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Left-Handers and Allergies

Left-handers and allergiesAllergy Awareness Week runs from 23- 29 April 2018 and there have been various reports of left-handers being more susceptible to allergies.  Stanley Coren in his book Left-Hander reports a study in Glasgow, Scotland where lefthanders were found to be eleven times more likely than righ-handers to suffer from hay fever, asthma and eczema.
 
Another study at St. Mary's Hospital allergy clinic in London found that patients were 70% more likely to be left-handed than right-handed.
 
Some research has found an increase in childhood allergies among left-handers and the report we found in the New York Times from back in 1983 also related left-handedness to stuttering, food allergies in hyperactive children and immune diseases among children with autism.  The link between left-handedness and childhood allergies in particular was supported by a full review of the literature, reported here.
 
LHC's Keith has always had bad hayfever.  If you have any knowledge or experience of left-handedness and allergies, please make a comment below.
 
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6 comments on “Left-Handers and Allergies
  1. Jonathan Atkinson says:

    As I understand it, eczema is not necessarily an allergic symptom. I have had eczema off and on for over 50 years, but no allergic cause has been identified. My sister and, so far as I know, my late aunt and grandmother have never had any allergy identified. It is perhaps somewhat ironic that the only member of the family to suffer from an allergy is my strongly right-handed brother, who suffered badly from hay fever in his youth.

    I don’t quite know what to make of this in the light of the report referred to.

  2. Edwin says:

    I have no form of allergy though am rather picky on the kind of food I eat due to personal reasons (I still eat those foods once in a whole).
    All those that I know being left handed ; my late Mom, my sister and other classmates, I have never observed any kind of allergy reported by them or seen one.
    I rather know of a friend who is right handed and allergic to a whole lot of things from dust even down to any prescription drugs.
    I think it might be region specific, no judgment!

  3. Elaine says:

    I used to suffer from eczema fairly badly when I was growing up, but now it only flares up now and again on my eye. Also have hayfever, think I must be allergic to the tree pollen as mine starts early. I’m also allergic to dust and citrus if I have too much of it over a long enough period (think that’s when my eye flares up). Don’t know if it’s a left-handed thing or not, as some other members of the family also have/had eczema and hayfever and they’re right-handed.

  4. Helen says:

    I’m left handed and have had outbreaks of eczema throughout my life. I also have rosacea – another auto-immune skin problem. I’m allergic to penicillin. I occasionally have spectacular outbreaks of hives or nettle-rash after eating or drinking something – especially processed foods or drinks (the last occasion was after a sneaky Pot Noodle; try not to judge).

  5. Gerald McMullon says:

    Being left handed and a teacher I have looked carefully at any student who uses their left hand to write with. I have yet to meet a left handed person with any allergy. Those I know to have allergies or increases illness and hyperactive have all been right handed. I have met one left handed who was diagnosed as being bi-polar.

    • Dr. Billy Levin says:

      Roger Sperry was awarded the Nobel Prize for his split brain research. If one is familiar with what each brain is capable of doing there is no confusion.

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