World allergy organization guidelines for prevention of allergy and allergic asthma

Innes Asher, Carlos Baena-Cagnani, Attilio Boner, G. Walter Canonica, Alexander Chuchalin, Adnan Custovic, Elif Dagli, Tari Haahtela, Matthias Haus, Michal Hemmo-Loten, Stephen Holgate, John Holloway, Patrick Holt, Arne Host, Yoji Iikura, S. G O Johansson, Allen Kaplan, Marek L. Kowalski, Richard Lockey, Charles NaspitzJoseph Odhiambo, Johannes Ring, Joaquin Sastre, Torsten Schäfer, Katherine Venables, Pakit Vichyanond, Benjamin Volovitz, Ulrich Wahn, John Warner, Kevin Weiss, Nan Shan Zhong, Karen Henley*

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The prevalence of asthma and allergy is increasing. It is estimated that over 20% of the world's population suffer from immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated allergic diseases such as asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, eczema, and anaphylaxis. Asthma, which in more than 50% of adults and in at least 80% of affected children is allergic, occurs in around 5-15% of the pediatric population. Asthma is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to affect 150 million people worldwide, placing an enormous strain on health resources in many countries, and is a major cause of hospitalizations for chronic diseases in children in the western world. Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma was a collaborative project between the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) [1]. This document is a condensed version of the full Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma Report [2]. The strategic guidelines in this document have been developed to provide a sound basis for practical action to be taken by governments, health care professionals, lay organizations, and patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-185
Number of pages10
JournalAllergy and Clinical Immunology International
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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