseases had increased in the past two decades. Results indicate that the prevalence of bronchial asthma had risen, from 2.19% in 1987, and 3.54% in 1994, to 6.99% in 2002. Regardless of sex, the prevalence of bronchial asthma decreased with increasing age. The prevalence of allergic rhinitis was 5.1% in 1987, 12.46% in 1987, and 27.59% in 2002, and the prevalence of atopic eczema was 1.10% in 1987, 1.88% in 1994, and 3.35% in 2002.

CONCLUSION

There has been a significant increase in the prevalence of bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis in Taichung schoolchildren from 1987 to 2002.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Allergy, Asthma and Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19326834

Citation

Liao, Pei-Fen, et al. "Prevalence of Childhood Allergic Diseases in Central Taiwan Over the Past 15 Years." Pediatrics and Neonatology, vol. 50, no. 1, 2009, pp. 18-25.
Liao PF, Sun HL, Lu KH, et al. Prevalence of childhood allergic diseases in central Taiwan over the past 15 years. Pediatr Neonatol. 2009;50(1):18-25.
Liao, P. F., Sun, H. L., Lu, K. H., & Lue, K. H. (2009). Prevalence of childhood allergic diseases in central Taiwan over the past 15 years. Pediatrics and Neonatology, 50(1), pp. 18-25. doi:10.1016/S1875-9572(09)60025-5.
Liao PF, et al. Prevalence of Childhood Allergic Diseases in Central Taiwan Over the Past 15 Years. Pediatr Neonatol. 2009;50(1):18-25. PubMed PMID: 19326834.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence of childhood allergic diseases in central Taiwan over the past 15 years. AU - Liao,Pei-Fen, AU - Sun,Hai-Lun, AU - Lu,Ko-Hsiu, AU - Lue,Ko-Huang, PY - 2009/3/31/entrez PY - 2009/3/31/pubmed PY - 2009/4/15/medline SP - 18 EP - 25 JF - Pediatrics and neonatology JO - Pediatr Neonatol VL - 50 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: The prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic eczema in children from the developed and developing countries has been increasing. METHODS: Three epidemiological surveys of the prevalence of bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic eczema in schoolchildren in Taichung, located in central Taiwan, were conducted in 1987, 1994, and 2002. The first questionnaire was used before the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) written questionnaire was developed; the last two surveys were modified using ISAAC questionnaires. RESULTS: A total of 37,801, 75,960, and 11,580 children were studied in 1987, 1994 and 2002, respectively. The prevalence of allergic diseases had increased in the past two decades. Results indicate that the prevalence of bronchial asthma had risen, from 2.19% in 1987, and 3.54% in 1994, to 6.99% in 2002. Regardless of sex, the prevalence of bronchial asthma decreased with increasing age. The prevalence of allergic rhinitis was 5.1% in 1987, 12.46% in 1987, and 27.59% in 2002, and the prevalence of atopic eczema was 1.10% in 1987, 1.88% in 1994, and 3.35% in 2002. CONCLUSION: There has been a significant increase in the prevalence of bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis in Taichung schoolchildren from 1987 to 2002. SN - 1875-9572 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19326834/Prevalence_of_childhood_allergic_diseases_in_central_Taiwan_over_the_past_15_years_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1875-9572(09)60025-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -