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Twelve million Brits allergic to their own homes as indoor allergies hit record highs (Daily Mail)
The number of Brits affected by indoor allergies has hit record levels experts have warned. According to new figures, household allergies are on the increase. The NHS estimates that 12 million people now seek treatment for the condition and six million are so seriously affected they need specialist help. Allergy UK, which commissioned the latest study, confirm that perennial allergic rhinitis, also known as 'home fever', is becoming increasingly prevalent. It causes cold-like symptoms such sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion.
A poll of 1,600 people with allergies concluded that 58 per cent react to house dust mites, 31 per cent said they were allergic to mould and 45 per cent had a pet allergy. Around 30 per cent of sufferers are also allergic to the chemicals found in common cleaning products. Lindsey McManus, from Allergy UK, said that the condition is more prominent during the winter months as central heating encourages the growth of dust mites.