Mexico: 40 million people suffer from some form of allergy
Approximately 40 million people in Mexico suffer from allergy that affects the quality of life of families and causes school and work absenteeism. The National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) stated that 20% of the worlds’ population have allergies, corresponding to 1.5 billion people.
Chronic allergy can last up to three months and in many cases, is recurrent despite the treatments that the patient has undergone. The INER observed that prevalence of allergies in Latin America particularly in Mexico is similar to the numbers reported in highly industrialized countries.
For some types of allergies, the numbers in Mexico is slightly above the global average. According to research in Ciudad Victoria, Tijuana, Mexicali and Monterrey, rhinitis affects 27% of the children between six to seven years and 43% of adolescents aged 13-14years. The category of anti-histamines to treat allergies in Mexico reports sales of USD42.2 million and three million units each year.