We really can’t thank Dr Robert Boyle enough for sharing the amazing news that we, the allergic community, are far more likely to die at the hands of a murderer than from a fatal anaphylactic attack.

Allergy death less likely than murder

I’m so pleased.

I walk around perpetually terrified of murderers on every corner (NOT).

Following me into restaurants, hiding in friend’s houses, at dinner parties, in hotels, even where I work.

Behind every shelf in the supermarket, at sports events, in pubs, especially in pubs.

Murderers everywhere.

But according to Dr Robert Boyle the chances of me actually being murdered are 11 in one million, so I really should just stop being such a girly wuss and get on with my life. Stop glancing over my shoulder for that shadow in the trees. Just relax and enjoy my life. Noone wants to kill me, surely? Apart from Mr Nutcase, Mrs Dairy and their friends Soya, celery and peanut who refuse to stop attacking me.

The chance of me dying from anaphylaxis is 1.81 in a million, about a third less likely than being murdered.

But you are also more likely to die from anaphylaxis than win the lottery. Another warming stastic to mull over tonight.

You can read more about what Dr Robert Boyle says here in

It really is such a weight off my shoulders. Someone is more than likely going to kill me before any of allergens can get there first. I’m not sure which is the worse way to go?

This research appeared in the journal, Clinical and Experimental allergy and proves how thankfully rare death from anaphylaxis is, but how on earth does a statistic like this help anyone with allergies?

Do we survive in such numbers by the very fact that we live our lives in perpetual avoidance of allergens?

Is it the constant diligence, understanding and careful planning that keeps us and our loved ones safe?

If you have been rushed to A&E or had an anaphylactic attack after reacting from ingesting different allergens you will no doubt feel this is not a matter to make light of.

Have you ever been aware of outsmarting murderers on such a regular basis? I fear not, at least I hope not!

Reading something like this, research from a doctor which appears to imply those with allergies shouldn’t worry so much, is kind of upsetting, but we can always find a positive.

Dr Boyle also says “We don’t want to belittle the concerns of people with food allergies or their families, and of course, people should continue to take reasonable precautions. That said, we want to reassure them that having a food allergy makes a very small difference to someone’s overall risk of death.”

Allergies are serious and can be debilitating to live with; milder reactions from accidental exposure caused by cross contamination or mistakes take a toll on daily life, health, fatigue and cause depression. Allergies should not just be measured in the few deaths but also in the growing numbers who live with this challenge. It’s hard sometimes but it can be very positive, to understand fully what you eat and make sure you eat healthily. It really does make you examine your diet and read labels properly.

Take control of your allergies, learn all you can, take precautions, read labels, plan carefully when eating out and you should be able to fight off allergic reactions and murderers alike!

How does this article make you feel? Does it reassure you? or just annoy you a little bit?

Now I’m just off to double lock all the doors, secure all the bolts and set the alarms. Well you can never too careful!



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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